Cornwall VSF member organisation Newquay Orchard has received a £65,000 grant delivered by Cornwall Council, as part of the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Newquay Community Orchard is a seven-acre space where education, training and events take place, and will use the money to improve access routes through the orchard and to carry out landscaping, including the planting of more than 700 new trees by the community. 

Luke Berkley, CEO at Newquay Community Orchard, said: 

“This funding has allowed us to improve access routes throughout Newquay Community Orchard. Now more people can enjoy and explore the urban green space where muddy paths might have once proved difficult for some.  

“We’ve also been able to plant additional trees at the orchard, adding to the native woodland we are creating here. These trees will benefit the area’s biodiversity and local community for years to come.  

“This scheme has been vital to our continued development and ensuring it remains a low-carbon project.” 

Our Only World also awarded funding

Our Only World has been given £67,500 to manufacture and place water bottle refill stations at 15 locations across Cornwall, including at Newquay, St Agnes, Wadebridge, Padstow and Perranporth. 

Tina Robinson from Our Only World said: 

“Firstly, this means we can help to reduce single-use plastic going into our environment, whether it’s in our sea, litter or landfill.   

“Secondly, it gives us 15 opportunities to collaborate with communities and make links with locals and visitors.  

“Thirdly, we have a local supply chain, located from Exeter to Callington, helping us to keep a low carbon footprint. We plan to use recycled plastic, particularly Odyssey Innovation’s recycled fishing nets collected from our Cornish beaches, which demonstrates our circular economy.”  

The not-for-profit charity gives any proceeds from its projects to fund marine conservation.  Anyone who is interested in finding out more can email Tina on ouronlyworld@outlook.com

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?

Since January 2019 the Council has been charging developers the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as a way to reduce any potential adverse cumulative impacts resulting from new housing and other building projects.  

CIL payments are set aside to be spent on infrastructure projects to benefit communities and support development. Between 15 to 25 per cent of the levy goes to the town or parish council where the development has taken place.  

Last summer the Council invited organisations to bid for a slice of £500,000 to pay for infrastructure projects that encourage greener and healthier lifestyles. 

Some other projects that have received the grants have already been featured in our news.