ST AUSTELL BAY ECONOMIC FORUM
Welcome to the St Austell Bay Economic Forum (SABEF), we are a group of local business, public bodies and community organisations working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth by attracting new visitors, new residents, new investment and promoting pride in our local community. With the vision to make St Austell and its hinterland a great place to live, work and play, we believe that by coming together as a shared community we can bring more prosperity to the area.
The St Austell Bay Economic Forum was incorporated as a Community Interest Company in 2015. Details can be found through Companies House, under St Austell Bay CIC. We have a board of Directors, who all give their time on a voluntary basis. We are proud to act as the Coastal Community Team for the St Austell Bay area which has resulted in funding for our Green and Whitegold Project as well as the St Austell Market House amongst others.
I am delighted to share with you our aspirations for the St Austell Bay and Clay areas where you can learn about our current projects and the other initiatives that we actively support. If you would like to get involved please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on social media at @austellproject
Thank you for your support.
The geographic area that we actively support extends from Lostwithiel and Fowey in the East, to Lanhydrock and Indian Queens in the North, to Probus and Caerhays in the West.
THE AUSTELL PROJECT
SABEF have been instrumental in developing the Austell Project – a cultural programme created to bring to life our vision for improving the area and change the way St Austell is perceived locally, nationally and internationally. The Austell Project is an invitation to discover St Austell and its hinterland afresh – to open your eyes to our history, to what shaped our landscape, economy and communities and what makes us so special today.
China clay – the material that transformed St Austell’s fortunes is being used to create public art installations by world class ceramicists, to drive local community initiatives, has initiated the world’s first International Ceramic Prize and has inspired an annual festival with an international reach.
The Great Gardens of the area – The Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Caerhays, Trewithen inspired the horticulture programme which sets out to raise the quality of the built environment, public spaces across the area and provide an improved sense of place, and community pride through planting schemes and installations curated by the UK’s top garden designers. There are 4 key pillars of activity that have been created as drivers for delivering our future plans – Green, Ceramic, Active and Innovate.
The Green vision is to make St Austell a horticultural destination. Our first steps have been to create entrance gateways to the town with wildflower corridors, planting schemes and landscaped roundabouts curated by Darren Hawkes – a RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner.
Austell Active is in its infancy, but we are collating activities from local community walking groups, wild swimming, paddle boarding and cycling through the clay trails to encourage locals and visitors to enjoy our rich landscape, to keep fit, be healthy and have fun.
FUNDING AND SUPPORT
We continue to enjoy support from a large number of bodies, be it time or funding, or both. While not a complete list, we are especially grateful to the above supporters.