Newsletter March 2022

Increasing Forest on the Lizard, and in Helston and Porthleven

Wildlife Groundswell volunteers joined with those from Forest for Helston to help several landowners plant trees on their land during February

200 mixed woodland trees at Crowgey Farm, Ruan Minor, with Jan Hobbs.

Mixed hedgerow trees, protected by Stock Fencing, Treza Vean Farm, Porthleven, with Lizzy and John Griffith.
For more detail from Lizzy see attached article.

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150 trees at Rosuick Farm; Beech, Sweet Chestnut and Aspen

Photo Grace Olivia Bint

Forest for Cornwall is keen to hear of any tree planting and invites us all to contribute to its online map of canopy cover. Forest for Helston is also busy planting and then mapping new trees. All this effort is an attempt to encourage planting in as many suitable places as possible, but we are all agreed it is even more important to conserve the woodland that exists already. In fact, the older the tree, the more valuable it is to wildlife and its recovery.

Simon Miles of the Forest Garden, Budock Water, is a man who just loves plants. His apple tree grafting workshop was also a lesson in how to understand what plants need and how they interact with each other. Thank you, Simon, not just for instructing us on how to graft apple trees, but for drawing our attention to the wonder of flowering, nut bearing and fruit bearing plants. Your enthusiasm was infectious. 

Community Litter Picking

We joined Cornish Seal Sanctuary to pick litter on Poldhu Beach. Thank you to Poldhu Café for the delicious and warming coffee! It was great to have an update from the Seal Sanctuary about the beavers there, which they hope we can view from April. 

February Monthly Sunday Lunch - Lizzy Griffith.On a wet and blustery day we met in the barn at Treza Vean, Porthleven for our monthly lunch.

John had lit a fire which although smoky did cheer up the space.

We shared a convivial lunch of soup and a variety of bring your own fare to share. (Should love to have the recipes as the dishes were so delicious).

Ideas were exchanged from the progression of planning at Helston Down, Hospital Cross, to the discrepancies of councils in allowing planning, from Tinkers Bubble in Somerset to other councils who will not consider alternative sustainable development.

We also discussed the variety of alternative flours available, especially for gluten free diets.


 Litter Picking, Friday 18th March 10.00-11.30am

Meet at Goonhilly car park on the main road near Traboe Crossroads. We will pick the verges walking towards Kuggar. Picking grabbers provided on the day.

Tree Planting, Saturday 26th March 10.00am-12.30pm.

King George V Park, Helston. Planting a hedge next to the Rugby pitch with Forest for Helston Volunteers. Bring a spade or trowel, strong boots, protective gloves and your own refreshments.

Monthly Sunday Lunch, 27th March 12.30-2.00pm. 

Trethewey, St Martin, TR12 6EG

Soup will be provided and please bring a plate of food to share. Bring your own cup, bowl, plate and cutlery. Bring wellies and be prepared to gather outside! 

To confirm a place and request directions please contact Caroline at or phone 07990 885019.

Scything Course Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May, Mullion.

For details please contact Sam Reed – see attached document or click on this link!AoROvjKqhOFCqhHcpqEZVqLNOcvp

Wetland Creation, Saturday 9th July 10.00am-12.30pm

See Nature increasing at some new ponds on Goonhilly Downs - led by Morgan Ravine, Lizard National Nature Reserve Manager, Natural England.


 Community Virtual Tree Nursery - Sam Reed.

This idea was spawned at a recent Sunday lunch event as a way of connecting people who may have surplus young trees to pass on. You may have suckers, self-seeded saplings in the ground, trees in pots you’ve been growing on from seed – or surplus stock purchased you’d like to re-home.

If this is the case please send your contact details to Sam Reed, and I’ll make this information shareable somehow. (You will be consenting to sharing your details, and people on the WG mailing list possibly contacting you.) 

We are purposely starting this idea in quite a low-key way, though we have discussed ways it could become a larger project in the future:- 

  • Encouraging WG members to collect local tree seed to grow greater numbers of locally produced trees at home to share in future years.
  • Sharing surplus wildflowers and other plants from member’s properties.
  • Applying for grants for any equipment required for growing and ultimately planting trees eg compost, root trainers, pots, tree guards, fine chicken wire for rodent prevention - though it would be great if people can recycle pots, tetra packs etc as much as possible. Homemade leaf mould mixed 50/50 with horticultural grit is great for starting off /stratifying seed.
  • If we managed to produce a lot of trees going into the future, we could look at purchasing a label printer to create a provenance for where the seed was collected etc to help with Biosecurity.

I’ve added attached useful documents from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website. . For anyone interested in collecting seed and unsure how to get them started, there’s a great article in Wild Cornwall Summer 2020 p14, I’m happy to copy and share that too.

Nansloe Woodland Creation Open Day, Saturday April 2nd 3-6pm

The Old Cattle Market, Helston TR13 0SR. The National Trust will share their plans to restore 6 hectares of land on the Outskirts of Helston.

Wildlife Groundswell Booklist

Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn -recommended by Belinda Evans

Flyn brings together some of the most desolate, eerie, ravaged and polluted areas in the world - and shows how, against all odds, they can offer remarkable opportunities for environmental recovery.

The Tree Line by Ben Rawlence - recommended by Maggie Freegard

Also featured on Radio 4’s Book of the Week starting 14th February 2022. A page turning book about the Boreal Forest, how it is changing, and the implications for the future of life on Earth. 

Trespass by Nick Hayes - recommended by Sam Reed

This book encompasses a vast sweep of events and ideas that have developed the English concept of land ownership and access. Going far beyond 'Right to Roam' issues it covers changes in way land has been owned, used and inherited since 1066, through such topics as enclosure, slavery, blood sports and many more. Uncomfortable reading for many depending on one's politics, (and possibly the number of acres you own!) I found it a fascinating read and it has helped me assimilate some of the contradictory feelings I have developed growing up in the countryside in a non-landowning family.

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