Our planet’s climate is changing and warming at an accelerating rate.  As a public body, we have a statutory duty to conserving biodiversity and protecting the environment.   To comply with the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act of 2006, Cornwood Parish Council has signed up to Devon County Council’s Climate Emergency Declaration https://www.devonclimateemergency.org.uk/devon-climate-declaration

Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth. It includes all species of animals and plants – everything that is alive on our planet.  Biodiversity is important for its own sake, and human survival depends upon it.

There is much that as individuals we can do by helping nature recover.


If you have a garden.

  • Think about creating a wildlife friendly habitat.

  • Buy peat free compost.

  • Plant pollinator friendly species.

  • Reduce or better still avoid the use of pesticides.


Volunteer for nature.

  • Join or support a locally active nature conservation group or

  • Join a community nature group or set one up.

  • Check out the Devon Nature Local Partnership website https://www.devonlnp.org.uk/ for ideas and inspiration.

  • Or keep looking at the tabs on this website for new information about different environmental projects.


More thought.

  • Think about what you buy and where it comes from, sourcing locally whenever possible in support of local farmers/producers who are helping nature’s recovery.  Cornwood has an excellent village shop.

  • Eat seasonal.  Think of those first summer fruits only available in the summer or winter vegetables only available in the winter.  (If you are buying strawberries in December they probably needed lots of energy to make them grow or travelled mega food miles)

  • Follow the Countryside Code – Leave no trace.  

The Devon Climate Emergency website has more top tips for individuals who would like to take personal action to reduce their carbon footprint https://www.devonclimateemergency.org.uk/individual-top-tips/