Boscastle Week Walking FEST 2010

Boscastle Week Walking FEST 2010

19th – 23rd April 2010
Join any event…
Enjoy a week of walking with local guides Literary, historical, geological, natural history & general interest.
Evening events and meals, Art and poetry,boat trips…
From the very best of Britain’s coastline to wonderful walks amid woods and streams, it’s all on offer during Boscastle’s increasingly popular Walking Week. Our third year sees an extended selection of walks and activities for you to pick and mix from. We aim to have something for all abilities. You could join one of our experienced and knowledgeable local guides on a ramble to waterfalls or steep climbs to Cornwall’s highest coastal cliff top, or meander along the country lanes and pathways that would have been familiar to the writer Thomas Hardy, whose life-changing visit to Boscastle produced poetry regarded by many as amongst the finest in the English language.

St Dennis Incinerator – Latest

From Malcom at Good is Planet Earth…

Save Cornwall Before its to late!

We need your help!

Could you please pass this email on to your friends, if the incinerator at St Dennis gets the go ahead it will contaminate not only the milk but our food land & water with dioxin!

Below are a few of many comments left at www.ecopetitions.org

Concerned farmer and landowner William Corbett from St Mawgan, has kindly donated “£250” to the CSWN incinerator-fighting fund.Mr Corbett made the following comment:

If every milk producer within a 10 mile radius of The proposed incinerator site at St Dennis Cornwall realised that any trace of dioxins in their milk could potentially put them out of business, then maybe they would be as concerned as I am.

Comment from  Doble Quality Foods

Why we are supporting the fight
We have been passionate supporters and promoters of Cornish produce since long before it became fashionable to do so. We believe the isolation of Cornwall with the sea almost all around us gives us a less polluted growing environment than most of the UK and Europe. Add to that our climate and we have ideal growing conditions for early produce and a long, productive season. Our farmers produce excellent quality food and our fishermen catch interesting and sustainable catches from around our shores. Anything that threatens the purity of our agriculture and coastal waters needs very thorough investigation and if found wanting needs to be vigorously opposed. In our opinion we have to take heed of the pollution that has occurred in other areas where very large incinerators have been built (notably the Isle of Man) and not let it happen here in Cornwall.

comment from Isabel, Liskeard

I am worried about dioxin contamination of milk produced around the proposed incinerator. Dioxins have been linked to cancer and I haven’t seen any evidence produced by SITA or Cornwall Council that the incinerator will not produce dioxins or pose other health risks. I believe we should not take the risk of building the incinerator unless it is proven that it will not raise incidence of cancer in Cornwall.

comment from Tony, Cornwall

This is not the right solution. Any equipment that needs an outlet chimney 400ft high to try to keep its poisonous emissions from the surrounding area must be seriously flawed, and there will be no control over where those emissions do land. Dioxins have been known to be carcinogenic for decades. There should be 5 or 6 smaller units of a different design spread evenly throughout Cornwall to cut down the mileage covered by waste collection vehicles, and prevent our visitors and tourists sitting in a queue of dust carts on the A30 or A38.

here is a link to the petition where you will find hundreds of comments about the incinerator, please put your name to this and help save cornwall!

Say no to incineration and yes to Anaerobic digestion.Please sign this petition to the Secretary of State regarding proposed energy from waste incinerator site at St Dennis Cornwall. This maybe our last chance to get to grips with what SITA is trying to do to Cornwall. please follow this link <http://www.ecopetitions.org/index.php>
www.ecopetitions.org

What is Anaerobic Digestion?

Anaerobic digestion is the natural breakdown of organic materials into methane and carbon dioxide gas and fertiliser. This takes place naturally, or in an anaerobic digester. A typical anaerobic digester is a sealed vessel, or series of vessels, in which bacteria act without oxygen. The organic material contents need to be fully mixed and warmed, usually to blood temperature. Biogas is the name given to the mixture of gases formed during the anaerobic digestion of organic wastes.Biogas consists of methane (c70%) and carbon dioxide (c30%)….

It can be used in stationary engines to generate electricity, but it is not suitable as a vehicle fuel. After removing the carbon dioxide (and other trace gases using a variety of methods in a process known as upgrading) the remaining methane is known as Renewable Natural Gas or Biomethane.

Biomethane is virtually identical to natural gas, the main difference being that it is produced in days, rather than taking millions of years, billions of years ago.

The uses for biomethane are therefore as varied as are those for natural gas, for heating, cooling, as a source of chemicals, fertiliser or hydrogen.

When used as a vehicle fuel, biomethane is, without doubt, the world’s cleanest and most environmentally friendly fuel.

