Cornwall has many vibrant communities where individuals and local groups strive to make Cornwall a cleaner, greener place. The photo above shows Leader of the Council, Julian German, cutting the ribbon at the opening of 100kw solar array built by the community group, Wren.
From beach cleans to repair cafes and climate action groups, there's lots going on in Cornwall - and you can get involved too.
Our own Grow Nature Toolkit, has some great tips and resources for communities. We also have a Grow Nature Seed Fund which provides grants of up to £1000 for schools and community groups who have a project they need to get off the ground.
If you have a particularly large area of land you want to plant the Woodland Trust have a separate scheme in place to help.
For more funding ideas please visit our Grow Nature site.
Innovative projects in the community
There are many projects across Cornwall that look to solve local issues with innovative solutions.
One such project is the Sustainable Transport in Cornwall project from Age UK, which provides electric multi-person vehicles (MPVs) to connect local communities.
Cornwall Council also supports Co-car, a social enterprise who operate an electric car membership scheme.
Sustrans are an organisation that create places that are walkable and cycle friendly and support community projects across the UK. They have maps showing national cycle networks and also have opportunities for volunteering.
There are a growing number of Repair Cafes in Cornwall where, instead of throwing items away, people can get them repaired and learn a new skill at the same time.
Cornwall Council are working in partnership with these cafes to help facilitiate the Repair Cafe Network which lists all the cafes that are running and help volunteers set up new ones.
Beach cleans and litterpicks
There are a number of organisation throughout Cornwall who organise regular beach cleans that you can get involved in. These include Surfers Against Sewage and Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Beach Rangers Your Shore Network.
Clean Cornwall organise beach cleans and litterpicks.
These activities are a great way to improve your local environment, meet new people and most importantly protect marine and other wildlife from plastic pollution.
Schools and youth climate action
Visit our Education page for links to resources for schools, colleges and youth climate action.
If you're looking for funding for community projects our Grants advice service page lists some organisations and opportunities open to you. You may also be interested in our Grow Nature Seed Fund and other envioronmental funding schemes to support projects that will help create more space for nature, including local tree and hedgerow planting on public land.
Through our partnership with Crowdfunder, Cornwall Council 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, such as 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 such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, Cornwall Wildlife, The Climate Coalition and many, many more, may be able to help you find local groups to join.
Town and Parish Councils
Many town and parish councils in Cornwall have declared a climate emergency already, with many others consulting their communities about what actions and projects to undertake. Visit our Town and Parish Council page for information on resources for Town and Parish Councils.