Come Walking With Us

This Wednesday 22 April our NT rangers are leading ‘Wonderful Boscastle, wonderful wildlife’ – as part of Boscastle Walking Week which is on all week April 17 – 25 – See http://www.boscastlefestival.co.uk

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Starting from the National Trust Visitor Centre in Boscastle harbour, we will walk along the wooded Valency Valley before climbing up and out to the spectacular cliffs of Beeny and Pentargon, then follow the coast path back through coastal meadows to the historic harbour.

Booking essential at the National Trust Visitor Centre, Boscastle or call 01840 250010
Meet at the National Trust Visitor Centre, Boscastle. Grid Reference SX 096 914, PL35 0HD
Meet at 10.30am with a finish time about 3.30pm
Wear suitable walking gear and bring lunch, camera and binoculars.
Cost just £8

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The Winding of the Clocks

In most National Trust places it takes some time and effort for a certain amount of housekeeping behind the scenes to keep things ticking over and spick and span, and The Old Post Office in Tintagel is a great example of this.

Apart from keeping the garden looking fantastic, and lots and lots of dusting, there are the clocks.

Three old clocks that need regular winding.

The three clocks are:
an ‘Act of parliament’ clock, c.1750,
a Longcase clock, Gloucestershire, c.1830
and an English dial clock, London. Made by J.T Bell in 1840

Rhodri, our own in-house film maker has taken the time to film and produce this short film to give you an glimpse of what’s involved.

So please take a minute or two to watch this short film, where you’ll get a first-person view of the work done by the house stewards of Tintagel Old Post Office NT on a daily and weekly basis

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Marking the way for a new year

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Over 50 miles of footpaths have been covered over the last few weeks as we have been busy finishing our open structures survey for the property. This involved checking the conditions of all our footpaths and structures to make sure everything is looking its best and is in good working order.

On the not so sunny days last week we began making some waymarkers which will replace the rotting ones along the coast path. These were made out of oak which lasts longer than softwood and doesn’t need to be chemically treated. We use a router to engrave the wood and have to be careful not to make any mistakes otherwise we end up with very expensive firewood!

Here is Sarah, one of the volunteer rangers standing proudly next to the waymaker she made. Look out for it on the Dizzard between Crackington Haven and Millook.

Boscastle to Morwenstow ranger team

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Reinforcements

Two more full time volunteer rangers reporting for duty! Alex joined the Tintagel – Holywell ranger team back in January this year, while Michael had his first day with the team on the 16 February. We’ll let them introduce themselves…

Alex on the left, Michael on the right. Our new(ish) FTVs  getting stuck into some coast path maintenance at Porthcothan.

Alex on the left, Michael on the right. Our new(ish) FTVs getting stuck into some coast path maintenance at Porthcothan.

Alex Gilroy

Hello,
My name is Alex Gilroy and I am one of the latest FTV additions to the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team. Originally from Dorset, I’ve been on a mission to gain and expand my experience of practical conservation and land management to open up a career within the sector. The natural environment has always been a huge passion of mine and much of my free time is spent in it or on it, whether it be surfing, fishing, climbing or hiking. My quest has so far led me to many amazing interesting places from the dusty Australian Outback to deserted Hebridean beaches. I studied my degree at Plymouth University and since graduating in 2013 I have worked for the RSPB at Land’s End and then for a builder, helping to renovate an old coastguard cottage in Sennen Cove. As a very keen surfer I got to know the Cornish coast inside out whilst hunting for waves in between lectures and assignments whilst at Uni and I am stoked to be part of the team and to help preserve, learn about and protect this magical patch of the world.

My first few weeks here have absolutely zoomed past and I have already been able to get involved with fencing, scrub clearance, hedgelaying and swailing. The highlight for me so far has been the swailing at Dannonchapel and seeing flames as big as houses and the hillside ablaze (in a totally controlled and safe fashion!). I am looking forward to getting to know the team, getting trained up on the brushcutters and getting involved with species surveys.
See you out and about!
Alex

Michael ‘Milky’ Bell

I’m originally from a small village in the Midlands called Yoxall where I lived with my parents, two brothers and three dogs. Having grown up in the middle of the countryside I appreciated the beauty of the outdoors and the necessity to manage these habitats for the benefits of wildlife and people, which led me to studying Level 3 Countryside Management Extended Diploma at Stafford College.

I joined the team to develop my conservation knowledge and practical skills and hopefully gain some certificated qualifications to enhance my chances of full time employment within the countryside. I finished college in July 2014 where I learnt how to manage different sites and habitats for different species to increase biodiversity and for the public’s enjoyment of various sites.

Up until now I have been doing odd jobs both in and out of conservation until settling into this volunteer position.

I enjoy snowboarding and hiking and can’t wait to explore more of Cornwall’s stunning scenery in my spare time, and have a shot at surfing which I’ve never done before!

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Coastal Challenge Series

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Calling all you runners! And all you folks who are dabbling with the idea of running!

This summer, North Cornwall National Trust are celebrating the amazing coastline on our doorstep by getting out and running some of the best bits of it on five Tuesdays between May and September!

5 or 10km on the coast path followed by a BBQ on the beach or heading to the nearest beer garden. We are open to all abilities as we’ll run at a sensible pace and take plenty of stops to check out the views. But some of the coast path is steep and uneven in places so do bear this in mind.

Get in touch to find out more details and to book on. You can also find further details of each event on our events pages. If you’re a bit nervous about heading out and running off road, get in touch and we can ease your worries!

tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk
or call the ranger team on 01208 863821

Hopefully see you on the trail soon.

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Beach Clean weekend

What an exciting weekend! Spring equinox, super low tides and a solar eclipse.

We also had a great turnout at two of our beach cleans, with about 30  people at Sandymouth on Friday, and another 20 who tacked the climb down to Strangles on Sunday. A huge thanks to all those who came to give us a hand. We were lucky with some great weather and managed to collect loads of rubbish from both beaches.

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Boscastle to Morwenstow ranger team

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The Kelseys. A film by Callum Sampson

A group of BA Applied Media students from Truro College have been tasked to make a film in association with the National Trust.

Their brief was to ‘demonstrate the ability to effectively identify, research and negotiate an agreed brief for the client /media product’, with the National Trust being the client for this

One of the resulting films by Callum Sampson has focused on The Kelseys in North Cornwall, which is both local for us, and also an very atmospheric film I’m sure you’ll agree…. enjoy!

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Big Beach Clean at Holywell and Crantock

If you can’t make it along to the Big Beach Clean with our lovely colleagues at Sandymouth, how about joining the other North Cornwall ranger team at Holywell and Crantock instead on Wednesday 18 March?

All tools and gloves provided. More detail on the poster below. Just give us a call to book in.

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Our Beautiful Coast

As an introduction to, and as part of our year of focusing on and celebration our beautiful coastline under the banner of ‘Coast 2015′, the National Trust has produced this wonderful video.

Please, sit back. Be inspired. Enjoy.

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Just another manic Monday

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What makes a typical ranger day in North Cornwall? In the winter, much of our time can be spent tidying up after bad weather. After a morning spent litter picking at our beaches, we went off to investigate a reported tree which had blown down in the Tidna valley. To our slight surprise it turned out to be a fairly mature sycamore which was blocking the footpath. It took an afternoon of chainsawing and hard work to make the area safe, and clear the path. All of this is part of the natural woodland cycle and rather than remove the wood it was left as habitat piles for invertebrates and fungi.

Boscastle to Morwenstow ranger team

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