Scots Pine on the South Woodland Walk

The exceptional storms and rain over recent months have taken their toll on the trees at Trelissick. The sodden ground has loosened its grip on the root structures of our trees, particularly in the case of the shallow roots of conifers. Consequently, National Trust staff and volunteer crews have been frequently called to clear fallen or…

Winter

Apologies for the lack of blog material, the wet weather has made me reluctant to take my camera out and this blog has fallen by the wayside for a while. The wet and mild weather has been causing us a few problems with washed out paths and flooded fields, but our most significant loss happened…

Burning Man

The Ranger team at Trelissick celebrated the turning of the year at the Autumn Equinox by creating a 25 foot wicker and bamboo sculpture. The wicker man was set out in the River Fal at low tide then left to be surrounded by the incoming tide and set alight to the sound of bagpipes, fiddles…

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.

Turnaware Regatta

The sun came out for a lovely day at Turnaware Point for the Penryn Rowing Club Regatta last weekend. A cold north westerly wind made rowing conditions challenging. Clubs from around the county, including many juniors, competed in flash boats and skiffs throughout the afternoon. Flash boats are traditional Cornish racing boats, based on a…

Muddy Ducks

Lamouth Creek on the north side of the estate is a great place to observe wildfowl, especially at low tide. The other day I was walking along the north woodland walk where the creek was busy with many different species of birds feeding on the wide variety of molluscs and invertibrates which live in inter-tidal mud. The…

Life on the Carrick Roads

Great Northern Diver   Out on the Carrick Roads recently, in front of Trelissick park below Turnaware Point, I caught a glimpse of four Great Northern Divers or ‘Loons’ and a couple of Mergansers. Both these species come into the estuary for feeding and protection in winter. The Divers are usually further out to sea…

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…

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…

From Woodland to Water

The Trelissick estate has archaelogical evidence dating back to the Bronze Age including an incredibly important promontory fort at Roundwood where hide-skin boats would have been part of the everyday scene in Iron Age times. As part of a project to interpret the traditional management of the creekside woodlands along the Fal, we are building…

Step back in time to Roundwood

Saturday 27th October, 10am to 1pm Step back through three thousand years of Cornish history from 18th century landscape park back to Bronze age on this steady walk with some sloping paths. Walk around the beautiful estate of Trelissick with Head Ranger, Neil Stevenson, and find out more about this special place. Have a go at…