Carbon dioxide is valued for its properties as an inert gas, for heat transfer, and as a solvent.
Common uses include:

fire extinguisher systems
carbonation of soft drinks
freezing or chilling of food products
decaffeination of coffee
shield gas in welding
oil extraction; pumped into an oil well it dissolves the oil
respiration stimulant for medical use
propellant in aerosol cans
food production in greenhouses
in its supercritical form, as the most environmentally friendly solvent
Compost produced from a thorough and complete treatment system such as the Maltin® System ensures that all the material is broken down into its most basic chemical components with:

no contaminants
no smell when dry or when wetted
no pathogens
no weed seeds
In a thorough system such as the Maltin® System there is no waste product.
At Organic Power we maintain that WASTE is merely the result of poor or incomplete processing. A properly designed process will not produce any waste

CANCER. Some of the substances emitted from incinerator stacks, including cadmium, PAHs and dioxin (TCDD), have been classified as human carcinogens or likely/possible human carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (McGregor et al. 1998, see Elliot et al. 1996). A number of studies have been undertaken on cancer incidence on populations living near to incinerators or other industrial sites. The majority of these studies have found an association between elevated rates of cancers and living close to incinerators or other industrial sites, including childhood cancer. Most research in this field necessitates consideration of exposure to material released from incinerators over a number of years because the time taken for cancer to develop (the latency period) is long for many cancers. Source of information

www.greenpeace.org.uk

PLEASE sign the petition at www.ecopetitions.org before its to late for cornwall
here is a link as to what is happening eltswhere regarding incinerators

if you would like to make a Donation to the CSWN incinerator fighting fund

we will give your business free advertising at www.ecopetitions.org with every donation made.

many thanks

Malcolm
goodisplanetearth.org

Davidstow wind farm – Turbines will ruin view of Bodmin twin peaks

ARE people in Cornwall fully aware of the impending ruination of the view of Roughtor and Brown Willy, the two highest peaks on Bodmin Moor?

We believe many in the Westcountry are unaware of the impact the proposed Davidstow wind farm will have on the skyline. The blades of the turbines will be almost level with the peak of Roughtor, and they may well be fitted with strobe lights.

If this development, on the boundary of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is allowed to proceed it could be used as a disturbing precedent and no beauty spot in the country will be safe. It is significant that eminent bodies including the National Trust and Natural England objected to the planning application on environmental and visual grounds.

Permission for this wind farm has been granted subject to conditions relating to air traffic control and bird welfare concerns. Meanwhile the Government Office South West has called a temporary halt to the scheme to consider “calling it in”. This would lead to a public inquiry at which the conflict between the need for sustainable energy and protection of major beauty spots can be properly debated.

If you wish to protect Bodmin Moor and the integrity of this special environment, whatever your stance on the viability of wind power, I urge you to write, giving your views, to: Tara Dickenson, Planning No. 2008/ 01432, Planning & Housing Delivery Team, Mast House, Shepherds Wharf, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth PL14 0HJ.

I write, as chairman, on behalf of the committee of the Bodmin Moor and Camel Valley Protection Society, a registered charity working hard to protect Roughtor and the Moor. We have taken advice from counsel and understand that even if the application is not called in there may well be a legal remedy.

We are preparing to pursue this. We owe it to future generations to protect the integrity of this unique area.

William Butchart

Camel Valley and Bodmin Moor Protection Society

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Stop Turbines in North Cornwall


Scarlet hotel launch video

scarletThe Scarlet hotel  just launched a  fabulous  video showcasing the hotel,  a stunning short film, excellent music from local talent Ben Howard.  Video created with Sideways Cornwall, who came to film one beautiful weekend in September and got some  amazing shots of the hotel, surrounding beach and bay. If you would like a sneak preview of the hotel, or if you’ve  already visited, gently be lulled into the sense of calm. peace and tranquility of the Scarlet  Hotel  www.scarlethotel.co.uk

The Cornish diet campaign

cornish-diet

As a part of a ‘Living Communities’ theme, the Cornish Diet campaign calls for 80% of all food served on Cornwall Council owned or run premises to come from Cornwall by 2012. This would include a clear long-term development path so that growers and producers can find and access potential future markets in the public sector.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Joanie Willett, the Mebyon Kernow prospective parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall. She said:

“A lot of emphasis has been placed on getting individuals to buy locally, but it’s time that the public sector got on board too. Cornwall Council is ideally placed to lead the way. All schools and Council offices should source their food from Cornwall. We want a commitment from Cornwall Council that they will do this by 2012.”

There is an online petition available to download here

Boscastle Food & Craft Festival

This year sees the fourth festival of food, arts and crafts to be held in Boscastle. The event, born out of a sense of community regeneration following the disaster of 2004, has now become firmly established on the festival scene and is arguably the biggest and best of its kind to be held in Cornwall.

Photos from the food marquee

Photos from the Art and Crafts marquee