The New Year and colder(ish) weather means that now is the time for us rangers to resume our annual forestry work. Carrying on from where we left off at the tail-end of last winter, we shall be continuing our traditional coppicing and thinning along Lamouth Creek, near Roundwood Quay.
If you are a regular reader, you know the score – we aim to favour our sessile oaks (a distinctive feature of the creek) and develop a thick understory of hazel, field maple and lime coppice. The narrow strip of woodland we are working in was densely planted approximately 25 years ago and is now being thinned to allow selected trees to mature whilst others are coppiced to provide habitat and structural diversity.
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Whilst the masses might pour through the main gates and out into the spectacular panorama of the Trelissick parkland, there are some intrepid explorers who make it their business to seek out the quieter corners of the estate. These inquisitive pilgrims might well know the hushful, wildlife-friendly fields to be found at Tregew, with their picturesque views over Cowlands Creek and the village of Coombe on one side, and oak-fringed Lamouth Creek on the other.
If you aren’t familiar, this article can serve as an introduction and maybe even tempt you to come and take a look at a different side of Trelissick….
The countryside team receive a fair degree of questioning about our management – or perceived lack of it – by visitors who are possibly not accustomed to walking in fields managed to enhance…
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This is Lanhydrock House and Estate situated not far from Bodmin. It is owned and managed by the National Trust, and one of the biggest in Cornwall. If you plan to visit please allow a good 4 hours from arriving as there is a vast amount of rooms and outside gardens and church to see.
On entering there is a café which offers light snacks and drinks before you head off down the long driveway towards the main entrance. For those needing a lift there is a little electric buggy that ferrys people up and down so don’t worry.
In the house itself there are always volunteers on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Robarts family and the general history of Lanhydrock.
The kitchens for me are always my favourite area to visit as it takes you right back with authentic looking displays of anything from cheese to cakes, bread, meat, and all the cooking utensils , a chrome oven, a massive spit oven also graces the main working kitchen.
There is a second floor which doesn’t have a lift so maybe not suitable to those in a wheelchair or pram.
Dog walkers are very welcome too, as there is a lovely walk from Respryn all around and overlooking parts of the River Fowey, if your lucky the odd heron can be seen. If you do the circular walk from Respryn car park it will bring you into the stables area where you can sit outside with a nice cup of tea and scones,or there are ice creams available as well.