Cornish 'craftivists' are to design messages of climate concern when they gather to share their views with politicians ahead of the General Election.

Constituents will knit, weave and embroider gifts with environmental slogans at The Great Big Green Craftivism Workshop on Wednesday, June 12 at The Elms in Redruth.

The workshop aims to remind politicians about the urgency of climate issues in Cornwall, like flooding, coastal erosion and clean energy.

Climate ambassador at the Women’s Institute, Pippa Stillwell said: "Craftivism is a great way to engage politicians, as receiving gifts can be better than an angry letter or a petition sign.

"We’re saying this is not just my problem, this is everybody's problem.

"The action of making something is so therapeutic, we see a lot more people taking up crafting to manage eco-anxiety,"

Crafted items to reflect this can range from paintings and handkerchiefs, to mug mats, ties, green heart badges and hangings.

Falmouth Packet:

It will be opened by Cheryl Marriot, director of nature and people at Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

She will provide insights from the Climate and Nature hustings she's chaired across the county.

Sarah Perry and Sarah Clasper, from Redruth upcycling shop Make a Mends, will discuss the history of craftivism and demonstrate what gifts can be created with various materials.

The event, organised by The WI Climate Ambassadors, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Climate Action Network, The United Downs Environment Group and Make A Mends, aims to raise awareness of the Climate and Nature Bill.

To buy a ticket, which is priced at £3, visit