New steps at Lamouth Creek

The volunteers have done a fantastic job replacing steps along Lamouth creek using granite and local hedging stone. This provides access to the foreshore along Lamouth creek where the previous steps had been eroded. Hopefully these large granite blocks will hold in position and stabilise the bank. Advertisements

Mr Potatohead

Bodgers’ Copse saw the ever enthusiastic volunteer group from Tremough campus last Saturday. As well as repairing the damaged shave horses and pole lathes, the group dived into activity. They helped to clear mud-festooned paths, out-grown tree guards and giving the willow dome a short back & sides. Then on to the serious task of…

Coppicing around the North Woodland Walk

The weather of recent weeks and the Christmas break has hampered our ability to get on with activities outside. However, the rain has finally eased up for a while. So with a full volunteer team and Len, the seasonal woodsman, we got out on the North Woodland Walk at Trelissick, to coppice a section of the…

Dark Ages Illuminated

Over the past few months, together with the invaluable help of many volunteers, I’ve been unravelling the mysterious and ancient art of currach construction, using materials sourced from the Trelissick estate. The process has been fantastically enjoyable and a lot has been learned about the use of traditional materials, including hazel, chestnut laths, Stockholm tar, jute…

The importance of leaf clearance

Our volunteer team have been helping to clear autumn leaves  along the north and south woodland walks at Trelissick. Visitors often ask why this is necessary.  As leaves collect on the path and are compacted by foot traffic this can lead to the degradation of the path which will then require repairs. Clearing the leaves…

Reaching the summit

Although the weather could have been kinder, work has continued apace. The obtuse angles created by the strings as they went around the turn, midway up the ascent caused a few problems. However, careful thought and the skill of Marc, our carpenter and chief designer, finally produced a continuous run on the strings, to which…

A step nearer to completion

Because these steps are very close to the cliff edge, digging in twelve securing posts has been really hard work. Each post needed to be sunk nearly a metre deep to prevent the steps sinking, which had happened to the previous set.  Under one hole we hit substantial bedrock, however with a great effort by…

Building on our expertise

Following our success with the construction of the Mawnan steps, the team has taken on the replacement of another set of steps further along the coast path at Durgan. Unlike our previous work, these steps consists of two timber sections with a 45 degree dogleg in the middle, plus a top section of stone risers…

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….

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

Steps at Mawnan Completed!

Four days into the work the top step was put into place. The weather had been unusually kind to the construction team, allowing good progress to be made in laying the remainder of the 17 steps below the top one. With two treaders forming each step, another 34 needed to be inserted to complete the steps….

Trelissick 10k Run

 A 10k Run at the Trelissick Estate on Saturday 25th August at  6.30pm with a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run at 5.30pm                                                             Enjoy incredible scenery in this mainly off – road trail run. Call or e-mail Matt for an application form on 01208 265277  or e-mail: matthew.lewis@nationaltrust.org.uk for details Visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanyhdrock We also need volunteers to help with marshalling this…