Planet PK

Wildlife / Natural Heritage / Sustainability / Wellbeing

Planet PK is our ongoing environmental programme at PK Porthcurno, formally recognising our duty of care as residents and landowners within the Valley, which is within an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Planet PK embeds green values within the charity’s future programming, engagement, and business plans to ensure that environmental concerns are central to every decision we make.

Photo: Maeve Cushla

Award Winners

In early 2020, we were national winners of the Cultural Enterprises Association Green Award (Association for Cultural Enterprises, 2020) for our work around wildflower planting, sustainable sourcing in the shop and café, installation of renewable energy, beekeeping, and habitat and wildlife protection on our site. Planet PK has also recently won at the Cornwall Heritage Awards, organised by the Cornwall Museum Partnership, and sponsored by Tevi, who acknowledged our ‘Contribution to the Environment and Circular Economy’ here at PK Porthcurno.


Everyone loves Porthcurno, from locals and tourists to film and TV producers, and it is not hard to see why! However, with such popularity comes a strain on the environment and infrastructure of what is not only a breath-taking beach, but a valley steeped in natural and cultural heritage. PK Porthcurno works very closely with the local National Trust on land management and endeavours to work with our neighbours, partners, local community, and visitors alike to ensure Porthcurno is enjoyed in the most sustainable way possible with wildlife and habitat protection placed at greatest importance.

Photo: Ellie Smart

Follow Planet PK on Instagram

Follow us on our Instagram channel where we celebrate the wildlife and natural history of Porthcurno Valley with stunning images from local and international photographers and promote environmental protection and sustainable tourism as well as nature for health and wellbeing.

Read our Planet PK Young Curator’s Blog

Our Planet PK blog starts with photographer Maeve Cushla (@rainonlens_) who will be documenting her experiences of the nature within Porthcurno Valley.

Blog 1 – Documenting the bluetit and red robin in Porthcurno Valley

Blog 2 – Photographing the grey seal on Porthcurno Beach

Blog 3 – Exploring the microlife at Porthcurno

Blog 4 – Badger behaviour as captured on our wildlife camera

Blog 5 – Protecting our coasts from pollution

Blog 6 – Buzzards in Porthcurno Valley

Blog 7 – Nocturnal behaviour of the red fox

Blog 8 – Wintering birds – the stonechat

Blog 9 – Wave action and coastal erosion

Blog 10 – Dark Sky

Blog 11 – Roe Deer

Header image credit: Ellie Smart

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