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Landulph Parish Council
Views up river from the quay at Cargreen

Landulph Parish Climate Action Group

Landulph Parish Council supports Cornwall Councilís initiative to declare a joint Climate and Ecological Emergency. The commitment is to become carbon neutral by 2030 and to protect, conserve and grow Cornwallís eco-systems to ensure a fully sustainable low carbon future for Cornwall.

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 provides links to further information. If you are interested in contributing to the sub-group please contact:

Katherine Williams, Clerk to the Parish Council

Droopy Ivy in a Landulph Rainforest

The Rainforests of Landulph

Steep, deep green and secret Ė thatís how temperate rainforests are imagined. Landulph is lucky: ours are easy to find and easily accessible.  Landulph has all the ingredients needed for a rainforest to flourish; a warm south-westerly prevailing wind keeps our temperatures comparatively high throughout the year.  We have a notoriously high rainfall, keeping our multitude of springs running through most of the year.  You can find seepage from those springs almost everywhere from the high ground down towards the watercourses. Those watercourses have cut deep hollows into the ground and if the greenery in those hollows has remained untamed for a long time, thereís the chance for a rainforest to grow. 

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20th May 2023

Chart of progress against priorities

Strategic Intent and Progress 2023/24

In April 2023, LPCAG reevaluated our priorities for the next year - we all agreed that our priorities of Biodiversity and Transport would continue for another year with Biodiversity renamed to Nature Recovery as this more accurately reflects what we want to achieve. Other topic headings include Energy, Youth Engagement, Local Community and Networking. We will maintain Recycling with a view to prioritising this topic in 2024 to coincide with changes in Cornwall County Councilís waste management services. The chart above illustrates the activities we have completed so far this year against our priorities

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Strategic Intent and Progress 2022/23

4th April 2023

Repair and Reuse in Saltash

Saltash now has two Scrapstores in Fore Street where you can buy all kinds of bits and pieces and a repair cafe that runs in St Nicolas Church on the second Saturday of each month.

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10th March 2023

Dragonfly

Ponds make me happy

I can identify with the dragonfly.  We require water to drink, food to eat and a place to rest and be secure.  Looking around our garden, I see very few dragonflies because it offers none of the above. It needs a body of water with some plants in it. Kidney-shaped or round, deep or shallow, wild or formal; anything will attract beetles, newts, tadpoles and dragonflies.  A forever changing landscape to sit and watch whilst drinking a cup of tea.

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10th March 2023

Thermal images of loft hatch and of underfloor heating pipes

Using a Thermal Camera to identify cold spots

Landulph Parish Council has recently purchased a FLIR One Pro thermal camera for LPCAG to use. This thermal camera combines an ordinary digital picture with an infrared picture so that you can see temperature differences represented by colour shading combined with an outline of the background. Thermal cameras have many uses but LPCAG will be using it to help residents in our local community identify cold spots in their homes. Once identified, simple insulation (eg draft excluders or extra loft insulation) targeted at these cold spots can keep your home warmer and save on heating costs.

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18th January 2023

Coombe Corner

Members of the Parish Council's LPCAG have become official Cormac volunteers with responsibility for the corner of land between Coombe Drive and Coombe Lane. Amanda Pugh had already planted up an old dinghy to create a space for pollinators and increase biodiversity by creating a wildlife corridor to her nearby garden.

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5th December 2022

Landulph - Home of Endangered Species

The parish of Landulph is home to at least three endangered species: the hedgehog, which is on the ICUN Red list as vulnerable to extinction, the curlew listed as near threatened, and the swift which is globally threatened.

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5th November 2022

Summer Days Out

Thinking about a day out but the thought of summer parking making you groan? We've been trying some different days out for you:

The Cargreen train - a scenic journey from Gunnislake to opposite Cargreen and over the viaducts to Plymouth

Looe without the traffic - enjoy an easy free parking day by taking the train from Saltash via Liskeard to Looe

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16th July 2022

Eco Day at Landulph School

We were delighted that Landulph Parish Climate Action Group (LPCAG) was invited by Landulph School to speak at their Eco Day in May. The school was hosting an event attended by students from other school councils across the region focussing on what can be done to look after the environment and what and how they can make changes to their schools and in their local areas to be more eco-friendly. LPCAG was able to share our knowledge on the importance of protecting the biodiversity and special habitats around us and we looked at some of the important wildlife that is under threat, but which we are lucky to have in our local area, including the curlew, hedgehogs and our summer visitors, the swifts!

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18th May 2022

Pie Chart showing % of electricity by appliance for the average household - see text for detail.

Cutting Your Electricity Costs

Saving electricity is good for your purse and good for the environment. We all use lots of electrical appliances but do you know which appliances use the most electricity? The Energy Saving Trust now estimate (in January 2021) that washing appliances use the most electricity particularly if you heat your water by electricity and use a tumble drier; but this obviously depends on your household. When you need to buy a new appliance, be aware that the energy labelling has changed in March 2021 to a simple A to G scale (A is the most efficient).

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13th November 2021

Biodiversity

Why is biodiversity so important and what has it to do with Climate Change? Biodiversity describes the vast range of interacting living things. For millennia the interaction of these systems resulted in a fine balance between the natural emission of carbon into the atmosphere and the absorption of carbon back into the land and oceans. A wide diversity of species meant failure in one system could be compensated in another and the whole eco system rebalanced. Trees and plants absorb large amounts of carbon as well as providing habitats for a wide range of species.

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1st August 2021

Water Saving

Saving water is not just good for the environment - it can save you money! Even though water doesn't appear to be in short supply in the UK, using less water actually means you are saving energy as treating the water that comes out of our taps is a very energy intensive process. A running tap uses between 6 to 9 litres of water a minute; a dripping tap can waste 5,500 litres a year.

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25th May 2021

Watts required for different types of light bulbs to get equivalent brightness - see text for detail

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.

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3rd March 2021

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.

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3rd March 2021

Waste

Something that we can all do something about is about 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.

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13th January 2021

6 ways to get involved in Forest for Cornwall - see text for details

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.

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13th January 2021

Winter Talks 2023

Last year, Cornwall Council added an ecological emergency to the climate emergency and pledged to support nature recovery alongside becoming carbon neutral. LPCAG has added nature recovery to its terms of reference and this year's winter talks reflect this.

Monday 6 February: Nature Recovery in Landulph's Changing Climate

Monday 6 March: Food for Thought

We've also added more time for discussion. Each free talk will be at the Landulph Memorial Hall from 18:30 to 20:30 with wine and hot drinks available for a donation. The sessions will also be streamed live on Google Meet.

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6th February 2023

Winter Talks 2022

Following on from what you told us was important in last year's questionnaire (see below), we have organised two free events to help us understand the practical implications of climate change on our lives in Landulph. Each talk will be at the Landulph Memorial Hall from 18:30 to 20:30 with wine and hot drinks available for a donation (regulations permitting). The sessions will also be streamed live on Zoom. Please register your interest now in both sessions and we will send you more information.

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17th January 2022

Chart showing questionnaire responses

Questionnaire Responses

During the summer, LPCAG asked the parish about climate change (see questionnaire). 37 people responded and thought climate change was concerning but were worried about different issues.

There were some very interesting comments on the questionnaire. Overall opinion was divided between we, in Landulph Parish, can make a difference but we need action not words and this is really a problem for the government and world leaders. The LPCAG aims to encourage individuals to make changes to reduce their impact on the environment.

30th June 2021

Diagram from Cornwall Council's Carbon Neutral Action Plan:

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 above.

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13th January 2021

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