After putting on a successful eco-tour, a Helston environment group is hoping to continue to spread the word by growing its group numbers and asking members what they want to see.

The Helston Footprints' Eco Tour, a project of the Helston Climate Action Group, took place between July 12 and 16 and involved small actions that members could undertake being sent to them across each of the days in order to help people understand what they could do on both small and large scales in order to help reduce their carbon footprint.

Organised by Helston Town Councillor Melissa Benyon and founder of Sustainable(ish) Jen Gale, the virtual eco tour used a carbon calculator, GIKI Zero, to help track the carbon footprints of members and participants and show them the difference certain actions would make to their carbon score.

The group are now looking for ideas and opinions from existing members and those who might like to join in on what they would want to do and how they'd like to do it.

Melissa Benyon told The Packet: "I'm really really pleased, because we've achieved over the course of five days is sort of the equivalent of what's been achieved over the past few months.

"It's like a marathon, we've had a slow and steady burn over the first six months of this year, which has taken us so far, then we've had this little sprint burst here which has taken us the same amount again.

"It's brilliant, and it's also given us a new platform so we're asking people that have been involved whether they want to continue to use the group as a space where they can ask questions and talk to each other, and also have little city breaks for a couple of days a month for specific actions people can do.

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"The same sort of stuff we did on the tour but just at a slower pace to keep the dialogue going, so we're waiting to her from people to see what they want, and we've put out a little questionnaire asking that as well.

Melissa is also hopeful that the group can continue to put on tours and events such as the eco-tour in the future as well as spread the word to people that might not necessarily have thought about it yet.

"I think one of the most powerful things we can do is engage with people and try and get some ripples spreading and get people thinking about these things.

"After what's happened this week I'd hate for it to stop, it's been really lovely.

"We've had some lovely feedback from people filling out the survey, and people have found it really positive to know that there are other people out there that are trying, and you feel like your part of a community, part of the solution rather than being part of the problem.

"It's trying to reach people with a big carbon footprint with this kind of project essentially, and actually that hasn't happened, the average carbon footprint in our group is six tonnes, which is way below the national average."

Helston Footprints are currently working on ways to further its reach and enable it to engage with more people around the idea of reducing their individual carbon footprint through small, manageable everyday steps.

If you'd like to get involved with the Helston Footprints or any of their future projects, visit: