The Meadow Barns is headquarters for a movement called ‘Climate Hope’, which is

  • underpinned by deep research
  • brought to life by creative people
  • grounded in local community and
  • culminates in events and/or publications of colour, vibrancy and an infectious sense of fun!

Where to find us and the benefits of visiting

Perched high on ‘Penpillick Hill’ a few miles north of its famous big cousin, the Eden Project, the Meadow enjoys ever-changing, beautiful views of St Austell Bay, some of which are shared in the slider above. This in itself is a great way to lift the spirits, at this time of so much anxiety and turbulence in the world.

The buildings were consciously planned and the site landscaped to showcase innovative, often recycled materials and to illustrate a range of sustainable energy systems. Read the story of the construction phase (2017 – 2019) under Climate Hope/Green Build. Arrange a visit, personalised for you and your family, school or organisation, to learn and feel empowered, knowing all the ways you could help yourselves, others and the planet face the challenges of climate change.

Main cottage, before
and after

Never forget what history can teach us – learn from the past to create a better future

Pre-pandemic the intention was for Meadow Barns to focus on water energy (hydro) and tell the stories of a previous Green Hero, Joseph Treffry, who lived 200 years ago. These Tales we continue to share at every opportunity on ‘Story Walks’ and events through the summer, which our guests greatly enjoy. As a team of 3 (see About Us) we will never cease our attempts to get the Luxulyan Valley hydro restored to working operation. We also are engaged in the early stages of opening up a historic granite quarry, to provide learning in an outdoor setting of a Temperate Rainforest and a woodland classroom.

You will find pictures and more information about the local history, by selecting OUTDOORS or find 2 lovely films on YouTube that can explain better than any words: –

WORDS from a past visitor, on their family water wheels STORY WALK ADVENTURE, 2021:-

A totally unique experience. Caroline’s attention to detail and passion make this a truly lovely adventure. Hot pasties and hot chocolate were waiting for us on our return, accompanied by a glimpse into history with Caroline’s amazing storytelling skills. The walk itself – even being lost for a little time – was totally awe inspiring. We both loved every minute and if there was an annual Pass to Meadow Barns we’d definitely get one. One day was definitely not enough and we will return!


This is our new concept, developed and tested during 2023. Although the very first Ceremony 4 Climate Hope was planned and delivered for a local school, it soon became clear that it was a one-off absolutely unique achievement. Thank you Red Moor school.

As we attempted to develop the model with other schools, they kept dropping by the way-side and always with the same reason – ‘we simply cannot squeeze in Climate Education and Creativity to an already over-filled curriculum … not to mention the numerous other demands raised by the cost-of-living crisis’.

Our answer to this was planning and delivering a whole week of holiday activities in a local town, Lostwithiel, during the October half term. Please understand it will take us time to review, edit film and photos and post them here. Come back in a week or so, and/or sign up now as blog reader (another topic you will find under Climate Hope) to keep abreast of what is developing

It felt more creative, and like I could do what I wanted to do. It wasn’t ever boring”

“It felt more special than school because I had my family learning with me”

To deliver a similar but expanded project over the next Half Term break, in February 2024, it is absolutely vital that we get more people involved, ideally signed up as Members. We want to see the concept being developed in this area and for more communities in Cornwall and/or beyond in the UK or internationally.

Please send a quick email to our director, Caroline Stephenson, if you think you could come on board, in any capacity:- or call for a chat, 07967 653346.

For a bit more of the background

Films about the first Ceremony and its development may be found on the YouTube channel:

Finally, those practical things that real matter e.g. 1) HEALTH and SAFETY

The site is fully insured, with additional cover for Caroline as an approved official valley guide. Please select the topics, plus any food choices and length of walk in advance, so the team can plan what is best to match your interests, your fitness & your budget. Describe your group & your needs using the ‘What we Offer’ Enquiry Form at the top of this home page.

River-side route in the valley
Our largest ever audience – 37 people for a story!


For a snack break (in Cornwall we call it ‘Crib Time’) we are happy that you bring your own food and tea or coffee bags and use our tea urn & milk. Or you can pre-order and pay for Miner’s ‘Sweet Mossels’ (morsels of saffron & yeast buns and hevva cake) or Pasties (pork and apple, steak, vegetable, or vegan bean and vegs). Please email your request in advance.

Sweet ‘Mossels’
Miner’s pasty


A magical day out with a wonderful guide and host. Our 4 year old had a brilliant time! David Morgan

Fascinating to gain this understanding of
renewable energy and see such positive steps towards a sustainable future.
Amanda Penk

This is our 3rd visit! The centre is a favourite place for us, where we can help our grand children learn so much – history, fitness & how to be responsible green citizens. Roger Larham

The ‘Old Days’ – Meadow Barns Centre with Larham grand children, in 2018!