SGC member receive Bellamy Gold.

SGC member Lower Treave Camping and Caravan Park has received the David Bellamy Gold Award For Conservation. Congratulations to Norman and the team down near Lands End for the effort, hard work and years of commitment to ensuring Cornwall remains a green and pleasant place for our visitors both now and in the future.

Blues in the Barn event at Woodland Valley

Woodland Valley Organic Farm

SGC member Woodland Valley Farm are having their (second) Blues in the Barn event at Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock. TR2 4PT – on the 24th July, 6pm till midnight. There will be food, music, (very) local ale and cider. Funds raised will go towards Ladock Playing Field, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Ladock/Grampound Road Transition. Woodland Valley ran this event last year and it was a raging success. Tickets are £10 per adult and £2 per child, and include a free pint/drink and a bbq item (home made sausages a speciality) and you can camp overnight for free if you wish. £600 was raised last year, some of which was spent on establishing the Community Orchard at Grampound Road School.

Please support this.
Arrange tickets either by email or call 01726 884127.

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Skills for the Future – yesterday’s skills for a positive tomorrow.

Fair for the Future - Penwith

Plan-it Earth Environmental Education Project in Sancreed is offering a series of exciting Traditional Skills workshops over the next few months.

Upcoming Courses;
Saturday July 4th: Blacksmithing
Learn traditional blacksmithing skills and hand forge your own
metal work to take home.
With Lisa Harrison £65

Saturday July 18th: Bushcraft for families
Spend time as a family learning wildlife tracking, firecraft, and other wild skills.
With Zoe Bicat and Greg Humphries £40 family of 3 / £50 family of 4

Saturday September 5th: Green Woodworking
Make your own tools from wood using holding tools and draw horses.
With David Hearle £30

Saturday September 19th: Basket Making
Learn the ancient art of basketry. Use willow to make your own willow basket.
With Lin Lovekin £25

Sunday October 4th: Outside singing and voice workshop.
Harmonise with the landscape through voice. With professional singer and teacher Danu. £30

Sunday October 24th: Make your own herbal remedies including ointments, syrups, oils & creams to take home. With Juliet Hemming £30

For more information:
Contact Plan-it Earth Environmental Education Project at Sancreed
tel. 01736 810 660 / 07800 903508

Workshop on setting up farm nature trails.


Thursday, 14th May 2009
10.00am to 3.30pm at South Penquite, Blisland, Bodmin PL30 4LH
by  courtesy of Dominic and Cathy Fairman

10.00am to 3.30pm Lunch included

The day will cover appropriate routes, signs and posters, benefits to a farm tourist diversification and improving
educational access. Benefits to wildlife and how to integrate this management within the farm
business will be covered, as well as how to demonstrate these benefits to visitors.

Guest speakers to include Dominic Fairman, Tom Hills and Mary Combe (FWAG)

For more information or to reserve your place call the FWAG Office on
01326 373823 or 01208 79701.

Fair for the Future, 9 May, Penwith – free, fun family day out.

The Fair for the Future on Saturday 9 May 2009, at Sancreed, is shaping up to be an exciting and fun day out for the whole family. Presented by Transition Penwith and the Plan-it Earth Education Project this free event is a ‘celebration of sustainability’ in Penwith.

To help promote more sustainable transport there is a free bus running to the event throughout the day, starting at 11am from Penzance bus station, stopping at Green Market and St Clare then straight onto Sancreed. There will then be a bus every half hour with the last one leaving the site at 6pm.

The aim of the event is to provide a showcase for many of the positive and sustainable activities, organisations and producers in the area.  There will be loads to see and do including: a farmers market, children’s activities, horse and cart rides, music and dance, blacksmith, gardeners question time, lots of sustainability and environmental information and even a well dressing!

There will be a whole programme of workshops throughout the day from a wild food walk to recycled clothes making workshop at 12-2pm, so bring any old clothes along which you would like to make a new outfit from!

As it aims to be a ‘zero waste’ event – visitors are encouraged to bring their own re-usable cups where possible – there will be some available for those that forget!

