Our vision is to transform a small, suburban, riverside farm from intensive agriculture to outstanding natural habitat delivering a broad range of social and environmental public goods. Our focus centres on biodiversity and regenerative land-management practices to deliver benefits such as

  • Flood mitigation
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Biodiversity
  • Improved river water quality
  • Leisure and quality of life
  • Sustainable agriculture and food production

Friends of Bartonsham Meadows formed in early 2020 in response to recent local land management practices, regional flooding, and the global climate crisis. The working group comprises ecologists, archaeologists, activists, historians and conservationists. The grass-roots group works with city residents, landowners and managers, wildlife and ecological experts, the Church and other stakeholders to create and conserve a thriving local environment on the meadows.


The working group of Friends of Bartonsham Meadows is a team drawn from local residents, representatives, experts and activists in ecology, archeology, history and local governance.

Charlie Arthur

Charlie Arthur is a local resident and works as a consultant archaeologist. He began his career excavating the medieval sites of Hereford and went on to work in Ireland and southern Africa.  He is often to be found walking or running in the meadows and is committed to making this an ecological and social resource that future generations will be proud of.

Chloe Bradman

Communications Coordinator, Friends of Bartonsham Meadows

Chloe is a local resident who has recently made her way home to Hereford after graduating from her degree in English Language and Linguistics in Sheffield this year. In light of the pandemic she has set up her own remote freelance business to help small businesses and organisations with their communications and administrative load. Contact chloe_bradman@hotmail.co.uk for any enquiries.

Mo Burns

Mo is Tree Warden for Central ward, committee member of the Hereford Branch of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and grandma of 10. Mo wants Hereford to be a model healthy city for all generations, now and to come.

Ariella Feldman

An intro- local resident and supporter of both city green spaces and community cohesion. This campaign is logical and decent.

Anna Gundrey

Anna is a local resident and consultant ecologist.

Bill Laws


Bill Laws is the author of National Geographics’ Field Guide to Fields and Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History. He’s a founder member of Bartonsham History Group.

Jeremy Milln, Councillor

Elected to the Council in May 2019, Jeremy considers it a privilege to represent the Central ward, which includes almost the entire area of the City as Taylor knew it in 1757 plus the Victorian and later suburbs of St James and Portfields. Jeremy has a background in archaeology and curatorship, much of it for the National Trust, and particular interest in conservation and interpretation of the historic environment. Particular interests include the sensitive and socially beneficial adaptation of underused historic buildings, in green infrastructure in urban environments and in improving health outcomes through better housing.

Contact jeremy.milln@herefordshire.gov.uk for Council matters or jeremy.milln@gmail.com for everything else.

Originating from Abergavenny in South Wales Andrew studied Biology and Environmental Sciences at Wolverhampton University. His career in conservation started in the mid-1990s working on conserving the coastal habitats and wetlands of the Romney Marshes in Kent and Sussex.  He moved to Herefordshire with his family in 2002 and worked for 13 years at the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Office in Monmouth before leaving to take up a role with Gwent Wildlife Trust in 2014.  He moved to his current position of Senior Conservation Manager with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in April 2016.

Will Steel

Will is a local resident and dog walker and is out on the meadows most days. He has a professional background in rights of way and is a former director of the Institute of Public Rights of Way & Access Management. He is keen to see the meadows managed in an environmentally sensitive way whilst maximising opportunities for the public to enjoy them.

Elaine Underwood

Elaine is a local resident and can often be found walking in the meadows. She is also Secretary of the St. James’ and Bartonsham Community Association and a representative of the St. James’ Church eco team.

St. James and Bartonsham Community Group (JABA) (facebook.com)

Eco Church – A Rocha UK

Rhys Ward

Rhys is in his final year studying Conservation Science at the University of the West of England (UWE). A local resident committed to supporting and learning more about sustainable agriculture and habitat restoration for the benefit of biodiversity and the community, kicking off his career in conservation.

Ruth Westoby


Convenor, Friends of Bartonsham Meadows

Ruth is a local resident compelled to act by her child questioning why the fields were the ‘wrong’ colour. She is a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London.


The Friends of Bartonsham Meadows are proud to work with partner organisations to share expertise and broaden support for our objectives. We value diverse perspectives and actively seek to engage with communities of interest across Herefordshire, the region, and more broadly. Please get in touch to be involved in this process.

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Please support Friends of Bartonsham Meadows: sign up for our newsletter to hear about our work and how you can get involved to support our objectives.

Donate to support our activities. Make cheques payable to St. James’ and Bartonsham Community Association, noting ‘Friends of Bartonsham Meadows’ on the back. Please post to 19 Nelson Street, Hereford HR1 2NZ.

Get in touch to volunteer your time and share  your views info@friendsofbartonshammeadows.org


  • February 2021 Newsletter
    HELLO A warm welcome back to our Friends of Bartonsham Meadows newsletter. Thank you so much for supporting our campaign. Last night flood warnings were issued for the Wye which is a pollution concern as the meadows appear to have been sprayed recently. Please take care. This month… We were informed by the Church Commissioners (the …
  • January 2021 Newsletter
    HELLO Firstly, if you’re new here (and we’ve had a few new sign-ups, up to 135 of you!) – a very warm welcome to Friends of Bartonsham Meadows. Thank you so much for choosing to support our campaign. It’s been a busy month: We’ve spoken again with the land-owners, the Church Commissioners, alongside Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. …
  • December 2020 Newsletter
    HELLO Thank you for supporting positive ecological management of Bartonsham Meadows. This month we have: Continued our discussions (online)with the Church Commissioners, with our next discussion scheduled for mid-January Improved our Stronger Towns Fund bid, lead by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, and re-submitted it to the board Presented (Ruth) to the Community Association (online) introducing our …
  • November 2020 Newsletter
    Hello I hope this newsletter finds you well. Thanks for your continued support of our grassroots project. This month we have Discussed our vision with Jesse Norman MP alongside Jeremy Milln, Councillor for Hereford Central Ward, and Andrew Nixon, Senior Reserves Manager, Hereford Wildlife Trust Submitted a speculative funding pitch to the Stronger Town Fund …
  • October 2020 Newsletter
    Hello Thank you for supporting Friends of Bartonsham Meadows. Your support has enabled us to take forward our project of working to support a transition to ecological and socially beneficial land-use practices at Bartonsham Farm, Hereford. This project brings individual action and insight to bear on crucial questions of belonging, biodiversity, and climate change. Here’s …

December 2020 Newsletter

HELLO Thank you for supporting positive ecological management of Bartonsham Meadows. This month we have: Continued our discussions (online)with the Church Commissioners, with our next discussion scheduled for mid-January Improved our Stronger Towns Fund bid, lead by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, and re-submitted it to the board Presented (Ruth) to the Community Association (online) introducing our …