Volunteering across Cornwall Council's estate

Last year more than 56,000 hours of volunteering was undertaken across Cornwall Council's estate with the support of Cormac’s Partnership Officers. This scheme enables people in local communities to undertake a quiet revolution in transforming previously neglected areas of Cornwall.

The scheme is designed to allow local groups and individuals to maintain and enhance any Cornwall Council asset, with the benefit of support from Cormac.

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From tiny verge areas outside of people’s front doors, to significant enhancement of established parks and open spaces, there are opportunities for everyone.

Recent success stories include the transformation of a neglected and overgrown historic garden area at Menacuddle Well, St Austell, where ancient specimen trees and a restored pond now provide a welcome spot for contemplation – all thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of a dozen or so volunteers who have rebuilt walls and improved access footpaths.

The Friends of Thanckes Park in Torpoint have worked wonders in opening up this established public open space, using volunteer engagement days and fun activity events to promote engagement across the local community. Their inaugural event attracted over 50 volunteers who cleared overgrown areas, created homes for wildlife and natural play areas, and planned for the next phases of work. 

A year or so on, wildflower meadows are on their way to being established, a fire pit has been created and a lottery grant means that the playpark will soon be sporting improved and enhanced play equipment.

Sign up if you wish to undertake a volunteering exercise.