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So, how do you ‘grow’ the environment? 

Easily! The great thing is, growing the environment can be done at different scales, in different ways, by different people. 

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Any improvements you can make to increase the space and/or conditions for nature to thrive will be a form of Environmental Growth.  Here in Cornwall, we can plant more trees, dig more ponds, eat less meat and create less waste.  We can design new habitats into our work spaces and infrastructure. We can farm organically, or transform our rooftops, gardens, verges and urban areas into havens for wildlife. 

Each choice we make as a consumer or business is an opportunity for Environmental Growth.

Environmental Growth is not just about the practical stuff.  An important part of making Cornwall happier and healthier is about spreading the word and changing attitudes; encouraging friends, family and decision-makers to do what they can for nature. 

Just protecting what we have is not enough, we need your help to grow nature.

To find out more about what you can do, please see our Activities and Volunteering pages. Some of these activities will help you protect the environment, and some will help you grow it.

Each activity is marked with an icon to help you identify your actions.

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Some environmental goods such as wheat or timber can be measured in financial terms – but it’s more difficult to do so for services like climate regulation, pollination or flood defence.

There are many different indicators of Environmental Growth – in nature it can be measured by increased numbers of trees or acres of wildflower meadows; by improved fish stocks or pollination rates.  For society, benefits of environmental growth can be assessed using health and well-being indices, and through the emergence of a more stable and resilient economy.

Cornwall's environment is globally renowned for its location, maritime and geological conditions; and we rely on these unique characteristics for health and prosperity. Our natural systems have been under increasing pressure over centuries, however, with some slow and rapid impacts. Natural systems provide essential goods and services for human life. Indeed, some are critical to our physical health such as clean air and water whilst others are critical to our wellbeing, such as learning and relaxation.