West Pentire Wows

 

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A little earlier than some years, the warm Spring has brought forward the flowering of the poppies at West Pentire. As photographed here, some of the fallow plots already have incredible displays of common poppy, with corn marigolds starting to bloom too. We manage the arable fields here specifically as a wildflower reserve and the land is not commercially farmed. Careful planning and a rotational system of ploughing and cultivating helps ensure that the huge numbers of cornfield annuals that occur here, with dozens of rare species amongst them, come back every year. Hopefully this week’s rather more hostile weather won’t spoil the show too much, but now and for the next few weeks will be the time to go and witness this spectacle. Please help us with our conservation of the site by staying on the main paths and field margins rather than trampling the plants for a closer look.              West Pentire headland can be found beyond the village of Crantock just south of Newquay.

Mike – Lead Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell

Marine Discovery Day 2017

Thursday 1 June saw Polzeath beach occupied by more than just holiday makers enjoying the half-term sunshine; several marquees dotted the beach for the annual Marine Discovery Day. This day seeks to inform and educate the public about the sea which is so much a part of life down here on the Cornish coast. Along with the National Trust, other groups included Surfers Against Sewage, Your Shore Beach Rangers, Fathoms Free, Cornwall Seal Group and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group among others.

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In the Trust stall we had a few activities, including our ever popular wildlife quiz, where both children and adults had two minutes to test their knowledge on coastal plants and animals. It’s always fascinating to see the range of knowledge among people (with the children often outperforming the adults!) but everyone left knowing a little more than before they started.

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Another popular activity was the driftwood art in which children of all ages were able to paint and glue what they wished onto a driftwood board, tied with some washed-up beach rope so they can display it proudly at home. This proved so popular that by midday we had run out of boards and were forced to move onto driftwood sticks, which also proved popular, while a colleague quickly ran back to the office to gather up some more boards!

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However, the highlight of the day was the sand sculpture competition. Although supposed to start at 1pm, people were so eager that we allowed them to start early. What is so amazing about this event is the level of creativity and passion everyone brings to it. While walking round you overheard some of the proposed plans and ideas people had as a sculpture idea, and couldn’t help but think some of them were too ambitious. But coming back a little while later it was clear to see that people were attempting and succeeding in bringing their creations to life.

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Next came what had to be the most difficult part of the day: judging. Bringing together a couple of people from the other stalls, it was up to us to whittle down and sort the entries into a first, second and third; not an easy task with the high standard of sculptures! The judges pondered and deliberated but after a tense discussion, we had made our decision. And so here are the winning entries.

3rd: Moana.  Chosen not only for the intricacy and level of detail in the sculpture, but also for the message of female empowerment and ocean conservation it brings.

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2nd: Giant shore crab. Chosen for the sheer scale of the piece. As can be seen in the photo, the sculpture was an impressively sized piece, and the level of effort that went into creating it impressed the judges.

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1st: Seal rock. Although not as grand in scale as the previous entry; the design of the piece, incorporating multiple seals, stood out from the other entries. What really secured this piece in first place was the moving story from the young girl who created it. She was absolutely taken with seals, having a room full of cuddly seals back home. Earlier in the week she had gone out on a boat trip and saw seals on an island, so when it came to creating a sculpture she knew exactly what she was going to make. This passion for wildlife, particularly coastal species, is exactly what the spirit of Marine Discovery Day is all about, and resonated with all the judges present, making it the winning entry.

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Unfortunately not everyone can be a winner, but the judges were impressed by all the entries and so below you’ll find a couple of honourable mentions.

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And so we are finished for another year. Hopefully we can make next years’ event bigger and better and we look forward to seeing what new sculptures will grace the beach! We hope everyone this year had as much fun as we did!

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Gareth Juleff

Assistant Ranger

Tintagel to Holywell

Come and join us in Boscastle!

Come and join us! In addition to our recent recruitment, we now have a rare opportunity to join us as a regular part time annualised member of the team at the #Boscastle #NT cafe, with hours all year round.

We are getting busier and busier, so need even more hands to help in all aspects of looking after and running the cafe with us. For all the job details and where to apply, head over to the NT jobs place and look for ref IRC51780

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Would you like to work in Boscastle?

We’re looking for Catering Assistants for our Boscastle cafe for the 2017 summer season, and beyond…
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With your love of working with people, positive attitude and desire to provide an excellent service, you’ll welcome and look after every customer who visits our catering outlet, in this predominately front of house role. Using your excellent attention to detail, you’ll ensure all signage is displayed correctly and the food served looks delicious.

As a key member of our busy catering team, you may also be required to help prepare some of our food in the kitchen. In whatever role you are fulfilling within your catering outlet, the National Trust values will always be at the forefront of your mind, and you’ll be proud to share our good work with our customers, and look to maximise sales so that the profit can be reinvested back into our conservation work.

