National Trust rangers and volunteers have recently placed secret cameras to capture the activity of a group of otters at Penrose on the Lizard. The conservation charity is now hoping that the camera footage will prove that the otter population is starting to make a return to the area.
Cotehele’s annual tradition of building a 60ft Christmas garland made up of thousands of flowers grown on the estate is turning 60 years old, and the team at the National Trust House and garden are celebrating.
In honour of its diamond year, the gardeners have been sowing secret plans all year to give it a new look, which today was revealed.
In April the resident wild falcons were sat on 4 eggs on a ledge on a long-disused slate quarry, this marks the pairs 6th nesting year. In May the 4 chicks hatched, although unfortunately just a few weeks later 2 had disappeared from the nest with only a female and a male chick remaining.
After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country.
When they are finished, they will have created a 60 foot garland overhead containing 34,000 flowers plus a 40 foot extension around the east doorway with another 12,000 flowers, all grown and dried on the estate.
In recognition of the outstanding contribution that volunteers have made to the conservation, maintenance and presentation of the Holnicote Estate, the Rohan Country Store in Dunster have once again generously sponsored every volunteer who has completed more than 50 hours of countryside conservation work during the past year. Continue reading…