Environment

Below, you will find information on what we are doing to put the environment at the heart of our work. From grand ideas to small tips on how to save power or harness renewable energy, the first thing to do is to start thinking differently!

The Fair Shores Project

In 2019 the team started collecting litter with local families aboard Lynher when exploring the river shores. We mapped areas of the waterways where litter collects or is actually flytipped.

The Fair Shores project was created to clean the river shores often forgotten by beach cleaning groups or particular areas of the waterways that are unaccessible from the shore. In order to use the barge to bring community groups out and clean the river shores a better safety boat was needed. Lynher CIC applied to Tevi for some funding to contribute towards a new landing boat made out of recyclable plastic which could access any type of shore. Rame Peninsula Beach Care contributed with a kayak made out of recycled fishing nets. The findings are to be recorded and passed on to Exeter Uni for their research into pollution among the waterways.

Reasons why this Project is so valuable:

 

  • Lynher is used as a vehicle to protect the environment and reach the areas where the litter is dumped and hidden
  • Community groups can contribute to keep their locality clean
  • Findings are recorded for research
  • The project highlights the plague of litter being dumped irresponsibly or inconsiderably.

Small steps are starting to make a big difference

Lynher CIC has taken a number of steps to direct our work towards protecting the environment. We started using Bulb as our provider for the Gymnasium. Bulb uses only renewable energy from a number of small and micro providers.

 
In the Gym we also intend to have hot water by using a simple system of hose pipes snaked on our big tin roof which heats up quickly when the sun is shining.
 
We are also great supporters of rewilding and keep the nature around the workshop thriving. On the opposite side of the road, in Mt.Edgcumbe Park, is a protected colony of Cornish black bees whose importance cannot be understated as the British native honey bee, now an endangered species.
 

 

Lynher’s Mosaic

This project started during the lockdown, it was our priority to continue to engage our amazing community and keep thinking positive. We invited everyone to go mudlarking on the Tamar shores and donate their “dock dung” findings to the talented community artist Sally Turner. It has taken months for Sally to process the pieces and put together the mosaic. The process of mosaic making inspires meditation and this particular project outreached to many members of the community who felt remote and isolated. The end product is a giant mosaic of Lynher which is displayed at the Gymnasium.

Find out more here https://www.facebook.com/lynhermosaic

Digital Heritage

Digital heritage is dedicated to everyone who wishes to learn more about the history of Tamar barges during the period 1840 – 1920. The presentation by Barbara Bridgman interprets the history of the River Tamar in the post industrial, exploring the role of the Tamar barges and the working people of the Tamar Valley.

You can watch the presentation here.

Fireflys

The Firefly was designed by Uffa Fox and became the 1948 dinghy Olympic class. It is the first one design class to be rated by the RYA therefore its starting number is 1000. With this design we enjoy one of Uffa’s genius moment, embracing the new cold moulded laminated techniques learned whilst working for Fairey Marine of Hamble during WWII and its unique talent for designing planing dinghy with a V shaped bow. At Cremyll we are restoring some old wooden Fireflies to enable young people and adults to enjoy this timeless dinghy.