Just over £500 has been awarded for local conservation and education group Earth’s Green Guardians (EGG)
At its most recent Finance & General Purposes Committee, Penzance Councillors unanimously voted to award just over £500 in grant funding to Earth’s Green Guardians (EGG), a local Community Interest Organisation, who run an optimistic youth earth education programme that strives to improve environmental literacy with children and young people in West Penwith.
The funding will be used to purchase outdoor raingear and wellies for students aged 7-12 to enable them to get out and about in nature in all weathers over the upcoming Autumn and Winter months, and keep their school uniforms clean!
Chair of EGG, Rich Stever, said “We are thrilled that Penzance Council has provided this critical funding, especially with all this lovely rain we’ve been getting!
“Now our EGGsplorers can comfortably connect with nature, restore local habit, practise permaculture gardening and protect the planet without getting their school uniforms too muddy. Their parents will be pleased too!
This latest funding follows an earlier £1,500 grant made by Penzance Council to EGG back in 2021 to help them to start the CIO by purchasing curriculum materials, field supplies, building a website and creating promotional materials.
Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Cllr Zach Lawlor, said “we are very pleased to be able to financially support grass roots community projects like EGG which are led by local people on the ground.
“There is a very real climate emergency that affects us all, so it’s vitally important that we invest in our environment and young people to tackle these issues. By working together with local groups, we can help facilitate more projects like this that make a real difference.”
Mayor of Penzance, Cllr Stephen Reynolds, said “We all know what the Cornish weather can throw at us, so it’s great that we can help keep these enterprising young people dry as they get hands on with nature!”
EGG are currently seeking a primary school class that would be interested in piloting EGG lessons in preparation for the Gardeners’ House Sustainability Hub that will be opening in 2024, in Morrab Gardens. Please email [email protected] if you’re interested in getting involved.
Penzance Council provide grants to local community groups and charities who are working to benefit our residents and our Parish environment – find out more about our grants and how to apply.