Growing up on this amazing coastline of Cornwall has made my heart shine like a rainbow with the freedom, space, colours and unspoilt beaches.  But over the years I’ve seen change in how people treat the country-side and coast line of our county. Cornwall has become a very busy place, with a thriving tourist industry, which many of us have made a living out of.

With growth comes decay and this is what I have been seeing on my walks from St Austell to St Ewe.  I’ve started to carry a bag and I’m sorry to say from leaving the car park in the main town of St Austell to the roundabout by McDonalds the amount of rubbish, that is straws, cups, cans etc is unbelievable. My walks now take longer as I can’t bear the feeling of guilt if I don’t pick it up.

So if I’m feeling like this, I’m sure so are many of my fellow men.  And at Lower Barns Boutique B&B we have decided to make change and hopefully make our guests aware more about recycling and asking everyone to give up plastic straws.

The more people that are aware of the waste we make and where it goes or in some cases our oceans, the more we can hopefully all come together and wake up to save this beautiful world.

Though I can’t change the planet just yet, I do feel that I can help make visitors to Cornwall more aware of the issues we are facing and asking people to say ‘NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS’ is a small but very useful and effective step.  More and more people are trying to make change and the article on this link gives more details  My great friend Pat Smith from Bosinver Farm Cottages is behind making this a county wide ban, with Cornwall leading the way.

Let us try to recognise the precious nature of each day for our future generations as we know life is fragile, like the dew on the first morning grass it will be carried away on the first morning breeze.

Onwards and up my fellow Cornish men.

Janie x

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