For more information visit or

Take your dog to Cornwall.

Dog on holiday in CornwallCornwall is not only one of the most dog friendly places to visit but its also one of the best places in Britain if you like nothing more than roaming free with your canine friend – remote cliff paths, endless beaches, wooded valleys and wild heathland and moors.. Cornwall has it all.

Finding accommodation that is right for both you and your dog is another matter so here’s a couple of Simply Green Cornwall members who go that extra mile for both yours and your dog’s holiday.

Helsbury Park.

Helsbury Park was created as a deer park for the Black Prince, the first Duke of Cornwall in 1337 and offer luxury, dog friendly holiday cottages with access to around 100 acres of unspoilt woodland and open pasture in the heart of north Cornwall. You can view panoramic shots of Helbury Park here.

Boturnell Barns

Boturnell Farm offer Self catering cottages – and this text from their website says it all..
Stained glass windows, fresh eggs from our free range hens & ducks, many animals including pygmy goats, horses and guinea pigs. All cottages have their own small enclosed garden, free view is now available. Free access to all 25 acres of woods and fields, private spring water supply, dogs friendly environment, pets welcome, free of charge, pet creche available…

Boturnell Farm is reputed to have been mentioned in the Doomsday Book. There certainly was a priest called Simon de Boturnell In the thirteenth century. There has been some modernisation since his time! The farm is set in 25 acres, all of which is accessible to both you and your dog.

For those who want to bring their horses on holiday check out Gorgeous Grazing on the North Cornwall coast.

Woodland Valley – team building and surving in the wild courses.

Simply Green Cornwall member Woodland Valley cater for a wide range of activities on their Cornish organic farm.

Woodland Valley’s Countryside Classroom is an excellent centre to pursue goals in education at all levels.

They offer an ideal environment for learning, and enjoyment of the countryside, and have the flexibility to work either as a base for a group to carry out its own programme, or they can deliver their own programme, tailor made to suit the individual client.

The Jones’ family have been farming Woodland Valley for half a century. They have embraced the principles of organic farming and are certified with the Soil Association. Woodland Valley is a 170 acre mixed farm, providing organic beef and pork for direct local sales.

Over 20 acres comprises woodland, streams, ponds and some wetland devoted to wildlife with several rare birds present.

All food provided to guests is either off the organic farm or as much as possible from local sources. They even have their own brewery on site, and make their own sausage Ham and bacon as well as rear outstanding angus beef. Woodland Valley’s own produce is at the heart of all their catering.

Woodland Valley have a simple motto:

‘live as if we’ll die tomorrow,
but farm as if we‘ll live forever.’

Coriander Cottages.

Views from Coriander Cottages overlooking Fowey.

Views from Coriander Cottages over the countryside towards Fowey.

Coriander Cottages are environmental conscience and decided to work with nature when renovating their old cyder barns into holiday cottages near Fowey.

Their new barns are the ultimate in recycling, creating beautiful buildings worked on painstakingly by local skilled craftsmen. Re-used local slate and granite and natural paint finishes and lime were used throughout. They have installed deluxe spa bathrooms, LCD TVs and high-tech kitchens but the electricity is either from ground source or a green energy tariff from 100% renewable sources. Immediate plans include harnessing the springs running through the grounds of Coriander Cottages to generate electricity.

Rainwater from a unique harvesting system is used to flush the toilets and for running the washing machine. Geothermal heating takes heat from the ground and gently warms the luxury limestone floors, the walls have natural lambs wool insulation and the barns have been opened up to face South to use passive solar heat gain.

Simply Green Cornwall accommodation.

Simply Green Cornwall accommodation.

Coriander Cottages use local and organic produce for breakfast wherever they can and their toiletries are either natural or organic and mostly handmade in Cornwall.

Coriander Cottages are set in two acres of wildlife gardens. Plus there is an ancient badger sett within the grounds, wildlife and duck ponds and a small nature trail. They  also purchased an oak tree for every month the barns took to build, which will be planted on completion.