2018 Events and Volunteer Days

Ranger day: Saturday 10th February
Scrub and Spuds at Epphaven Cove, near Polzeath 10am – 3pm
We’re undertaking some scrub clearance work to encourage wildlife in this coastal grassland habitat. Why not join the Tintagel to Holywell rangers for a few hours to help cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub and burn it on the bonfire? To say thanks, we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch. 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

Half Term Ranger day: Wednesday 14th February
Scrub bashing, bonfires and marshmallows at Pentire Head, near Polzeath 10am – 3pm
Become a ranger for a few hours and drop in to help us with some scrub bashing, cutting down prickly gorse and blackthorn then burning it on the bonfire. With the fire blazing we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch to keep you fed and there may even be some marshmallows to toast. 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

Ranger day: Sunday 18th February
Scrub clearance at Beeny Cliffs, near Boscastle 10am – 4pm
We’ll be out with saws and loppers again, clearing more prickly gorse and scrub from the cliff tops, to open up the area and encourage maritime grassland species. Meet at 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 Jen Tyler on 01288 331372 or jen.tyler@nationaltrust.org.uk

Port Gaverne beach clean: Friday 2nd March
Port Gaverne beach 11am – 1pm
Help clean up the beach at Port Gaverne (just north of Port Isaac) as part of the Great British Spring Clean. All equipment provided. Wear suitable clothing for the weather. For more information please phone 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Ranger day: Tuesday 6th March
Coast path improvements at Crackington Haven 10am – 4pm
We need to regrade and clear some areas of the coast path using spades and mattocks. We’ll fix some steps using hammers, pins, and digging bars. Meeting place TBA – please get in touch. 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 Jen Tyler on 01288 331372 or jen.tyler@nationaltrust.org.uk

Try out Cornish Hedging: Saturday 10th March **FULLY BOOKED**
Dannonchapel Farm 10am – 3pm
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

Polzeath Mega Beach Clean: Saturday 10th March
Polzeath beach 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 call 07779 896650.

Ranger day: Sunday 18th March
Tidy up at Boscastle Harbour 10am – 4pm
A tidy up before Easter, litter picking, vegetation cutting with loppers and drain clearing using spades and mattocks. Meet at 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 Jen Tyler on 01288 331372 or jen.tyler@nationaltrust.org.uk

Easter trails at Crantock: Sunday 1st April
Crantock beach 10.30am – 4pm
Find the rangers any time between 10.30am and 4pm (or when all the Cadbury chocolate prizes have been claimed, whichever occurs first) at Crantock beach car park to follow the clues around one of their wildlife themed trails to win a Cadbury chocolate prize. £2 per hunt. Free parking for National Trust members, parking charge for non-members. For more info call 01208 863046.

Ranger day: Saturday 7th April
South West Coast Path repair at Epphaven Cove 10am – 3pm
Why not get stuck in with a spade or mattock, repairing steps, drains and improving the surface of the footpath? No experience necessary, all tools and equipment provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. Bring your own lunch. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Ranger day: Tuesday 10th April
Boardwalk installation at Sandymouth 10am – 4pm
We’ll be putting in some new boardwalk sections, and some wooden stepping stones using spades, digging bars, hammers and tamps. Meet at Sandymouth car park EX23 9EG. 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 Jen Tyler on 01288 331372 or jen.tyler@nationaltrust.org.uk

Beach cleans: Sunday 22nd April
Duckpool, Sandymouth and Northcott 10am – 4pm
We’re teaming up with the Plastic Movement for a spring beach clean across our more northern beaches, collecting loads of beach rubbish. Join us for one or all of the beach cleans. We will be starting at Duckpool car park EX23 9JN. 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 Jen Tyler on 01288 331372 or jen.tyler@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan): Saturday 28th April
Carnewas 7.30pm til 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.

