Wednesday, 28 July 2010

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Exciting sustainable development being built in Camborne!

All across the local papers the news is that work on the long-awaited Heartlands project has now begun. The scope of the development is vast; there will be new residential and business areas using sustainable building materials, and the historic mine shaft buildings at the centre will be preserved. At present the area is 7.5km of derelict land, so the transformation when it is complete will be amazing.

The aim according to the website is to "deliver an inspiring, low carbon, sustainable community development which is accessible to all and which celebrates and enriches understanding of the local culture, heritage and natural environment."

This is what Cornwall needs, something truly sensitive to the environment and the community that we can be proud of, not some greedy developer building houses on greenbelt land that no-one can afford anyway. Well done Cornwall Council (and I never thought I'd say that!)

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Children and Nature

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I've just been reading a very thought-provoking article about how less than ten per cent of children today play in natural places, which I find both sad and shocking. The pervading memories of my childhood are of running across green fields, alongside lakes and climbing trees. I fell out of a few too! But that doesn't seem to be the case for a lot of youngsters anymore.

I imagine there are too many parents afraid to let their children out of their sight now for fear of strangers, something which the media has blown out of all proportion just to sell more papers (in my humble, ex journalist opinion).

The wonderful thing about Cornwall is of course that we have fantastic countryside and access to nature that is far removed from what most children grow up with in big cities. Not only is Cornwall one of the most rural counties in the whole of the UK, it also happens to be one of the safest and again I know that from my days as a reporter.
I'm not a parent and I don't know who I would feel if it were my child but from an objective point of view I think one of the best things you can do is allow them to grow up living an active life surrounded by grass, trees and wildlife. You can read the article here.

I also read another one on the BBC website about how gardening makes children really happy, and it's true, it works. I have very fond memories of my next door neighbour's little girl coming out with her little gardening tools and helping me to water sunflowers and pot up herbs, she loved it. I would recommend any child that is having difficulties at school or with their behaviour be taken to an allotment or encouraged to work in the garden a few times a week and see the difference it makes to their physical and mental health. You can read the article here.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Allotment tales

Well my new plot is really starting to take shape I've put in rhubarb and some strawberries, together with my rose bush that really needed to go in the ground, plus my olive tree. I've put up my cold frame and got an outdoor storage box, and some leek plugs that I'm looking forward to planting - it's all goin on! It's a fantastic location for an allotment, although a little wind blown there is water, manure, plenty of space and a great view, and there's even some friendly ponies who like to stick their heads over the gate to see what they're doing. I think the place is fantastic and I look forward to getting loads more in the ground in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I'm back!

Well, after a three month break, I'm back, and so much has happened. Eco Cornwall now has a proper website, which you visit at Admittedly it is looking a bit rough and needs loads of content, but the layout and overall look is set. Watch this space.

I've also managed to find an allotment! I've having to move a long way from Penwith but as I need to anyway for work, this has happened at just the right time. Amazingly the allotments are very close to the flat I'm eyeing up, so fingers crossed. I can't think of any better way to help the environment than grow your own food and herbs, plus I will be cycling there as well so won't be damaging the environment with pollution from a car. Can't wait!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Helston Farmers' Market is back!

This weekend sees the return of the popular Helston Farmers Market, which takes place from 9.30am - 1pm on Saturday, 6 February. It's a really great chance to meet local suppliers of wonderful food made right here in Cornwall, from the most beautiful bread you have ever tasted to fabulous sushi that is very reasonably priced. All the usual favourites are there too, including meat, fruit and vegetables, cakes and so much more that I can't begin to describe it all. It's also an excuse for a really pleasant and fun family day out, a great way to get children interested in where their food comes from. Meet the producers of the food and spend that little bit extra on quality that you just cannot find in the supermarkets.

Visit the South Kerrier Alliance, responsible for the management of Helston Farmers Market here.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

It's the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, an event held by the RNIB nationwide to track what is happening to our garden birds. In Cornwall, you're more likely to see unusual birds that you wouldn't normally see up country, such as the Balearic Shearwater or even the Chough, the national bird of Cornwall. 

Back in our gardens, spending an hour watching for and identifying the birds that come and visit is the way to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, so binoculars at the ready! Put some bird feeders out prior to your hour of observation to attract birds into your garden, and make a note of what you see. You can get a list of what birds to look for from the RSPB website. Out of the top 10 birds spotted in Cornwall in 2009 was the good old house sparrow, which is excellent because these birds are actually in decline. It's important to encourage birds into your garden because they can help it in so many ways - more about this later.