The county of Herefordshire in the West Midlands is one of the most rural in England and the most sparsely populated. Well known for the production of fruit and cider, and the Hereford breed of cattle, the land here is primarily use for agriculture.
Hereford is the only city in the county and most employment is in agriculture, manufacturing and services. In the private sector H. P. Bulmer (cider) and Cargill Meats are the largest employers, while the NHS and the Council are the largest public sector employers.
Close proximity to Wales means that Herefordshire road and rail transport links run east to west, and north to south.