We need a new Cafe Assistant for the NT cafe in Boscastle for the 2014 season
- part time hours to suit over a seven day rota (we are open every day of the week!)
- some experience preferred, proactive, self motivated and able to use initiative to get things done
- previous customer services experience useful (friendly, customer focused, happy to chat and tell our visitors about the National Trust and the local North Cornwall area)
- attention to detail important, love of good coffee would be extraordinarily fantastic
- as would a love of cake, pasties, cream teas, ice cream
…. want to know more? Would you like an application form? Email email@example.com and lets talk!
On Saturday 8 March …
The Old Post Office in Tintagel reopens full time for the 2014 season
Clearing scrub overlooking Crantock Bay
Wednesday 19 March will be our last volunteer scrub management day of this winter. Thats your last opportunity until October, blink and you’ll miss it!
Over winter we’ve spent 15 days wading into thick gorse, blackthorn and brambles on National Trust land between Holywell and Tintagel, cutting it back to ground level and then burning it to allow a wider diversity of plants to thrive on our coastal grassland habitats.
Last Saturday, we were joined by nine volunteers and a dog at Vugga Cove, overlooking the amazing Crantock Bay. We cleared a large area of rank grass and gorse stumps, raking off the leaf litter and revealing the bluebells already pushing skywards. It was a superb spot to spend the day, with plenty of heat in the sun and front row views of the surfers lining up on the left hand side of the beach. With fleeces saturated with bonfire smoke and bramble scratched arms, the day finished off perfectly with a pint in the nearby Bowgie Inn, where three of our enthusiastic volunteers spend their working days. Thanks to the Bowgie for letting us use their car park!
…please just throw me a stick!
The path to Vugga cove, where slipways for launching pilot boats have been hacked out of the rock in days gone by.
Karen thought we were going skate boarding!
Bagging and burning gorse
Views up the Gannel estuary.
The scrub bashing crew, minus the two people hiding from the camera!
If you would like to join us for our final volunteer scrub bash (there’s a free jacket potato lunch in it for you) on Wednesday 19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01208 863821.
Otherwise, we’ve got a full programme of volunteer days lined up for the rest of the year, soon to be uploaded to our events page so watch this space…
Spring is on the way it would seem (we are ever hopeful!). The snowdrops have been out for a while now and we have had the first daffodil sightings around the Stowe Barton office. So keep an eye out for all the emerging wildlife!
Half term has just finished and we are all gearing up for the start of the season. Hopefully you all managed to get out and explore in the odd sunny days we have had. The ranger team were busy during half term running a workshop making bird and bug boxes at the Boscastle visitor centre, producing 30 beautifully decorated boxes over all.
Our group of conservation volunteers have been hard at work. Their latest challenge was to tackle the boggy footpath behind Morwenstow church.
Many hands and lots of hard work later, we managed to create a log board walk and steps on the worst bits of path.
If you are interested in volunteering we will be in Boscastle tomorrow working on the footpaths around the harbour, feel free to come along and get stuck in! We will be meeting in the overflow car park at 10am. Please bring clothes that can get muddy, stout foot wear and any food and drink you will need for the day.
UPDATE: The staircase to access Bedruthan Steps beach is now open. However with the Atlantic still throwing some lively winter weather our way do take care! The tide times are posted in the car park and at the top of the steps, so allow plenty of time at low tide to explore the beach and get back to the steps before the tide comes in. There are over 130 steps to get up and down and can be slippery in the wet so access with care.
Due to the recent wet weather, we have changed the location of this Wednesday’s 19th Feburary Scrub n Spuds from Porth Mear to Porthcothan cliffs, north of Bedruthan Steps, as Porthcothan is much drier underfoot.
Help us clear invading scrub to improve this coastal habitat for the numerous wildlife a diverse habitat supports. In return get a jacket spud lunch cooked in the bonfire.
Meet: at the public car park in Porthcothan, SW 859 719 PL28 8LP
Sorry, but we’re not sure if its free or there’s a charge so bring change just in case.
Bring: any extra jacket potato fillings you would like (we’ll provide cheese and beans)
Time: start at 10am and finish at 4pm
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 for further details
We had hoped, as usual, to be able to open the staircase that gives access to Bedruthan Steps beach in time for February half term. However, with the storms still raging and more big tides due, we will not be opening the stairs to the public just yet! Apologies for any convenience.
The Carnewas cafe and National Trust shop will be open for business, so please do pop in and shelter from the weather for a warming drink and a browse in the shop.
Mike – Head Ranger
Don’t miss this short film featuring Rick Stein and Tim Smit from the Eden Project talking about how although the region has taken a bit of a battering after the recent storms, Cornwall is keen to tell visitors it’s business as usual. Despite images of floods and storms in the media Cornwall is most definitely extending a warm welcome to visitors.
Train services to Cornwall from London, Birmingham and Bristol are operating with bus connections from Exeter to Plymouth and FLYBE has doubled its Newquay-Gatwick service to six flights a day. Only a small percentage of you come by rail and the road network is unaffected by the storms, so don’t let the stories of us being cut off put you off.
Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd Feb
The Old Post Office in Tintagel re-opens in February for half-term and then March 8th for the 2014 season….
Sunday 9th Feb
Get involved, there’s beginner friendly orienteering taking place at Polly Joke! If you’re up for trying something new or just in need of a good dose of fresh air, get down to Polly Joke on Sunday 9 February and have a go at this exciting outdoor sport with Cornwall Orienteering. Come along by yourself and meet some new people or bring the whole family
Just a heads up about orienteering this Sunday – owing to the very poor weather forecast for Sunday with more very high winds the Club has decided to postpone the event in the interests of competitor safety. They’ve not come up with an alternative date though yet, I’ll let you know as soon as they let me know.