June at Trelissick

The countryside team of rangers and volunteers have been busy over the last month with a variety of different projects: The railings running down the steps from the South woodland walk, toward the King Harry Ferry, have recently been replaced with a sturdy new set. This ‘post and rail’ style fencing was milled out of…

Turnaware regatta 2015

Last Saturday 30th May, Truro River Rowing Club (TRRC) held the annual regatta at Turnaware Point, opposite the historic Trelissick Estate. The event was a great success, attended by several hundred competitors and spectators who all enjoyed the fantastic racing and lovely weather. Despite the sunshine, strong southerly winds made for challenging racing conditions. Many clubs…

Planting the first plums at Tregew Community orchard

  Last week, the countryside team of staff and volunteers planted the first six Kea plum trees in our new community orchard project at Tregew, on the Trelissick estate. Tree cages, to protect the young saplings, were constructed from chestnut, a type of wood known to be extremely durable out in the countryside owing to its high content of tannic acid. These…

Gorse management on Rosemullion Head

Gorse is the much-loved, emblematic flower of Cornwall and there are two species to be found in and around the county –  Western gorse [Ulex galii] and Common or European Gorse [Ulex europaeus]. It is a well known flowering plant that provides many important services to the ecosystem: As a member of the pea family [Fabaceae], it fixes nitrogen in the soil, whilst its often impenetrable, prickly…