Cornwall Geoconservation Group

The Cornwall Geoconservation Group (formerly the Cornwall RIGS Group) was founded at a public meeting in 1991. The Group is the geological arm of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and is concerned with the county's geology and geomorphology.

The Cornwall Geoconservation Group is a voluntary body which aims to do three things:

•raise awareness

of the rich and diverse geological and geomorphological heritage of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Group acts to inform and advise the Cornwall Wildlife Trust on geological and geomorphological matters and to ensure that geoconservation is fully integrated into the work of the Wildlife Trust.The Group is a member of GeoConservationUKthe national umbrella organisation for geological and geomorphological conservation. The Group is open to all and welcomes information and comments on any aspect relevant to the conservation of geology and geomorphology in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Who are we?

Within the Group there is an Advisory Panel with around 20 members drawn from Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff, statutory agency partners (Nautral England and Cornwall Council) and those representing all aspects of the professional and amateur geological community. These include education, consultants, representatives from geological societies e.g. The Geological Society South-west Group, The Ussher Society, The Russell Society, The Open University Geological Society.Others are co-opted as required. The Advisory Panel elects its own Chair and Cornwall Wildlife Trust currently provides the secretariat for the Group. A representative sits on the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Conservation Strategy Committee. Finances are managed through the Trust.

The Group raises awareness of geological site conservation issues through countywide links with Natural England, the National Trust and Cornwall Council. The Group is also a member of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Consultative Forum and a consultee on the emerging Cornwall Core Strategy and associated development plan documents including waste and minerals strategies.


Fleur-de-lis near The Cheesewring, John Macadam


Written in stone

The Group’s logo, the Cheesewring granite tor, symbolises the unique geology of Cornwall. It also highlights a long history of geoconservation in the county. In the 19th century there was an outcry when the adjacent quarry threatened to engulf the Cheesewring. As a result the landowners, the Duchy of Cornwall, restricted quarrying by means of the lease for the area. The boundaries of the restricted area were marked on the ground by fleur-de-lis cut into the granite and painted white. The tor and conservation symbol remain for all to see today.