Cornwall’s first eco hub set to open

L-R: Holly Astle, Jackie Walkden, Marcelle Coburn, Sarah Pethybridge, Jackie Dash

Cornwall’s first ‘eco hub’ is set to open its doors in Truro at the end of the month.

The Mid-Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub will be officially opened on Saturday, September 30 by the Mayor of Truro.

Based at 36a St Austell Street, the new facility is one of a growing number of climate emergency centres (CECs) being established across the country to help local people to make changes in their lives so they can reduce their carbon impact, find ways to ease their financial hardship and get involved in restoring and protecting the natural environment.

Set up by friends Marcelle Coburn, Jackie Dash, Alex Glynne, Sarah Pethybridge and Jackie Walkden, the eco hub will provide a physical space that will link the community of mid-Cornwall with environmental, sustainability and climate change-related groups, as well as the county, town and parish councils and green businesses from across Cornwall.

“We know that we all need to act together to tackle the impacts of runaway climate change,” said Dash.

“Many towns and parishes across Cornwall have declared climate emergencies, with Cornwall Council setting a target of net zero carbon by 2030. We are also witnessing a huge loss of biodiversity and our cherished natural environment is threatened at every turn.

“The aim of the hub is to inform people about the climate and nature emergencies, and what they can do themselves. It will also provide a place where individuals and groups can meet, make plans, exchange ideas and hold events.

“Meeting our goals on carbon reduction and biodiversity can only be achieved if everyone, including individuals and small businesses, play their part. The Climate and Eco Hub will help us all to achieve this.”