Ranger day: Saturday 12th May
South West Coast Path repair at Dannonchapel Farm 10am – 3pm
The coast path is enjoyed by thousands of walkers each year but takes a lot of maintenance to keep it in good shape. Why not lend us a hand for a few hours and get stuck in with a spade or mattock, repairing steps, drains and improving the surface of the footpath? No experience necessary, all tools and equipment provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. Bring your own lunch. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Trevornick 10k: Sunday 13th May
Trail run organised by Newquay Road Runners. For more info: www.newquayroadrunners.co.uk/our-events/trevornick-10/

Pentire Head Wildflower Walk: Saturday 26th May
Pentire Head 10am – 2pm
Join National Trust rangers for a guided walk around the spectacular Pentire headland near Polzeath, learning about the array of wildflowers associated with maritime grassland and how they are managed for nature conservation. Approx. 6.5km, with some steep coast path walking. £3 per person. Booking essential on 01208 863046.

Half Term Ranger day: Wednesday 30th May
Beach cleaning Holywell Bay 10am – 12pm and / or Polly Joke 1pm – 3pm
Do you love the beaches in North Cornwall and want to keep them looking clean and free from litter? Why don’t you join us for a couple of hours litter picking on the beach at Holywell (10am – 12pm) or the more secluded Polly Joke (1.30pm – 3pm)? 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). TR8 5PF
Meet at Polly Joke car park 1:30pm (No charge). TR8 5QS (SW 777 599)

Geology Rocks!: Wednesday 30th May
Trevose Head 10.30am -1.30pm
Interpret the landscape from a different perspective, with local geology expert Jane Anderson to guide us through the geological history of the area. Wear suitable walking gear and bring binoculars if you have them and some refreshments. £3 per person. Booking essential as numbers are limited and in case of change of date due to inclement weather on 01208 863046.
 
Polzeath Marine Discovery Day: Thursday 31st May
Polzeath 10am – 4pm
Polzeath Marine Conservation Group, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, National Trust and many others are joining forces to bring you a marine day you’ll never forget! Come along and celebrate our seas in Polzeath, learn fun and fascinating facts about our amazing marine life, create beach sculptures, go on a rock pool ramble, help create a marine themed animated film, and so much more. Free, but donations welcome. For more information contact polzeathmc@gmail.com or 07779 896650.

Coastal Challenge Series: Friday 8th June
Carnewas (Bedruthan) 7pm – 9.30pm
Grab your running shoes and join us on the coast path for the first of 3 guided trail runs we’re hosting this summer. Gathering at Carnewas, a 19th century mine, we’ll head out along the clifftops overlooking the impressive Bedruthan Steps beach. 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 at the tea rooms. £5pp. The BBQ will cost a further £5pp.
Call 01208 863046 or email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details. Booking encouraged. Meeting at National Trust Carnewas car park (PL27 7UW) Free parking.

Ranger day: Saturday 9th June
Bracken bash at Lundy Bay 10am – 3pm
Come and join the rangers for a few hours controlling the spread of bracken overlooking the beach at Lundy Bay. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear long sleeved tops and long trousers when working in the bracken and take any hay fever medication you would normally take. Booking essential. Please call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

2 Minute Beach Clean Day: Monday 11th June
Cleaning up beaches in North Cornwall. Rangers will be at various beaches between Tintagel and Holywell between 10am and 12pm with bags and gloves for everyone. For more information contact sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk or 01208 863821.

Easy Access Rockpool Ramble: Thursday 14th June
Polzeath 11am – 2pm
For those who may find our usual rock pool rambles too challenging. You can be taken to the rock pools by National Trust 4×4 or beach wheelchair (if available), and we will bring the rock pool creatures to you. Free for Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members, or £2 per person. Booking essential. polzeathmc@gmail.com or 07779 896650.

