At a meeting of Withiel Parish Council on September 2nd 2020, we discussed our response to Climate Change. It was very hard to see how most residents can do much locally when the main part is played by the farming community. However, small things done by all of us add up to making a difference and Cornwall Council have a really good initiative on their website called the Grow Nature Toolkit –
If you click on the ‘get involved’ tab at the top of the page, you will see lots of ways in which you can do just that.
Here are some ideas:
Recycle everything you can – contact Cornwall Council if you do not already have the boxes for glass and bags for plastic, paper and cardboard https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/recycling-collections
Reduce household waste – this is also linked to how you shop for items. Making a conscious decision not to buy things with a lot of unnecessary packaging.
Take part in outdoor leisure activities – and teach your children to enjoy these pastimes too.
Inspire your family to live in an environmentally friendly way – set an example
Protect our waters and coast – keep our coast litter free, refuse single use plastics, eat sustainably caught fish, be a responsible boat owner, do not use wet wipes or plastic based sanitary products.
Shop for food responsibly – can you grow your own? Buy organic food whenever possible, support farmers markets, buy locally sourced seasonal food.
Be a responsible pet owner – adopt a dog from a rescue centre, try to prevent your cat killing wildlife, dispose of dog waste responsibly, keep dogs to footpaths, never release unwanted pets, use fewer chemicals to control parasites (horse owners use testing facilities before giving wormers).
Find out how you can help local wildlife – garden without chemicals, let some of your garden go wild, support a wildlife group.
Be an armchair activist – contact your MP about environmental issues which you care about, educate yourself about wildlife, inspire others to get into nature.
Change your workplace into a greener space – make your workplace energy efficient, create a green wall, turn off or dim security lighting, use environmentally friendly cleaning materials.
Garden more responsibly – avoid using peat-based compost, create your own wildflower meadow, make a pond, plant native trees in your garden.
Schools – whether you are a teacher, pupil or parent there are plenty of suggestions for schools and all achievable – get growing, get children involved, create a pond and bring learning alive, go wild outside, become an eco-school, change the menu, get children outdoors etc – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/grow-nature/get-involved/schools
Help improve your community areas and spaces – whether you are part of the WI or a Scout Troop, a local football club or book group, you can help create environmental growth in community spaces. By making the most of the outdoor spaces and by educating and inspiring others you can help turn local parks, playing fields, churchyards and courtyards into places where nature can flourish. And even if you are not involved in an existing group think about setting one up through your nearest school, church or sports club. Create a pond or wetland in your garden, find out how you can farm more responsibly, make changes at school and get involved with your Parish Council. There are links to all these ideas on Cornwall Council Website.
For members of the farming community who have not explored The CFE website (Championing the Farmed Environment) here is a link that you might find interesting:
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WARNING – For the attention of all residents
There have been several sightings of suspicious strangers appearing without invitation at properties in the area.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the police via 101 (or 999 in an emergency). If you are concerned or have problems with the 101 number, contact Cllr Chris Batters – email@example.com (01208 269991) – to report what you have seen. Feel free to contact him at any time. He will contact the police on your behalf if necessary.
Until we are able to set up a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which we plan to do very soon, Cllr Batters will collect reports for us.
Can I just remind all residents to keep a close eye on family and neighbours, albeit from a safe distance. If your neighbour is alone, elderly, not computer literate or suffering any kind of ill health, disability or disadvantage please offer to help!
People may need shopping, dog walking, collection of medications or simply a friendly phone conversation and it will be up to all of us to make sure that everyone in the parish eats well, stays safe and stays in touch. Our immune system needs good food, fresh air and exercise to work properly.
Here is a regularly updated link to Cornwall Council’s latest information about the Covid-19 situation to keep people in the loop: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/
The most vulnerable people may not see this information and so we can all make a small effort to print out anything which is relevant and make sure it has been seen. For those of you who do use the internet, there is a Facebook local support group – Covid-19 Support | Withiel & St Wenn – set up to provide information and to keep locals in touch. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need to!
Janet Shearer, Withiel Parish Council
The Parish Council has seven Councillors elected on a four-year cycle. For their details go to: Councillors
They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.15pm in the Withiel Village Hall. Members of the public are always welcome and there is a public participation session at the start of every meeting. Please check the website and noticeboard in case of any changes to dates, due to holidays.
Come along and see how your Parish Council works or please contact the Parish Clerk if you have any questions concerning the work of the Parish Council.
The Parish Clerk, Julie Burdon, may be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01726 890983/07899718000
The Chairman, Janet Shearer, may be contacted by email: email@example.com or telephone: 07881 930884