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Much of Cornwood Parish is beautiful open moorland which promotes a special connection to the wild flora and fauna of Dartmoor as well as an appreciation of our whole natural world.  Cornwood Parish Council has declared a Climate Emergency supporting Devon County Council’s commitment to reduce their carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. 

You can read more about Devon's Climate Emergency here.

We will work with DALC (Devon Association of Local Councils) and appropriate government departments to assess the Parish’s carbon footprint and identify and incentivise a programme to improve sustainability across the community.  We haven’t yet defined the details but the programme will probably include:

Carbon Emissions and Reductions

  • Encourage cycling and walking as the natural choice for shorter journeys. 

  • Support electric bike and car technology. 

  • Maintain (and where possible improve) public transport and local ring-and-ride services.

Mental Health

  • Encourage community involvement in village activities, groups and clubs. 

  • Support the FareShare food scheme. 

  • Establish a support network to help with all links to mental health and other public services.

Environment & Renewable Energy

  • Reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency. 

  • Provide help in reducing fuel poverty and the carbon footprint of the community. 

  • Reduce domestic and commercial water consumption.  

  • Support of the Lee Moor Wind Turbine Farm and Sustainable Southhams. 

  • Involvement as citizen scientists for water quality testing of the River Yealm. 

  • Support Moor Meadows and wild flower verges.   

Education

  • Join organisations that support, record and monitor wildlife including Woodland Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust and Dartmoor National Park. 

  • Work with the local primary school. 

  • Promote carbon reduction initiatives through Social Media and the village website.

Housing

  • When making planning decisions, take into account the carbon neutral target and the Government’s target f reducing fossil fuels for heating.

  • Member of the River Yealm Water Quality Group for reduction of surface water drainage and run-off.

Agricultural Best Practice

  • Support where possible Devon County Council’s agroecology initiative (the science of managing farms as eco systems).  This includes building and maintaining healthy soil, managing water wisely, minimising air, water and climate pollution and creating biodiversity. 

Recycling

  • Develop options to reduce landfill waste. 

  • Improve awareness of compostable materials. 

  • Support the school textile drive.  .