Thursday, 26 May 2011

Penrose access improvements open and in use - officially !

It's always a good feeling when a plan comes together, even when there is more work to be done. As mentioned before on the blog, we recently completed the 2nd phase of our plans to provide a good quality access route from Helston all the way to Loe Pool.

Over the last few years wev'e been listening to people who use this historic Helston Drive route, and whether they walk, cycle, push a pram or use a wheelchair it's become clear how valuable this route is to the local community.

With another 600 metres on new surface completed, we celebrated reaching beyond the half way mark with an official opening by Helston Town Cllr Sue Swift, in the company of individuals and groups who have been involved in the work. This included members of the local groups who kindly donated the new benches along the route, the Helston Stroke Society and the Helston MS group whose support is really appreciated.

Feedback has been really positive, the work is helping people get out to explore and enjoy the delights of Penrose this Spring, and we are now working away behind the scenes to try and raise funds and support for the next phase - getting us ever closer to our target.

Thanks to everyone who came along to celebrate and whose support and encouragement has helped throughout,in particular to Enid and Gerald Johns,Geoff Squib and everyone at Discover Magazine, Sue Swift and Dennis and Mary Harry.   

If you get the chance come out and test the route for yourself, and here's looking forward to celebrating the completion of another section in the not too distant future !


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Chough Festival

It's ten years since the iconic chough returned to the Lizard to breed in Cornwall.

National Trust staff on the Lizard have been working closely with our colleagues from RSPB and Natural England, and with our farm tenants, to ensure their survival and successful breeding over the past ten years.

Join us on Lizard Green on 18th & 19th June for a weekend of celebrations to mark this very special success story.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

North of the Boarder 2011

Last Saturday (21st May) at Crantock the National Trust presented North of the Boarder junior surf competition, the final stage of the Boarder series. The day started early with the optional beach littler pick, each competitor could add to their first head score by collecting bags of beach litter. 
"The litter pick has been integrated into the competition to raise awareness of beach and marine rubbish problems, this is an issue the Trust has to deal with on a daily basis so it's vital that the next generation of surfers are aware of the problem and play their part in protecting their playground" said Robyn Davies, National Trust Water Sports Co-ordinator and Boarder Series director. 

Heats for all four categories then got under way in challenging conditions as the large tide changed and the Gannel disappeared. Stand out performance of the day came from Peony Knight who took both the girls titles. 

Under14s Finalists

The results were:

Girls Under 14s:
1st Peony Knight
2nd Emily Currie
3rd Kirra Spray
4th Maisie Marshall
Boys Under 14
1st Rhys Barfield
2nd Taz Knight
3rd Ed Smith
4th Max Payne
Girls Under 16 Finalists
Girls Under 16
1st Peony Knight
2nd Emily Currie
3rd Liz Hodson
4th Molly Erskine
Boys Under 16
1st Max payne
2nd Sam Harwood
3rd Ed Smith
4th Taz Knight

Boys Under 16s Finalists
North of the Boarder Finalists

South of the Boarder took place at Poldhu, on the south coast, last month in April. The overall boarder series champion was also crowned at NOTB. Rhys Barfield from the under 14s category took the title with 3500 points after his first place at NOTB and his second at SOTB. Rhys won a weeks accomodation at a surf camp in Morocco as his prize, thanks to Cornish company Pure Blue Water. Well done to all to competitors who took part in the competition and a massive thank you goes out to our series sponsors Gul wetsuits and surf magazines Carve and Surf Girl.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Godrevy Pro Junior

A great weekend was had by all at the Godrevy Pro Junior surf competition, the second pro junior event we've held at Godrevy. This year the Godrevy team and a group of NT colleagues from across the region got together to run the event over two days, with challengingly small waves and strong winds it was particularly tough for competitors this year but the event really did showcase the future of British Surfing well. 

Check out the video shot by Tyson at Godrevy Academy of Surfing (GAS), one of the event sponsors. 

Winner were:

Under 16 Boys:
1st Jobe Harris
2nd Miles Lee Hargreaves
3rd Patrick Daniel
4th Max Payne

Under 18 Girls
1st Tassy Swallow
2nd Emily Currie
3rd Peony Knight
4th Flora Lawton

Under 18 Boys
1st Job Harris
2nd Miles Lee Hargreaves
3rd Harry De Roth
4th Taz Knight

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

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