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Community

Cornwall Council Leader, Julian German cutting the ribbon at the opening of a 100kw solar array, built by community group, WREN

Cornwall has many vibrant communities. Individuals and local groups strive to make Cornwall a cleaner, greener place. The photo above shows Leader of the Council, Julian German and others. Julian is cutting the ribbon at the opening of a 100kw solar array built by the community group, Wren.

There's lots going on in Cornwall. from beach cleans to repair cafes and climate action groups - and you can get involved too.

Environmental projects

Our own Grow Nature Toolkit, has some great tips and resources for communities. Our Grow Nature Seed Fund provides grants to schools and community groups. Grants of up to £1,000 are available. 

The Woodland Trust give free trees to schools and community groups. Which can help with planting trees for the Forest For Cornwall. You can help by starting or joining a community planting scheme.

The Woodland Trust has a separate scheme for people with large areas of land for tree planting.

For more funding ideas please visit our Grow Nature site.

Explore the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive

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Visit the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive our new web space to share information and ideas to help tackle climate change together.

We understand that not everyone knows where to start or how to reduce their carbon footprint. We know that some people need support and encouragement. We also know there are people in Cornwall who can help other people.

We hope the Carbon Neutral Cornwall (CNC) Hive will become a place where we can get together to learn from each other and 'bee' inspired.

There's plenty to do on the CNC Hive:

  • Find out how you can help Cornwall become carbon neutral
  • Learn what other people are doing
  • Be inspired by articles from guest bloggers
  • Join in with discussions about low carbon living
  • Share ideas so we can tackle climate change together.

Please visit the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive and join in with our collaborative 'hive mind' thinking: https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/carbon-neutral-cornwall

Innovative projects in the community

There are many projects in Cornwall solving local issues with innovative solutions. You can read about them below.

Sustainable transport

The Age UK Cornwall Sustainable Transport project has electric vehicles for communities to use. The vehicles are multi-person vehicles (MPVs) to connect local communities.

Cornwall Council also supports Co-car. This is a social enterprise that operates an electric car membership scheme.

Sustrans create places that are walking and cycling friendly. They support community projects across the UK. They have maps showing national cycle networks and also have opportunities for volunteering.

Repair Cafes

Repair Cafe Sign photo showing a visitor to a Repair Café sewing with help from a volunteer

There are a growing number of Repair Cafes in Cornwall. Instead of throwing items away, people can get them repaired and learn a new skill at the same time.

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Cornwall Council is working in partnership with the Repair Cafes. We have developed the Repair Cafe Network to help volunteers set up new cafes. The network also lists all the reapir cafes that are running.

Find out when and where the next repair cafes will be running near you.

Beach cleans and litter picks

Anyone can join in with beach cleans. You can pick up rubbish yourself as you walk across a beach on your own. Or you can join an organised beach clean. Surfers Against Sewage organise regular beach cleans. So do Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Beach Rangers Your Shore Network.

Clean Cornwall organise beach cleans and litter picks.

Beach cleans and litter picks are a great way to improve your local environment and meet people. Most importantly they protect marine and other wildlife from plastic pollution.

Schools and youth climate action

There are links to educational resources on our Education page The resources can be helpful for schools, colleges and youth climate action.

Funding

Visit our Grants advice service page for funding for community projects. It has a link to our Grow Nature Seed Fund and other environmental funding schemes. The funds and grants support projects that will help create more space for nature. Projects can include local tree and hedgerow planting on public land.

You could also look at crowdfunding options, such as Crowdfunder or JustGiving.

Cornwall Council, in partnership with Crowdfunder, offers match funding for Crowdfunder projects in Cornwall. These include Council Community Chests.

There are a number of financing options available. Especially around funding for community renewable energy projects. For example the Community Shares Unit, Abundance, Leapfrog, Thrive Renewables, Ethex, C02Sense, Charity Bank and Co-op

Climate Action Groups and charities

Most areas in Cornwall have a climate action group nearby which you can join - or if there isn't one you can start your own. The Climate Action website has some great tips on how to start and hold your own climate action group.

Organisations and charities may be able to help you find local action groups to join. For eample Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. As well as the Cornwall Wildlife, the Climate Coalition and others.

Town and Parish Councils

Many town and parish councils in Cornwall have declared a climate emergency already. Many others are consulting their communities about what actions and projects to undertake. Visit our  Town and Parish Council page for information for Town and Parish Councils.