Moth Night: Friday 15th June
Pentireglaze orchard 9pm until late
To celebrate National Moth Night, join the National Trust rangers for an evening of moth trapping at Pentireglaze near Polzeath. Settle in for a short talk about moths and then test out a range of moth trapping techniques. A local moth expert will be on hand to show you what’s what and we’ll have a range of ID books for help too. We’ll be there until late but feel free to stay as long as you like. £3 per person. Refreshments provided. Wear clothing suitable for the weather and bring along a torch and something to sit on. Booking encouraged 01208 863046.
Parking at Lead Mines car park, Pentire Head PL27 6QY.
To reach Pentireglaze orchard, walk back down the hill across the cattle grid, past farm buildings and cottages to the bottom of the hill.

Celebrating National Picnic Week: Sunday 17th June
Trevose Head 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Bring along your picnic and join the rangers for an afternoon of picnicking, bug hunts and rockpooling. Feel free to bring along kites, footballs, or whatever games you feel like! Find us in the meadow near the top car park. Free. (Parking charge applies, free to National Trust members). For more information phone 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Coastal Challenge Series: Friday 6th July
Glebe Cliff, Tintagel 7pm – 9.30pm
Grab your running shoes and join us on the coast path this summer for a guided trail run. Gathering at Glebe Cliff, a clifftop meadow perched high above the sea, we’ll head out along the coast famed for its impressive geology and Arthurian legend. 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 encouraged. Meeting at National Trust Glebe Cliff car park (PL34 0DL). Free parking.

Ranger day: Saturday 7th July
Ragwort raid at Trevose Head 10am – 3pm
As part of National Meadows Day join us for a few hours taking on the age old plant, common ragwort. This plant is really good for wildlife, but we need volunteers to help the rangers control its spread. All tools, equipment and coastal views provided! Booking essential call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Rock Pool Ramble: Thursday 12th July
Polzeath 10.15am – 12.30pm
Join National Trust rangers and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers on one of our famous explorations of the shore. A chance to discover the wonders of the rock pools, from rare Celtic sea slugs to stalked jellyfish and an abundance of crabs. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre, PL27 6TA. Bring suitable clothing and waterproof footwear (but not crocs or flip flops). £2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members. Booking essential on 07779 896650 or email polzeathmc@gmail.com

Guided walk: Sunday 29th July
The archaeology of Rough Tor 10am – 1pm
Join National Trust rangers and archaeologist Pete Herring of Historic England on a walk across the iconic Rough Tor. A fascinating interpretation of one of Cornwall’s most important archaeological sites.
Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and terrain. Bring a camera and binoculars if you have them and refreshments if you are staying on the moor for lunch. Free, but donations welcome. Booking essential as numbers are limited on 01208 863046.

Big Butterfly Count: Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August
All days 12noon – 12.30pm
Do your part for the Big Butterfly Count by helping the rangers spot butterflies along the north Cornwall coast. No experience necessary. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather. You may want to bring something to sit on. Join us on one or more days
Monday 30th– Trevose Head. Meet at the top car park. Free parking for members, charge for non-members. Grid ref SW 862 758, nearest postcode PL28 8SL.
Tuesday 31st – Pentire Head. Meet at Lead Mines car park. Grid ref SW 941 799, nearest postcode PL27 6QY.
Wednesday 1st – Holywell Bay. Meet at the National Trust car park. Free parking for members, charge for non-members. Grid ref SW 767 587, nearest postcode TR8 5PF.
Thursday 2nd – Cubert Common. Meet at Polly Joke car park. Grid ref SW 781 594, nearest postcode TR8 5HW.
Friday 3rd – Glebe Cliff. Meet at the car park by the church. Grid ref SX 050 884, nearest postcode PL34 0DL.
Please note some of the car parks will be busy, especially in good weather, please allow extra time in case you have to park elsewhere.
For more information phone 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Bat Night: Tuesday 31st July
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 on 01208 863046.