Working as part of our team, you will enjoy being paid to work in one of the most beautiful locations in the country and will be part of preserving the future of this stunning county.

This role is based at Boscastle harbourside café at the heart of the harbour.

To find out more information about this job opportunity and to apply, please visit our recruitment page at > NTjobs <

Trevose

Many of you will have been following the fundraising campaign that was set up to help purchase Trevose Head, a very prominent coastal headland in north Cornwall. The purchase is now complete and in the late summer Trevose officially passed into our ownership and will now be protected for ever.

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The next steps for us is to focus on creating habitats for nature that are bigger, better and more joined up, and Trevose Head sits in an ideal position to fulfil this potential. We are also removing the multitude of signs that warn of car parking restrictions now that National Trust members have free parking which is included in the membership price, as well as the signs that warn you not to cross any fields! As these go we’ll be busily planning new signs giving information about the area. There are old farm buildings to consider, repair of existing paths, planning improved access and creating a warm welcome. We also need to think about how we will manage car parking, and also consider how we manage the ragwort! We are going to have a busy time ahead!

The impact of our fundraising and publicity has been amazing, helped along by fantastic media coverage in local and national press. The Trevose page on the National Trust website has had 10,000 views to date and our Crowdfunder video had a total of 24,000 views with 3178 people that looked at the Crowdfunder page. From the foundation of two substantial legacies from Mr Scholes and Mr and Mrs Harris, who left money in their wills, since July we have raised a staggering £265,000 including gift aid, exceeding our target of £250,000. Donations are still coming in, including a gift from local celebrity Rick Stein who has a strong personal connection to Trevose. We also had some awesome support from West Dorset Ranger, Rowan Thompson who made a sterling effort to swim around Brownsea Island raising £500 towards the campaign. Well done and thank you Rowan!

A big thank you to everyone that has got behind and supported the campaign so far and if you haven’t visited Trevose already you’re welcome to do so. You can then see first-hand how Trevose will get even better over time.

Adopt a Footpath – New volunteer role now available…

We have just advertised for a new volunteer role on the National Trust MyVolunteering website.

The new role is Volunteer Footpath Ranger for North Cornwall (specifically the coast between Tintagel and Holywell. “And what does this involve?” I hear you say.

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The Background

Well… here in the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team, we look after over 50 miles of public rights of way and 6 miles of permissive footpaths. With the recent acquisition of Trevose Head, the mileage of footpath that we care for has shot up again!

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A freshly scraped drain overlooking the secluded Porth Mear beach and valley

All of these footpaths take a great deal of looking after, especially through the winter with extra helpings of wind and rain.

The Role

With this in mind, we are offering people the opportunity to get involved with making sure these walking routes remain in top condition, by adopting a section of footpath, and helping us look after it.

In this case though, adoption is more hands on. We’re asking for volunteers to carry out regular (every month or two) checks, reporting any problems, clearing out some drains and chopping the odd bramble. What could be better, a valid reason to get out and walk the coast path every month and at the same time you’re doing your bit to look after this valuable resource for everyone.

It could be your favorite stretch of coast path or just a length of footpath close to where you live. We’ll kit you out with a spade and secateurs, give you all the training you might need and set you off.

We’re hoping to build a team of Volunteer Footpath rangers, so there will be the opportunity to meet other people but also it will be possible to volunteer when you want and for as long as you want.

The Requirements

  • Some free time (not after dark!)
  • Your own transport to get you to your footpath.
  • Fit enough to walk a stretch of footpath and do minor maintenance (no experience nessecary though)
  • Willing to commit to a monthly (or every other month) patrol for a minimum of a year. This is the ideal time commitment, although there is no obligation.
  • Live within 20 miles of the stretch of footpath you would like to look after.
  • Enthusiasm, willingness to get stuck in
  • Desire to volunteer for a charity
  • Happy to work by yourself or enlist the company of a friend!

Benefits

  • Volunteering for a good cause
  • Helping others enjoy the footpaths
  • Training and learning new skills
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses.
  • Improving your fitness
  • Getting out in the fresh air and sea breezes
  • Meeting new people

Footpaths up for adoption

National Trust land in North Cornwall can often be grouped into clusters. In each of the following areas, there will be sections of footpath up for adoption. If you live nearby or have a particular area you love walking in, let us know.

  • Tintagel
  • Trebarwith Strand
  • Tregardock and Dannonchapel
  • Pentire Head to Port Quin
  • Trevose Head
  • Porthcothan and Park Head
  • Holywell, Polly Joke, Crantock

Get in touch

If the idea of becoming a Volunteer Footpath Ranger  and adopting a footpath intrigues and you want to find out more, please get in touch with Tom Sparkes by calling 01208 863821 or emailing tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

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A finer spot for footpath maintenance couldn’t be found! Looking out towards Stepper Point and Trevose Head on a hot day in June.