Monday, 28 January 2013

Students swap the classroom for the field

Geography students from the University of Exeter in Falmouth visited Chyvarloe Farm this morning to find out about Environmental Stewardship and Agri-environment schemes. This was the University's first visit to the farm and we hope many more will follow. Farmer Paul Parfitt took the students on a guided tour of the farmyard to meet the animals (including Boris the prize winning boar) before heading out to the fields.

This little piggie went to market...

Daffodil field with a buffer strip to allow wild flowers
to thrive on the farm
Paul showed the students how he manages the farm following the Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England, for example planting up fallow fields with seed specifically to provide food for farmland birds over winter.

Work is currently ongoing to transform one of the farmyard buildings into an education space to improve the facilities for school and college groups. The work is due to be completed in March and along with Chyvarloe bunkhouse will provide groups with accommodation and a venue to base farm visits around. 

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

WANTED: Your car parks need you!

Have you ever driven into our car parks, been greeted by a member of our team and thought  "I'd like to do that"? Well, now you can. We are advertising for seasonal car park staff to make up our summer team of recruitment and information rangers here on the Lizard, there are positions available at both Kynance, Lizard Point and Gunwalloe. For more information click here

Kynance Cove, one of the locations on offer.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Just a little, but it is definitely SNOW

The rest of the country may have been knee deep in the stuff for a week, but for us this is an unusually wintry scene! This was the view that greeted the guests staying at our Holiday Cottages Ruan and Inglewidden Vean this morning, as the fishermen headed out from Cadgwith Cove  All melted by lunch time though, so not much chance for a snowball fight!


Thursday, 17 January 2013

We're really pleased to announce that the National Trust has granted a tenancy to Rona and Nevil Amiss who are currently farming a small farm in Devon.

We had over 600 downloads of the tenancy details from our website and welcomed a good number of farmers to an open day in the middle of October where they could look around the farm, meet us and members of the Lizard Onions and Courtyard group as well as local representatives from Natural England the NFU and the RSPB. We received more than a dozen applications and in the end interviewed four farmers for the new tenancy.

We are really pleased that Rona and Nevil and their five children will be joining us on the Lizard and we think they will do a fantastic job of looking after Tregullas and working with the community to make the most of what the farm has to offer. They are currently running a successful farm in Devon and are looking to make the progression from what they now do to create a full time mixed farm and home at Tregullas for their family. The principle farm business will be an arable and grass based beef and sheep farm relying on low input systems and good soil management. In addition, an existing duck egg and meat goat business will be transferred to Tregullas and they are keen to explore vegetable growing and small scale poultry enterprises locally.

Rona and Nevil are really keen to work with the groups that were created as part of the consultation and I will be introducing them to these groups in the coming months. In the meantime, Tregullas will be farmed through temporary tenancies until September this year.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Tumbling Rock at Lizard Point

Those down at the Most Southerly Point last Friday would have witnessed an enthralling scene of excitement and danger as tonnes of rock were dislodged and sent careering down the cliff to smash and rumble on the slipway 50m below.

The sustained heavy rain has caused a number of land slips along the lizard coast over the last few months, the most worrying being at Lizard Point. The slip consisted of dozens of tons of rock and occurred on the cliff between the car park and the slipway. As soon as the slip occurred, the area was fenced off and contractors were called in to make the area safe as there was still a lot of loose rock ready to fall.

So last Friday, Simon and Matt from Kernow Maintenance Services (KMS) abseiled down the cliff armed with a crowbar and spade with the aim to dislodge any loose rock in a controlled way and make it safe for the future. It’s a good thing that Simon and Matt aren’t afraid of heights as they were literally hanging by a thread 50m above the slipway levering off rock after rock. They were suspended on their ropes for hours and dislodged several tons in that time, to the excitement of many onlookers.

We're waiting for the verdict of a specialist engineer, but are hoping that we can soon start to reopen the area. Once we're give the all clear, the dislodged stone will be removed and put to good use on walling, footpath and access work. Please in the meantime, keep a safe distance away.

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Thanks for reading!
Ed Walker

Trainee Ranger, Lizard.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A Bumper Year at Lizard Wireless Station

The station equipment in the 1900s, faithfully recreated today
We must say a big thank you to all our dedicated volunteers at the Lizard Wireless Station. As a result of their fantastic efforts 2012 was our busiest ever season, with 3000 visitors popping by to learn more about the fascinating history of these unassuming black huts. The wireless museum, perched high on the cliffs over looking Housel Bay and the Lizard Lighthouse, opened to the public in 2001, in time to celebrate the centenary of the station, which was established by Marconi as an experimental wireless telegraphy site. In January 1901 the station received a message from the Isle of Wight, proving beyond all doubt that the curvature of the earth was no limit to the new technology which was championed by the ambitious young Gugleilmo Marconi. Just 11 months later, nearby Poldhu communicated with Canada, and the world had suddenly shrunk!

Early 1900s- today's mast is not so tall!
The radio station became a holiday chalet after WW2, and the National Trust bought it in a dilapidated state in the mid 1990s, and restored it to its original appearance from period photos. From its beginnings in 2001, the museum has been entirely dependent upon a dedicated band of volunteer stewards, who give their afternoons to opening up the station and sharing its history with visitors. 2012 has been a bumper year, thanks to them. Amongst their ranks are old hands who have been with us since the start, and 5 new recruits who have increased our numbers, allowing us to open up to 6 days per week in summer.

As well as being a busy year for visitors, the station has continued to attract media interest. Radio 6 breakfast DJ Sean Keaveny came to stay in the adjoining holiday cottage 'Wireless Cottage' in the Spring, writing a piece for the Guardian about his adventures in radio history. Listen out for a feature with our volunteer John on Radio 3 this month, about sound, wireless and space travel!

If you've not had a look in, then do stop by to see what's so special about these little huts. We're only open Sundays 1-3pm in winter, weather permitting, but we'll increase our opening from Easter. Wireless Cottage can be rented year round through

Here's to another bumper summer season!


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