Butterfly walk: Sunday 5th August
Lundy Bay 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Join National Trust rangers and Cornwall Butterfly Conservation Group in a walk along one of the National Trust’s butterfly survey routes. There will be a selection of butterfly species, especially if the sun is shining! Meet in the National Trust’s Lundy Bay car park SW 958 798, PL27 6QZ. Open to Butterfly Conservation members and non-members alike. Free. For further details contact Sarah on 01208 863821 or sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Rock Pool Ramble: Thursday 9th August
Polzeath 9.15am – 11.30am
Join National Trust rangers and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers on one of our famous explorations of the shore. A chance to discover the wonders of the rock pools, from rare Celtic sea slugs to stalked jellyfish and an abundance of crabs. Meet at Valley Caravan Park, Polzeath. Bring suitable clothing and waterproof footwear (but not crocs or flip flops). £2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members. Booking essential on 07779 896650 or email polzeathmc@gmail.com

Ranger day: Saturday 11th August
Bracken bash at Lundy Bay 10am – 3pm
Join us for round two of our bracken management days overlooking the beautiful Lundy Bay. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear long sleeved tops and long trousers when working in the bracken and take any hay fever medication you would normally take. Booking essential. Please call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk
 
Bat Night: Tuesday 14th August
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 on 01208 863046.

Sun and Stars: Saturday 18th August
Carnewas (Bedruthan) 7.30pm til 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.

Rock Pool Ramble: Friday 24th August
Polzeath 10.15am – 12.30pm
Join National Trust rangers and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers on one of our famous explorations of the shore. A chance to discover the wonders of the rock pools, from rare Celtic sea slugs to stalked jellyfish and an abundance of crabs. Meet at Valley Caravan Park, Polzeath. Bring suitable clothing and waterproof footwear (but not crocs or flip flops). £2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members. Booking essential on 07779 896650 or email polzeathmc@gmail.com

Coastal Challenge Series: Friday 24th August
Polzeath 7pm – 9.30pm
Grab your running shoes and join us for our final guided trail run of the summer, this time around the impressive Pentire Head near Polzeath. Iron Age cliff castles, massive views and a secluded beach. With a 5km or 10km route to choose from, all abilities are catered for. Join us for a summer evening of running followed by a BBQ on the beach. £5pp and bring some food to cook on the BBQ on Baby Bay beach. Bring a torch if you’re staying for the BBQ.
Call 01208 863046 or email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details. Booking encouraged. Meeting at the New Polzeath council car park, PL27 6UF. Free parking after 6pm.

Polzeath Mega Beach Clean: Saturday 15th September
Polzeath 3pm
Help Polzeath BeachCare, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group and the National Trust clean up the beautiful beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided. Meet at 3pm at Polzeath Marine Centre PL27 6TA No need to book. For more info call 07779 896650.

Ranger day: Saturday 29th September
Hay Rake at Lundy Bay 10am – 3pm
Dig out your favourite grass rake and join us for a few hours making hay as part of our meadow management near Lundy bay. For £2.50pp we’ll throw in a ploughman’s lunch, let’s pray for sunny weather… All tools and equipment provided, especially if you don’t have a favourite grass rake! Booking essential. Please call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Ranger day: Saturday 13th October
Scrub and Spuds at Trevose Head 10am – 3pm
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. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential. Please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sun and Stars: Saturday 13th October
Carnewas (Bedruthan) 6.30pm til 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.

Geology Rocks!: Monday 22nd October
Bossiney Cove. 10.30am – 12.30pm
Interpret the landscape from a different perspective, with local geology expert Jane Anderson to guide us through the geological history of the area. Wear suitable walking gear and bring binoculars if you have them and a packed lunch. £3 per person. Booking essential as numbers are limited and in case of change of date due to inclement weather on 01208 863046.

Half Term Ranger day: Wednesday 24th October
Bird Box Building at the Tubestation, Polzeath 10am – 2pm
Build a bird box and make a cosy home for our feathery friends. Come to Tubestation above Polzeath Beach between 10am 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
 
Ranger day: Saturday 10th November
Scrub and Spuds at Com Head, Pentire Head 10am – 3pm
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. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk 

Ranger day: Saturday 8th December
Christmas Scrub Bash at Carnweather, Pentire Head 10am – 3pm
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 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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