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The Diocese of Truro is committed to a Green Agenda.

Diocesan Environment Strategy 2017-2018

To see what individual churches are doing to help work towards the Green agenda visit Eco Church South West’s website.

For information on our environmental policy and Green Church Kernow Awards please click here


Changing Supplier – Pledge 1

Eat to Care for Creation – Pledge 2

Education – Pledge 3

Contact my MP – Pledge 4

Travelling Lightly – Pledge 5 

Time for the easiest pledge – Number 6

Home Energy Check Time – Number 7

The atmosphere – Pledge 8

Time to plan that holiday – Pledge 9

More information

Luci Isaacson, Diocesan Environment Officer
T 01872 241239

Log your pledges here

Environment Case Studies

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St Wenn Biomass Boiler & Underfloor heating

  • Joint project between School & Church
  • Pellet costs covered by government renewable energy payments
  • Reduced energy costs to virtually zero
  • 60KW biomass boiler
  • Installed in one weekend
  • Provides heating and hot water
  • Underfloor heating also installed bringing warmth to congregation & helping to preserve the fabric of the building
  • Paid for by eco award grant to school and church fundraising

“We will now be able to give everyone a warm welcome. We are really excited to be able to offer the space to the school and community because we feel that’s what it’s all about. Being able to offer a useful amenity.”

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North Petherwin Wind Turbine

  • Installed in January 2011
  • Reduced energy bills by 40%
  • Produced 2,090KWH of energy
  • Generated £778 of income since installation
  • Can be turned off via phone app if conditions are too windy
  • Installation fully funded through grants
  • Minimal upkeep costs
  • Contributed to ‘Zero Emissions Church’ target


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St Agnes Methodist Church

  • 30% reduction on electricity bills
  • Free electricity consumption during daylight hours
  • Benefit of considerable income from the Feed-in tariff, paid directly from the electricity company
  • 40 10KW output array panels
  • Funding from chapel funds and loan

“This is very much a win-win situation utilising a God given resource which is completely free.”


Gwinear Living Churchyards & Lichens study

Beth Saundry from Gwinear Church talks about their Living Churchyards

Lichens Study

Cornwall Living Churchyards

The Cornwall Living Churchyards Project is a joint initiative between the Diocese of Truro and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Its aim is to work with the local community (not just the church congregation) to promote the sympathetic management of Cornwall’s churchyards which can provide an important refuge for a diversity of wildlife as well as a pleasant, reflective sanctuary for the local community.

Robert Moor, Cornwall Living Churchyards Project Coordinator says: “The project aims to strike a balance. A churchyard managed with sympathy and understanding for wildlife can look well cared for and be attractive to people as well as plants and animals; conservation is not about letting things grow unchecked, but about positive management.”

He added: “It is vital that the wider community takes an interest in the living churchyards. They are an important community resource for us as well as the wildlife.”

To find out more about Cornwall Living Churchyards, contact Robert Moor on 01872 272929/ 07813 533995 or email

Robert’s blog

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January 2017

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