Cornwall’s natural environment to be interpreted in Cornish
Natural England and MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership, have signed a Statement of Intent which will see Natural England incorporating more of the Cornish language into its nature conservation interpretation materials within Cornwall.
This agreement sets out the intention to use Kernewek (Cornish) in new and different ways to enhance nature conservation work in Cornwall for the future.
At the signing which took place in the County Hall in Truro on 21 November 2013, Paul Lambert, Executive Director for Natural England, said: “I’m delighted to sign this Statement of Intent on behalf of Natural England to celebrate the link between the Cornish language and how we can use it to increase people’s understanding of Cornwall’s beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife.”
He continued: “This new commitment of working together will first manifest itself in bilingual interpretation signs on The Lizard National Nature Reserve – home to that emblematic symbol of Cornwall, the chough. The Cornish language is a cultural asset which Natural England is proud to support to further raise awareness of Cornwall’s wonderful natural heritage.”
The agreement was signed for MAGA by Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for the Environment Cllr Edwina Hannaford, who said: “The Cornish language is an important part of Cornwall’s unique culture and heritage. I am pleased that more and more organisations and businesses are embracing the use of Cornish as a mark of local origin and distinctiveness.”
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