How to be ‘Green’ in Camborne

Chapel, Camborne
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Wesleyan Chuch, Camborne

To be green or sustainable you need to consider what is known as the triple bottom line: “The Environment, The People and The Local Economy.” Camborne has several initiatives underway that help you to put this idea into practice.

Local Produce
In order to support our local economy it is important that we buy and use services and products that are local to the area. The Camborne Regeneration Forum has set up a local produce market in 2011 which is held every Saturday on Commercial Square and at the Wesley Centre on Chapel Street. Market organiser Joanne Schofield said that the market includes both local seasonal food and stalls that offer ‘fix it’ services, flea market stalls, community and charity stalls.

Camborne & Redruth Freecycle
This network is for all who want to find a new home for reusable items. The Freecycle network is a global nonprofit movement with over 8 million members. If you want to view any items being given away or sought in Camborne and Redruth just join the local group. Free membership! Go to www.freecycle.org

Tyacks Hotel in Camborne
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Tyacks Hotel in Camborne supports free trade products

Fair Trade
Fair Trade exists to enable disadvantaged producers from poor countries to receive a better deal by supplying products at a fair price. Camborne has been given the status of a Fair Trade Town as it has a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and public places that promote fair trade products. Look out for Fair trade products around the town.

The Fair Trade Mark guarantees the following:

  • To give farmers a fair and stable price for their produce
  • To give farmers and plantation workers the opportunity to improve their lives
  • Greater respect for the environment and a sustainable future
  • A closer link between consumers and producers
  • Give small farmers a stronger position in world markets
  • Equality of opportunity and basic human rights
  • Workers rights to organise.Here is a list of places that support the FairTrade movement by supplying Fair Trade products
  • Tyacks Hotel and Trevithick Restaurant
  • The Cornish Maid Coffee Shop
  • Choice Cafe
  • All Saints Church Cafe
  • All Saints Church
  • Centenary Methodist Church
  • Crossover Community Project
  • The Parish Church of St Martin and St Meriadoc
  • Wesley Methodist Church
  • Camborne Town Council
  • Camborne Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Energy Plus

Tolvaddon Energy Park
Tolvaddon Energy Park is the most environmentally advanced business park in Cornwall. Development was funded through a £4 million investment from the South West Regional Development agency and the Objective One European Funding Programme. The project is a flagship commercial development heralding the very best environment friendly and sustainable construction techniques for modern buildings.Each of the 19 individual units, ranging from 750sq ft to 5,000sq ft, have been specifically designed to minimise energy use and deliver high quality working environments for tenants and their staff. Kensa supplied the complete geothermal heating system through individual heat pumps, ranging from 4kW to 24kW for each of the 19 units.

Heartlands
This is an inspiring sustainable community development at the heart of the regeneration area in Pool.Based around the Robinsons Shaft mining site, this 17 acre development due to open in April 2012 will incorporate a sensitive amalgamation of commercial, residential, cultural, historic and natural environments to create a place where people can work, rest and play.

Tuckingmill Valley Park is now a haven for nature, photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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Tuckingmill Valley Park is now a haven for nature, photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

Tuckingmill Valley Park
This beautiful park has been created from the regeneration of a derelict mining and landfill site. It is hard to believe how this area has been transformed into a habitat that now attracts a host of wildlife. On the site is a sustainable building with turf roof and is home to BTCV.

From this base, conservation tasks are co-ordinated between the council, the youth offending team and the community.

This partnership between the public, voluntary sector and local residents has secured the long-term maintenance of the valley ensuring that the community can continue to explore the rich local environment in a safe and attractive setting.

You can also become part of Green Camborne by buying local produce, using the car less (take advantage of our  things to do without the car), and  caring for your local environment by recycling whenever possible.

We welcome contributions to this page. Please send your text and / or photographs to Greta Riordan.