Beth Williamson

The Great Collaboration- towards a Zero Carbon Herefordshire is an inspirational project which aims to support local councils and their communities.

This talk will provide information about this project including how you can get involved.


Beth Williamson is a former Secondary School teacher of English now working as coordinator for The Great Collaboration- towards Zero Carbon Herefordshire.

In 2016, having worked in Education for 10 years, she moved to Herefordshire to have a family and pursue a more sustainable lifestyle.

She has set up and solely run The Green Schools Project in Herefordshire where she has been able to work alongside Herefordshire Council, Spring Greens Educational Days and The West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network. Beth is secretary for The Herefordshire Green Network and sits on Leominster council.

The Great Collaboration- towards a zero carbon Herefordshire

Between August 2019 and February 2020 during Stage 1 of The Great Collaboration project HGN took a zero carbon focussed workshop to six locations across Herefordshire (Hereford, Bromyard, Ledbury, Ross- on-Wye, Leominster and Kington). Stage 1 of The Great Collaboration aimed to engage as many councillors as possible with the aim of raising understanding about the issues of becoming carbon neutral. Workshops focused on achieving zero carbon across four key areas; transport, energy generation, energy saving in buildings and land use.

As we entered lockdown our project went online. This last year we have provided tailored webinars for councillors, rebuilt our website which includes videos of all of our events and resources for councillors and grown our membership to 12 local councils- our aim has been to support the feeling of local momentum towards carbon reduction.

We have also worked with Capolor Horizons with funding from MCS to develop The Great Collaboration Portal. This is a brand new online initiative that provides a portal for parish councils to understand what their communities need to get into action about carbon reduction.

The website resources we have developed will offer support for those councils developing their own local strategies, and a way of working with their local community that will be both inspirational and practical, enabling communities to engage with the climate emergency in a way that provides local outcomes, and allays feelings of impotency in the face of climate anxiety.