Although it’s great to become more Green Aware when you spend a day or two here, the hope is that visitors will want to commit to some action over future weeks and months as well.
There are lots of ways to do this, of which the simplest is when you sign up to receive the weekly Green Fridays Blog. And if you feel passionate, then write something yourself. http://www.betterways2learn.co.uk/green-campaigns-blog/
Another great option for young people is to use the Meadow Barns certificate/badge system and worksheets as the basis of your application to receive a Blue Peter green badge. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/blue-peter-apply-for-a-green-badge You will find most of the materials and guidance you need on the betterways2learn site.
A 3rd way to make a difference would be studying the Green Future Campaign booklet and deciding to become a pest about one of the ideas! By that we mean, lobbying the relevant big business leaders, such as at SW Water, Imerys, the Environment Agency and Minister for the Environment.
The sections of the Green Campaigns booklet tie in with Episodes of the Treffry Tales. No. 1 is about the Fowey area, looking at farming practices, including seaweed, and use of redundant reservoirs for hydro.
Episode 2 concentrates on Luxulyan Valley leat system, where between 2006 – 2016, though not many people are aware of it, a modern turbine system generated approaching £150,000 worth of electric that was sold to the grid. Hydro is the most obvious of Treffry’s legacies to explore.
Episode 3 is about Par Harbour and the wider clay industry, with main attention to converting waste into innovative building materials.
Episode 4 looks at our redundant mine shafts and explores their possible role in energy storage.
Episode 5 looks at granite and other kinds of rocks, including lithium for batteries and geothermal hot rocks at Eden. The Meadow Barns is a location for monitoring the seismic activity of the hot rocks project.
Episode 6 sums up what has gone before and considers the really exciting possibilities for hydrogen trains, the parallels between Cornwall and the Orkneys, where green energy is forging ahead, and ends by flying a kite!
The longer term aim is to set up a CIC and commence fundraising. In the mean time, there are donation boxes at the centre. Please bring some notes, if you would like to contribute.
Further information and sign up as a supporter http://www.betterways2learn.co.uk/green-campaigns/
One final point In Luxulyan Valley an important issue to tackle is the vehicle journeys down to Black Hill car park. Sat Nav systems are creating havoc, directing tourists to use these lanes as best route East to West in this part of the county. Many strategies are under consideration, with alternative car park provisions being offered. The concept of ‘Green Corridors’ is being explored, leaving cars near to main roads and taking to electric bikes or scooters. As the new post Brexit DEFRA regulations come into force (Environmental Land Management Scheme), there is a glimmer of hope that funding could support such an innovative scheme.
To get involved
Book your visit to the Centre and talk to Caroline in person. Or call her on 07967 653346.