Environment and Climate Emergency

Calstock Parish Council recognises the severe threats posed to our environment and climate and in July 2020 declared a climate emergency.

The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Climate Change, states that we have already caused a 1°C rise in global temperature. The difference between the impacts of global warming of 2°C and 1.5°C is much greater than previously thought and we are currently heading for a catastrophic 3°C rise. We are running out of time, and need to get to Zero Carbon emissions by 2030.

The Environment and Climate Emergency Committee is working toward protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all who live in this area with respect to the threats posed by the Climate Emergency. Much has already been achieved since making this a priority, in particular the Forest For Calstock, the elimination of plastic from parish cemeteries and the application for Bathing Water Status for the Tamar at Calstock, but much remains to be done. In order to take this work further, we have put together a Strategic Plan to address areas of concern which align with the Cornwall Climate Emergency Development Plan whilst focusing on local issues such as the River Tamar and pollution along the A390.

The plan focuses on:

  • Recovering nature
  • Reducing impact
  • Improving health
Andrew's Field Harrowbarrow - Flower meadow and tree hedges


Given that this affects everyone, we would invite any local resident, whatever their age or ability, to join us in attempting to tackle the issues highlighted in the plan.

If you have an interest in one or more of the issues and would like to help make a difference in our community and join a likeminded team please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council on clerk@calstockparishcouncil.gov.uk or 01822748847 and we will get back to you.




DEFRA Hedgerow Consultation

DEFRA are running a consultation on hedgerows. Hedgerows are important ecological building blocks across our landscapes. They provide habitat, act as wildlife corridors, slow soil erosion and water run-off, support crop pollinators and sequester carbon. DEFRA "would...

Tamar Valley AONB Annual Forum – 21 September

“Nature is recovering and thriving across the Tamar Valley.” That’s the vision the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team is aspiring to achieve over the next seven years and beyond, as they officially launch their Nature Recovery Plan...

Harewood Farm Community Open Day – Meadows

Harewood Farm are holding an open day in partnership with the AONB. Do join them to learn about how to care for meadows, meadow species, implementation of conservation grazing. To find out more click the link below:...

Environment and Climate Change Working Groups

          On Tuesday 01 August 2023, we will gather our working groups together to continue to work on our action list. Our three target groups are: Recovering Nature Reducing Impact and Health and Wellbeing You are welcome to join a group if...

Traditional Land Management Course: Scything,

In the UK there is a ‘scything renaissance’ taking place. People are rediscovering the many benefits of managing the land with this traditional tool. No more droning of strimmers and fume-filled air. You will tune into the silence, the sound of the birds and the calm...

Report from the Ecology Emergency Summit held on 19-05-2023

The Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee attended a summit last week. He was gladdened that there seemed a real commitment from the Local Authority to make this work and that Local Nature Recovery Strategies will be critical. You can read Richard's...

Helping wildlife

In a small corner of Millennium Green (Albaston) the brambles were strimmed back and a dead hedge created from old vegetation. Since the brambles have been cleared light has now enabled Campion and Foxgloves to thrive. The dead hedge is a great habitat for insects and...