We hope everyone has been out and about enjoying the cold crisp winter sunshine over the last few days, a bit of a change from the heavy rain! The Lizard didn’t escape the recent extreme weather that caused major flooding across the south west, and over the last couple of weeks National Trust staff and volunteers have been out and about checking and dealing with dangerous trees, blocked drains and damaged footpaths.
With the help of contractors, damaged and hung up trees in the woods at Tremayne have been cleared so they are no longer a danger to walkers. This has had the added bonus of providing lots of firewood!
On the footpaths around Poltesco, Church Cove, Tremayne and Lizard the water running down the paths was too much for the drains, and a lot of stone and sediment was dislodged leaving waterlogged paths with lots of holes, but the worst of it is now sorted with freshly rodded drains, replaced stone and some new culverts!
Perhaps the most dramatic and urgent of the storm damage was structural dammage to the coast path around Lizard and Inglewidden. There has been a significant landslip above Polpeor Cove where we have cordoned off a section of the road. We also temporarily diverted the coast path behind the Devil’s Frying Pan last week due to a crack that appeared in the path. However, yesterday a geologist inspected the site and said that the path there was not in danger of subsiding so it has now been reopened.
We’ll keep a close eye on all these sites over the winter, but if anyone has any questions or information or would like to find out about any of our work in the area, give us a call on 01326 291174.