Diggin Deeper

The next event at the OPO is ‘Diggin’ deeper’. As part of the Festival of Archaeology, we’ll be unearthing the earlier medieval history of the building from its roots as longhouse in 1380 through to 1500 when the iconic slate roof was added.

This will be done through several reconstruction drawings by local artist Sue Read (see sketch below), along with articles, newspaper cuttings, architects’ plans and drafts showing the roof restoration of 1992 – a project that increased our understanding of the roof.

diggin deeper

In the garden we will have a mock-excavation ‘trench’ for your little treasures who wish to become an archaeologist for the day as well as the chance to handle artefacts.

There’s also a chance to meet archaeologists from North Cornwall Heritage who, along with us at the OPO, will give a combined talk about medieval longhouses in the landscape.

Normal admission charges apply. Members free.

1380 recon

A preliminary sketch of the building c.1380. Find out more about Sue Read here.

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Classy Coast Path

Running locations don't get much better on a sunny evening. Glebe Cliff looking towards Tintagel Castle.

Running locations don’t get much better on a sunny evening. Glebe Cliff looking towards Tintagel Castle.

We were blessed with some more golden weather for the second installment in the Coastal Challenge Series, taking place on the craggy clifftops around Tintagel. Once again we were really excited by the amount of people who were keen to head out running with us. 98 runners all in all donned their trainers, this number topped up by 35 visiting Launceston Road Runners.

This was possibly the hardest of the run series with some hefty hills and some tricky rock sections to negotiate. Everyone took it in their stride, especially the many runners new to coastpath running. We’ve still got a few tricks left up our sleeve for the rest of the series (watch out for the sand dunes on the 4th run!), but this one was undoubtedly a toughie in the June heat.

Thanks to Rob, Zelda and team at the Strand Cafe for catering for the horde of hungry runners afterwards.

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Next up is the Carnewas to Porthcothan run on 7th July. Don’t miss out, lets make it at least 100 runners next time! Email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more and book your place

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Napping in Nature

Do you ever yearn to nap in more natural surroundings? Do you ever want to snooze in the solitude and peace of the great outdoors?

Alex and Michael, our full time volunteers clearly don’t need to go on the ‘Powernapping for rangers course’, ably sneaking in forty winks (well, maybe about 15) to the lunch break after a morning strimming the footpath down to Porth Mear near Park Head.
Volunteer with the ranger team and you too can have some sneaky shuteye in a place far from busy roads and urban hustle and bustle!

Just to prove we're not all about the napping!

Just to prove we’re not all about the napping!

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If you do ‘just’ one thing this week….

(as seen in this weeks WMN…) Come and join us in a couple of weeks, on Saturday 4 July between midday and 4pm at the BIG BEACH PICNIC down at Polzeath! wmn In what promises to be a brilliant one-off day out in celebration of the North Cornwall coast, bring along a picnic and join in the fun. There’ll be lots going on including a sand sculpture competition, rock pool rambles, beach games and craft tent. BBP July 2015 2-page-001 Call 01208863046 for more details or full details can be found on our National Trust Polzeath to Port Quin web pages

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The Boscastle NT Second Hand Book Shop

We have opened the doors on a new project this year in Boscastle – our Second Hand Book Shop


Although we have got off to a good start, we are still looking for more donations of books to fill out the shelves, if you can help? All unwanted books can be dropped off with us at the Boscastle Visitor Centre.


It will be open most days, but if you find it shut, just pop into the next door Visitor Centre and if we can, we’ll open it up for you!


All the money made from sales goes back into the work we do in and around Boscastle

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Busy weekend

On Saturday morning we had 12 volunteers join us for some invasive, non-native Himalayan balsam removal in Rocky Valley, a beautiful valley near Tintagel. The volunteers who were brave enough, went coasteering with Cornish Rock Tors at Port Quin in the afternoon as a thanks for their hard work.

We work in partnership with Cornish Rock Tors and they kindly provided this coasteering session for free.

On Sunday, ranger Tom led a wildflower walk around the stunning Pentire headland near Polzeath. We had over 20 members of the public join us, soaking up the sunshine and all the wildflower knowledge we could. We noted 83 species of flowering plants and grasses as well as various birds, butterflies and insects including a ruby tailed wasp, a banded sexton beetle, oak eggar moth caterpillar and small eggar moth caterpillars. We also saw a fox out in the bright sunshine, but most awesome of all – a pod of dolphins!

To find out what other ranger days and events we have coming up over the next few months, click on the tabs at the top of the page.

Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell

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Diggin’ Deeper

We are delighted to announce that our Festival of British Archaeology event ‘Diggin’ Deeper’ is featured in the Council for British Archaeology newsletter.

The event is being organised in partnership with North Cornwall Heritage and runs from 11-26 July. It will feature reconstructive drawings, talks, a mock excavation for kids and finds handling*. For more information about the event, click here: http://bit.ly/diggin-deeper

Normal admission charges apply. Members free.

For more information about the Festival of British Archaeology, or to find an event near you, click here: www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

For any queries, please contact rhodri.davies@nationaltrust.org.uk

*activities may be subject to change.

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Marine Discovery Day is a winner!

Yesterday the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team were part of yet another highly successful Marine Discovery Day event held at Polzeath. After a brief downpour and some testing breezes to get the marquees set up in, our worries were over as the day settled into a glorious sunny one and the hundreds of half-term holiday beachgoers called by the various stalls and activities to see what was going on throughout the day. A huge thanks to all the groups, organisations and local businesses who joined us to make it such a success – Polzeath Marine Conservation Group, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Marine Conservation Society, BeachCare, the Shark Trust, Cornwall Seal Group, RNLI Lifeguards, Badger Forest School and National Coastwatch Institute, & author Laura Frances Martin.
Mike – Lead Ranger

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Lackey moths

Keen eyed walkers or gardeners may have noticed these caterpillars recently. These are the caterpillars of the lackey moth (Malacosoma neustria).
In May and June they gather in large numbers, usually on blackthorn or hawthorn bushes, spinning large silken webs within which they feed on the leaves of the plant. They also spend time basking together on the outside of the webs. On closer inspection the larvae are beautifully coloured with alternating orange, brown, blue and white stripes down their bodies. The adult moth is less dramatic being a sandy brown colour and is in flight during mid to late summer, before laying its eggs around the stem of the host plant.
Mike – Lead Ranger

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All Hands on Deck for Valency Valley Himalayan Balsam Pull

We’ve got our first balsam pull of the season coming up next Tuesday (2 June).

Himalayan balsam is a non-native species which supresses the growth of native British plants growing along our riverbanks. It forms thick stems which prevent other species from colonising and when it dies back in the winter it exposes sections of riverbank leaving it susceptible to erosion. The weed has explosive seed pods which carry readily down water courses so it is important to get rid of the balsam before these ripen.

Come and have a fun day out and help us remove Himalayan balsam from the beautiful Valency Valley so the native wildlife here can flourish.

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