Menheniot Green

Review of grasscutting & weed spraying  – draft contract specification published

Councillors received the results of the September Ground Maintenance 2021 survey at their October public meeting and have taken on board the comments and opinions of their residents. This has now been used to draw up a final specification for the new Ground Maintenance contract that will be offered for tender on 1 January 2022.

Residents and stakeholders are invited to comment on the new specification ahead of the next council meeting scheduled for 18 November 2021, when councillors will sign off the final version. Contact the Clerk’s Office by emailing him using the link in the top right hand corner of this screen. [2/11/21]

Contract 1 Grass draft Nov 2021

Contract 2 Weeds draft Nov 2021

Residents’ survey September 2021  

The survey we conducted during September to get your views on the council’s ground maintenance has now closed and the report is available to view and download here. The key points coming out of the survey are that:

  • Over three-quarters (77%) of people think that the playing fields should be maintained throughout the year.
  • Over half (57%) of people would like to see a border around the playing field that is left uncut all the time.
  • Over three-quarters (79%) of people would like some areas set aside for wilding on Mine Hill.
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of people want to see weeds controlled in public spaces.
  • Two-thirds (63%) of people would like some areas at Fourgates set aside for wilding.
  • Just over half (53%) of people would support whatever method works best to remove weeds.
  • Just over three-quarters (76%) of people think the council should use alternative methods of controlling weeds (that is, should not be using glyphosate).

If you made a comment or asked a question in the survey, you can read the council’s reply to every one of them. Councillors will be using the survey to shape the specification for the new ground maintenance contract that starts in April 2022.  [8/10/21]

Our first newsletter from Menheniot Green

Volunteers at Menheniot Green have produced this first newsletter full of good ideas ranging from poo-posters to farmers markets. Copies will be delivered to every household in the parish in the coming week. If you haven’t received yours, download a copy here  or contact the Clerk’s Office on 01579 342437. [4/8/21]

Tackling climate change in Menheniot

At its public meeting held on 15 July 2021, councillors agreed to adopt four policy commitments to tackle the impact of climate change.  You can view and download the policies (with examples) here.  It also agreed to set up a new climate change working group that will be known as Menheniot Green to carry out project work in the parish. If you’d like to know more about the group, search online for its Facebook page or email menheniotgreen@aol.com.

You can also see what progress the council has already made and what it is planning to do in the future

Like to know more?

If you’re interested in knowing more about the council’s work on climate change or would like to work with Menheniot Green (the council’s new environmental action group), leave your contact details with us and we’ll keep you in the loop. [16/7/21]

What is Menheniot Green?

MG is a  working group that is set up and supported by the parish council. A working group is a semi-independent group that includes both councillors and residents. It works informally outside of the council structures, but has a direct reporting line at every public meeting.

Aims

The group is set up to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the environment in the parish. It will do this by carrying out tasks and other project work. It will achieve this by working with its diverse communities, stakeholders and other supportive people.

Membership

Menheniot Green has no general membership scheme. Residents do not ‘join’ but are encouraged to ‘join-in’ with practical help and support

Management

Management of the group will be the responsibility of the Chair, whose function will be served by two people – one parish councillor and one resident. The parish councillor will deliver progress reports to the parish council at their public meeting. Meetings of the group and its volunteers will take place on an ‘as required’ basis without formal notice.

Administration

The group will be administered by the parish clerk with a limit of 30 minutes per week (2 hours per month)

 


Landmark tree for Menheniot. It’s a Cornish Oak!

The winning tree is . . .the Cornish Oak (sometimes know as the Sessile Oak)

Thanks to everyone who helped choose it and we’ll keep you posted when it’s being planted out later in the autumn. [29/7/21]

You can view pictures of the winning  tree on our website. Read more about the Forest for Cornwall on their website. [29/7/21]

Trees at risk?

Cornwall Council have published a short note explaining how they are managing their response to ash dieback disease.  View and download a copy here [12/7/21]

Landmark Tree Factsheet


PLANS PUBLISHED BY OTHER COUNCILS

Cornwall Council Climate Change Plan July 2019

CC climate-change-action-plan [large document]

 

Cornwall Council Climate Change Development Plan Document May 2020  [large document]

CC climate-change-dpd-reg-18-new

 

Cornwall Council Climate Emergency website [recomennded]

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/climate-emergency/

 

Cornwall Council Grow Nature website

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/grow-nature/about/forest-for-cornwall-programme/whats-happening/

Cornwall Council Grown Nature Crowdfunder website

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/cornwall-grow-nature-seed

 

Helston Climate Action Plan September 2019

Helston Climate Action Plan – September 2019 [large document]

 


 

ADVICE FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS

Climate Change: what can your council do? (recommended)

climate-change-a5-4pp-003

 

Friends of the Earth (recommended)

Friends of the Earth 20 Actions

 

Devon towns & parishes for Climate Action

Devon Parishes for Climate Action

 


 

ADVICE FOR RESIDENTS

Friends of the Earth

8 lazy ways to be environmentally friendly