2019 Events and Volunteer Days

Saturday 12 January
Scrub and Spuds 10am – 3pm Tregardock Cliffs, near Port Isaac

Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 5 February
Morwenstow – scrub clearance

We’ll be using saws and loppers to remove prickly gorse, brambles and scrub from the Morwenstow valleys. This opens up the area for wildflowers. Meet at Morwenstow car park next to church EX23 9SR (Grid Ref SS 206 153). Everyone is welcome, you don’t need any experience. We’ll show you how to use the tools, so you can help us with the jobs. Everything you need is provided, just wear clothes that can get dirty, stout footwear and bring lunch and a flask. Please contact me for more information – Jenny Herbert 01288 331372 Jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 17 February
Valency Valley – riverbed coppicing and winter hay cut

We’ll be out with saws and loppers again, cutting back regrowth as part of our ongoing flood defence work. We will also be doing a winter hay cut on the meadows to mimic winter grazing and improve the meadow habitat. Meet in the overflow car park in Boscastle PL35 0HG. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need any experience. We’ll show you how to use the tools, so you can help us with the jobs. Everything you need is provided, just wear clothes that can get dirty, stout footwear and bring lunch and a flask. Please contact me for more information – Jenny Herbert 01288 331372 Jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 20 February
Be a Half Term Ranger: Scrub Bashing 10am – 3pm Pentire Head, near Polzeath

Bonfires, jacket potatoes and marshmallows. Are you tempted yet? Be a National Trust ranger for a few hours and help us with some scrub bashing, cutting down prickly gorse and blackthorn then burning it on the bonfire. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 9 March
Try out Cornish Hedging 10am – 3pm Park Head, near Padstow

Have you ever wondered how Cornish hedges are built? Well here’s your chance to try your hand at this traditional skill working to repair these historic field boundaries. No experience required, all tools and tuition provided. Just bring sturdy footwear, clothing suitable for the weather and that you don’t mind getting muddy. Bring lunch and snacks to keep you going. Free. Spaces limited so booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 9 March
Polzeath Mega Beach Clean 3pm

Help Polzeath BeachCare, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group and the National Trust clean up the beautiful beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre PL27 6TA. No need to book. For more info 07779 896650

Tuesday 12 March
Valency Valley and Boscastle coppicing and harbour tidy up.

Cutting back willow and alder regrowth as part of our flood defence work. Also do a few tidy up jobs in the harbour ready for Easter. Meet in the overflow car park in Boscastle PL35 0HG. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need any experience. We’ll show you how to use the tools, so you can help us with the jobs. Everything you need is provided, just wear clothes that can get dirty, stout footwear and bring lunch and a flask. Please contact me for more information – Jenny Herbert 01288 331372 Jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 17 March
Crackington Haven – footpath maintenance and bench installation

Penkenna point is a popular place to walk and needs some TLC. We will be improving steps, drainage, and installing a new bench. Meet in Crackington Haven at Burden Trust Honesty box Car Park on road from C. Haven- Wainhouse corner. Our truck will be parked on Road, and we will help direct on the day! NT will pay parking fee (Grid Ref: SX 146 967). Everyone is welcome, you don’t need any experience. We’ll show you how to use the tools, so you can help us with the jobs. Everything you need is provided, just wear clothes that can get dirty, stout footwear and bring lunch and a flask. Please contact me for more information – Jenny Herbert 01288 331372 Jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 13 April
Try out Cornish Hedging 10am – 3pm Park Head, near Padstow

Have you ever wondered how Cornish hedges are built? Why not try your hand at this traditional skill working to repair these historic field boundaries. No experience required, all tools and tuition provided. Just bring sturdy footwear, clothing suitable for the weather and that you don’t mind getting muddy. Bring lunch and snacks to keep you going. Free. Spaces limited so booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 13 April
Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan) with Kernow Astronomers. Start time tbc till late

Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet at the National Trust car park at Carnewas (Bedruthan) PL27 7UW.

Sunday 21 April
Holywell Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 10.30am – 3pm

Join the rangers at this glorious sandy beach to follow trails through the dunes to be rewarded with a Cadbury chocolate treat at the end. There will be two trails to choose from, an easy route for youngsters and a more challenging one for older chocolate lovers. Join in anytime between 10.30am – 3pm (or earlier if we run out of Cadbury chocolate treats!). £2.50 Find the rangers near the footbridge at the back of the sand dunes. Parking available in the nearby National Trust car park (charge for non-members). For further information: 01208 863821

Wednesday 29 May
Half Term Rangers : Beach cleaning Holywell Bay 10am – 12pm  

Do you hate the thought of litter ending up in the ocean and polluting the countryside? Why not come and help us clean litter off the beach at Holywell between 10am – 12pm and do your good deed for the day? We’ll get the kettle on and provide hot drinks for when you’ve finished. All gloves and equipment provided. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather. No need to book. For more details phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk Meet at Holywell car park 10am (No charge for volunteers). TR8 5PF

Friday 31 May
Coastal Trail Series: Pentire Head 7pm – 9.30pm

This half term, we’re hosting an evening of guided trail running out on the impressive Pentire Head near Polzeath. Iron Age cliff castles, massive views and sweeping coastal trails. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or an interested newbie, you can choose from either a 5km or 10km route, all abilities are catered for. Join us for a summer evening of running followed by a BBQ, what could be better? £5pp. Bring your own food to cook on our BBQ. Call 01208 863046 or email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details. Booking is essential as the date may change due to unfavourable weather.

Wednesday 24 July
Bat Night at Pentire Head, near Polzeath 8.30pm until late

Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at 8.30pm. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes, and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional. £3 per person. Booking is essential as the date may change due to unfavourable weather. 01208 863046

Wednesday 7 August
Bat Night at Pentire Head, near Polzeath 8pm until late

Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at 8pm. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes, and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional. £3 per person. Booking is essential as the date may change due to unfavourable weather. 01208 863046

Saturday 10 August
Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan) with Kernow Astronomers. Start time tbc till late

Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet at the National Trust car park at Carnewas (Bedruthan) PL27 7UW.

Wednesday 14 August
Coastal Trail Series: Pentire to Port Quin 7pm – 9.30pm

This summer, we’re hosting an evening of guided trail running out on the coastline between Pentire Head and Port Quin. There are hidden beaches, gothic follies and collapsed sea caves awaiting you along the route. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or an interested newbie, you can choose from either a 6.5km or 10km route, all abilities are catered for. Join us for a summer evening of running followed by a BBQ on the beach, what could be better? £5pp. Bring your own food to cook on our BBQ. Call 01208 863046 or email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details. Booking is essential as the date may change due to unfavourable weather.

Saturday 21 September               
Polzeath Mega Beach Clean 3pm

Help Polzeath BeachCare, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group and the National Trust clean up the beautiful beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre PL27 6TA. No need to book. For more info 07779 896650

Saturday 5 October
Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan) with Kernow Astronomers. Start time tbc till late

Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet at the National Trust car park at Carnewas (Bedruthan) PL27 7UW.

Wednesday 23 October
Be a Half Term Ranger: Bird Box Building at the Tubestation, Polzeath 10am – 2pm

Build a bird box and make a cosy home for our feathery friends. Come along to the Tubestation above Polzeath beach between 10 am and 2pm to build your bird box, then we’ll give you some top tips for how to put it up in your garden at home. All tools, equipment and guidance provided. £5 per bird box. Booking not essential, for more info please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 7 December
Christmas Scrub Bash 10am – 3pm Pentire Head, near Polzeath

Spend a few hours on the coast at Carnweather Point, helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans and throw in a mince pie as well. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

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