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Views up river from the quay at Cargreen

Landulph Parish Climate Action Group

Landulph Parish Council supports Cornwall Council’s initiative to lead the way and become carbon neutral by 2030 and the Duchy of Cornwall’s Zero2028 commitment to become carbon neutral across its estate by 2028.

Landulph Parish Council Climate Change Statement of Intent

The Parish Council has set up a small sub-group made up of parish councillors and parishioners to encourage individuals to make changes to reduce their impact on the environment. This page summarises the recommendations of the group and provide links to further information.  If you are interested in contributing to the sub-group please contact:

Katherine Williams, Clerk to the Parish Council


LED Light Bulbs

Switching to LED light bulbs in your house reduces your carbon footprint and saves you money.  Typically LED light bulbs use a lot less electricity than ordinary light bulbs (saving £2 - £7 per bulb per year) and last a lot longer (at least 5 times longer).  Switching to LED lights in your house could reduce your carbon footprint per year by 63kg and if we all swapped, we would save 1.7 million tonnes annually.

Practically all bulbs are now available as LEDs including fancy ones with mock filaments.  This neat little table (from The Lightbulb Company) shows you how to buy the right brightness using lumens.

LED Lumens to Watts Conversion Chart - The Lightbulb Co. UK

What you can do

When you need to buy a new light bulb make sure you choose an LED

LED bulbs come in different shades of white so choose warm or soft white for living areas and natural white for working areas

Check the lights you use most frequently and consider switching those to LEDs

Sources of Information

Getting the best out of your LED lighting https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/getting-best-out-your-led-lighting/

Switching to LEDs in 5 steps https://www.thelightbulb.co.uk/resources/ultimate-guide-led-lights-switching-leds-5-steps/


Composting

Composting benefits our gardens by reducing kitchen waste and providing a mini ecosystem all ready to get to work by improving the structure and health of your soil. If you have the space for an open compost heap it will also provide a home and a larder for wildlife including Hedgehogs and grass snakes. Your homemade compost will boost the fertility of your soil without the need for chemicals. It can also help your plants resist disease by increasing water and nutrient retention.

What you can do

Buy a compost bin or make a compost heap

Add the following to your bin: grass cuttings, fruit and vegetable scraps, cardboard, coffee grounds, tea bags (if not containing plastic), eggshells, shredded paper, soft prunings and dead plants 

Do NOT add cooked food, meat, fish, bones, cat litter, dog poo, perennial weeds, woody stems, diseased plants 

Turn regularly to get air in

When your compost is dark, crumbly and sweet smelling, layer it on as a mulch, the worms will do the rest.

Sources of Information

How to compost your waste https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-compost-your-waste


Waste

Something that we can all do something about is waste….and how we can reduce it.

Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 2 barrels of oil & 4,000kw of electricity, that energy saved can power 1 home for 5 months!  The energy saved by recycling just 1 aluminium can is enough to run a television for three hours!  Recycling one tonne of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two-person household for one year! Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60w light bulb for up to 6 hours!  The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle is enough to power a light bulb for 4 hours.

If each household turned down its room heating thermostat by just 2 degrees or drove just 1 mile less per day, it would save as much energy as is used to make the packaging for its whole year’s supply of goods!

The table below shows that there is a task we can all take on. We can all recycle, reuse or compost just a little bit more of our waste that in turn will make a difference.

Cornwall Gateway Community Network Area

The above table is also available as a pdf document here.

What you can do

  • Recycle paper: the average family uses 6 trees worth of paper a year
  • Recycle aluminium cans: the average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime!
  • Recycle plastic bottles
  • Recycle glass bottles

Sources of Information

Cornwall Council Recycling, Rubbish and Waste


Trees

Nothing guzzles carbon like a tree; woodland in the UK captures 20 million tonnes of CO2 annually and a study by Defra’s science department, Forest Research, says soils store most carbon - a massive 72% of a wood’s total. Native woods have other benefits: they enrich the soil, shelter livestock, reduce floodwater runoff, increase biodiversity, produce fruit crops and improve people’s mental health all while storing carbon.  

Forest for Cornwall is not a single area of a new forest but a Cornwall Council project to significantly increase the canopy cover throughout Cornwall while strengthening the protection of our existing trees, woodlands and hedges.


6 ways you can get involved in Forest for Cornwall

What you can do

  • The Parish Council are looking for land on which to plant a small number of trees, so if you have a little piece of land you are not using please contact Katherine Williams or one of the Parish Councillors.
  • Plant a tree in your garden or ask a friend or neighbour to plant a tree on your behalf. Three native trees to consider are Crab Apple, Hawthorn and Silver Birch, all good for small gardens.
  • This year is a 'Mast' year when trees and shrubs produce a bumper crop of their fruit or nuts, so now is the time to collect seeds from our local trees and see if you can grow your own saplings.
  • Become a member of the Woodland Trust and fund a tree.

Sources of Information

Forest for Cornwall

Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust – growing a tree from seed

The Tree Council – growing a tree from seed


Climate Crisis

To become carbon- neutral we need to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we produce and capture the carbon dioxide we do produce to prevent it entering the atmosphere. In this way our impact on the planet will support a positive future for everyone. To achieve this target, businesses, residents and organisations in Cornwall need to work in partnership with Cornwall Council to tackle carbon emissions in the areas illustrated in the diagram below.


Cornwall Council's Carbon Neutral Action Plan

Diagram from Cornwall Council’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan


Although this is a huge national issue - there is something everyone can do – from the way we work, the way we travel, the way we purchase things, the way we dispose of things, the way we keep warm...and even what we eat.  This is something that everyone can make a difference with – lots of small initiatives can have a big effect!

Sources of Information

Cornwall Council Climate Emergency

Environmental Growth in Cornwall

Duchy of Cornwall Sustainable Stewardship (pdf)

Eden Project - Make the Change

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Carbon Footprint Calculator – WWF

Carbon Footprint Calculator – Carbon Independent.org

Support for Electric Charging Points for Small Businesses