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ST TUDY CHURCH SEEKS GREEN CHURCH KERNOW STATUS
This means carrying out a few simple changes in the way we use and care for our environment. Watch this space to learn about some of these changes taking place over the next few months.
The scheme encourages churches to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. To gain Bronze we have to achieve at least three categories from three areas concerned with Christian Living, Community and Resources. In return we will be eligible for additional support in the form of water butts, compost bins, insect boxes, trees or seeds.
We thought this would be a challenging task when first approached and were really surprised when we found we could already tick off quite a few categories. For example flood lighting of the Tower was reduced last winter to cut light pollution, save energy use and help protect bats; some new bird boxes have been installed; we supported the reuse and recycling of clothing through local charity while Church administration uses draft printing on recycled paper and emails instead of post wherever possible.
Other recommendations are in the pipeline. Some church members already carry out regular litter picking around the village and we hope to encourage more people to take part. A car sharing scheme has been requested for parishioners attending services elsewhere in the cluster, an Environmental Policy will be developed by the PCC and we urgently need to appoint an Environmental Champion.
Our progress is being watched by Truro Diocesan Environment Officer, Luci Isaacson, who will help us celebrate our success at a special service at 11:05 on Sunday 4th November when she hopes to present our Green Church Kernow Bronze Award.
You don’t have to be a church-goer to be involved in cherishing our precious churchyard and parish environment. If you’d like to know more or would like to be involved please let me know.
(This, and much more news, is in the current magazine)