Visit by the Sea Scouts

Last weekend 43 scouts and leaders from the 18th Truro Sea Scouts camped over at Pill Farm for a weekend of conservation work and activities. Their task was to clear scrub and brambles from around an old pump house and spring on the site of the old medieval farm at Pill. They did a fantastic…

Mending Cornish Hedges

A lot of National Trust pasture land is rented to local farmers for stock grazing. However cattle and sheep can be very destructive to boundary walls and fences. Sheep, who can vault Cornish hedges, progressively knock the top stones from the wall, gradually reducing the hedge height allowing the rest of the flock to follow….

Family Woodworking

Dave held another busy woodworking day with a large group. It was great to see everyone involved. These are held most Saturdays, but can be weather dependent, please check the website, or phone Property Office, for details. “Brilliant demonstration. The green woodworking was really interesting and the friendly demonstrator connected especially well with the children. Great…

The new log store

Over the last few weeks the volunteer team has been helping with a new structure at Pill Farm, and we recently finished cladding the framework.  Throughout the year we produce logs from fallen and thinned trees which are supplied to the five holiday cottages on the Trelissick estate. Steve, volunteer

Bodging in the Parkland

Dave has had several very successful Saturdays in the park, teaching woodwork to family groups. Last weekend there was a family that ranged from a babe-in-arms to the 90 year old grandfather who was really pleased to show his grandchildren the skills he had learned 70 years before.

Local wildlife

While putting the pigs away the other night I heard a commotion in the Wash Room and against the window there was a sparrowhawk trapped. Fortunately she was easy enough to catch and the stunning little bird was released to the darkness, but not before I’d taken a picture. I recently saw a harvest mouse…

Trelissick 10k Run

The 10k multi-terrain series run took place on Saturday 25th August after torrential rain during the day. The clouds parted for a field of 209 runners competing over a challenging cross-country course around the Trelissick estate. The race was won by a very talented Scottish fell runner with a lead of 3 minutes over a very…

Exotic Species spotted at Pill

A German film crew descended on Pill Farm with a host of exotic species including meerkats, tortoises and bearded dragons. They were filming a sequence for a new Rosamunde Pilcher drama.