Mawnan – a climate considerate community

Mawnan is in a wonderful green area of Cornwall and is predominately contained within the Helford AONB.

As our efforts to work towards carbon neutrality  we will be adding information here to help  … but this is not just a section for the parish council.  We hope that every group in the community, every individual in the parish and every business that does trade within our borders will try to do their small part to help with wider environment .  We would love to be able to add any hints, tips, solutions or initiatives that you might know about here.

Abandoned boats in the creek network (think Anna Maria …)

Seems this is a nationwide problem and only likely to get worse. A BBC report says “There are estimated to be about one million of all types in the UK, including kayaks, with it costing more than £3,000 to scrap larger vessels. It has led to warnings of a “tidal wave of abandonments”, which could devastate marine life.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said a lack of end-of-life regulation and disposal costs can lead to boats being dumped, and it was looking at ways to tackle the problem.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it would be working with other countries to map the scale of the issue and develop guidance to improve the problem.
Dr Ciocan (report author) found “huge quantities” of tiny fibreglass shards used to make boats in oysters and mussels, and warned of potential dangers to sea life as well as humans.
She likened them to asbestos, adding: “It took Sir David Attenborough 10 years to make us aware of plastic pollution. Unless a big name does the same on this, not much can be done.”

The new Cornwall AONB Management Plan 2022-2027 is now available.  It’s an online document, no printed copies to be sustainable, but you can view/download specific chapters of interest. 

Sign up for the South West Coastpath seasonal newsletter, or you can take a look at some of the past issues.

Cornwall County has sent us an email outline services for those struggling with various aspects of the current cost of living crisis.  Rather than list them out we are giving you access to the whole email.  Part of this email covers ….

The Sustainable Warmth Fund is the new grant-funded energy efficiency scheme from the Government.

This fund aims to improve the EPC rating of your home with a range of energy saving measures, to reduce (or offset rising) heating costs, making your home warmer and improve your general health and wellbeing. 

Cornwall Council works in partnership with OVO Energy Solutions to deliver this scheme to homes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

This scheme runs until March 2023. Find out if you are eligible for the scheme today. 

With energy and food prices going up and climate change on all our minds, it’s never been more important to try to save energy, save money and lower our carbon emissions.

Around 21% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from our homes. There are lots of ways to cut down on the energy we use – and save on the cost of our bills. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau produced this video with information on how we can all save money and lower our carbon emissions.

You can get more information on this and other ways to cut carbon emissions, on the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive. 

Help is available if you are struggling to pay your bills – visit our Support for Residents page for more information.

Please don’t put off contacting someone if you have money worries, there are many organisations providing help and advice.

Cutting your carbon footprint  – handy hints, facts and figures.  

Try making a Pledge or Two through CLIMATE VISION – every little bit helps.

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