‘Not the Chelsea Flower show 2013’ has been a great success with the weather staying warm and dry throughout the 2 day event. Thanks to everyone who participated and spent money to support the garden of the Old Post Office. So far over £500 has been raised for the gardener and there is still plenty to sell so come along to see what gardening goodies you can take away. Items include plants, seeds, greeting cards and second hand books.
On Saturday 18th May, my ‘up for anything’ friend and I went to check out a Stargazing event at National Trust Carnewas, which is near Bedruthan Steps in Newquay. This little event, which happens a couple of times a year, was hosted by the Kernow Astronomers group who meet once a month in St Columb Major. The members brought their own telescopes, all varying in size, colour and monetary worth. One of these telescopes was large, hexagonal shaped and made of wood; we soon found out that this was built with a budget of £400 by a couple of the members, yet the craftsmanship was exceptional.
For an hour or so we were able to view the moon whilst it was still daylight; the conditions were perfect too, no light pollution and the sky was cloud free.
I learnt that each telescope has varying specifications; some you had to manually move, where others moved with the aid of coördinates or GPS tracking. My favourite one was most probably a Bresser model, which was picked up for £50 at an Aldi superstore! We were able to take a few photos of the moon on our phones with this telescope, simply by putting the camera lens up to the eyepiece. If you ever wanted to take good photographs with a Digital SLR, it is possible to attach them to a telescope and capture what you’d see with the naked eye; something I really would love to do in future.
Throughout the evening we were able to look at the moon and its craters, the sun (through a special red filter) and it’s sun flares, Venus and Jupiter. I could see three of Jupiter’s four moons; the fourth was just too tricky to glimpse. Yet it was simply mind-boggling how, by fiddling with the focus knob, you could see the sand spots across Jupiter’s surface as well as its moons. The members within the group were very friendly and very willing to share their knowledge and expertise in astronomy and telescopes; I learnt quite a bit about our Sun and that you can actually see planets with the naked eye, even with my dodgy eyesight! Overall an impressing evening…
Review by Becky, who works in the Boscastle NT cafe
This Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th 10:30am-4:30pm. Normal admission applies to visitors wishing to visit the house and garden but special offer just for the show, visitors can purchase a show ticket for £1.50 from the admission point at the Old Post Office. We have plants and seeds, gardening books and craft items for sale plus beautiful flower arrangements. Be inspired by the back garden here and walk away with delights for your own green space.
Also….. children are asked to get creative and make a scarecrow for us to display here in the Old Post Office garden. Entries to be in by 5pm Friday 17th May!
Join Kernow Astronomers this Saturday 18th May at the car park at the National Trust site at Carnewas (north of Newquay) for some star gazing out across the ocean, with minimal light pollution. Use their high powered telescopes to be guided through what the heavens have to offer – and it’s all FREE – just come along on the evening from 7.30pm onwards…..
A few of us met at Polly Joke car park on Saturday morning to pull some ragwort on Cubert Common before setting off after lunch to do a wildflower survey for Plantlife’s Wildflowers Count.
The ragwort is still in rosette form, but once we all knew what we were looking for we found quite a few to dig up in the morning. One of the advantages of removing the plant at this stage is that it we use fewer collection bags as it takes longer to fill them!
ragwort in rosette form
Our aim is to reduce the number of flowering ragwort, not to eradicate it. The plant is eaten by cinnabar moth caterpillars, they will eat it down to the ground and at flowering stage it is a great nectar source for many insects.
cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort
In the afternoon we walked from Polly Joke car park out on to the Kelseys, it was very windy on the headland! But with local botanist Ian Bennallick’s help we noted about 100 different plants, and that doesn’t include all the types of grasses.
The flowers are only starting to show on some species, this year’s cold weather has meant they’re all a bit later this year. But we’re going back to remove more ragwort and carry out the Wildflowers Count survey again on Sunday 28 July, let me know if you can come along and help. However, should you wish to see a carpet of spring squill, its in flower now, on a number of coastal sites.
Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell
A leg here, an arm there, we want you to make a Frankenstein creation for our mini scarecrow competition at the Old Post Office ahead of the ‘Not the Chelsea Flower Show 2013′ coming up this weekend the 18th and 19th of May …. you only have a few days so get creative!… All entries need to be with us by 5pm this Friday 18th at the Old Post Office – details below…..
Exploring Sealife with the National Trust at Bossiney Cove; working closely with the National Trust over the last two years Outdoor Adventure are now proud new Ambassador for Coasteering at Bossiney Cove. Part of their goal with the National Trust is to include an element of wildlife education to Coasteering trips, highlighting the amazing seashore critters that call Bossiney Cove their home.
One of their instructors, Ollie, was the lucky one to get the chance to go out with the National Trusts North Cornwall head ranger Jeff Cherrington to explore the shoreline and have a close look at its flora and forna.
Jeff about to eat seaweed!
READ ON HERE about the intriguing account of the epic day, sure to tantalise anyone into Coasteering (with or without the seaweed eating!)..
Fancy a go at Coasteering yourself?
You can, with Outdoor Adventure who are looking forward to sharing all the coast has to offer with you!
Come and join in here!?!
This coming Saturday 11th May join our rangers for a morning controlling the spread of common ragwort by pulling up the plants on Kelsey Head, near Holywell. Don’t worry we’ll leave some of the plants for the 240 species of insects that love it! Then in the afternoon help us in our annual survey of the local wildflowers on the headland. Hot drinks and biscuits provided. We’ll kit you out with gloves, bin bags and ID books.
Meet: Polly Joke car park, SW 777 599 TR8 5QS
Day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm unless otherwise stated
Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email email@example.com
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And so the mammoth fundraising South West Coast Path walk has completed its route through our piece of North Cornwall. Most of the Ranger team were involved to some extent, leading and back-marking 4 of the sponsored treks along our stunning coastline between Morwenstow and Holywell Bay. The SWCP Association’s challenge has raised double the amount of money they were hoping for already, and together with the generous donations from companies and businesses along the route this means that dozens of path improvement projects can now go ahead.
On our patch, Parkdean Holidays have chipped in to buy materials that will build a new boardwalk and steps at Polly Joke as well as step repairs and Cornish hedge rebuilding at Carnewas, so a huge thanks to them. A team of 10 Parkdean staff joined us for the Crantock to Perranporth walk yesterday as well as a group of staff from the Bowgie Inn, West Pentire who also generously stumped up money to sponsor the event. Nice one guys!
Of course this week has seen stunning weather in Cornwall, so the coastline was looking its absolute best as we walked through, unable to resist grabbing a few photos.
There are still several sections still to walk and time to join in before the culmination of the whole event at Land’s end next tuesday – check out-http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/40th-anniversary/ for details of the remaining walks and https://www.facebook.com/southwestcoastpath
for latest pictures and comments.
Mike – Head Ranger