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It's not scrap at the Scrap store
A volunteer, Susan, working on a large daisy made of soap for the Royal Cornwall show It seems silly, doesn't it, that you have to throw potentially useful things away. You know the type of thing, that really useful object that you've been hanging on to for some rainy day occasion. Some gadget, sprocket, piece off the hoover that you don't use, but you save "lust in case Wouldn't it be marvelous, you think, if there was someway all those useful but useless things could be of genuine use to someone. Well now there is!
It's called a Scrap store and it makes use of things that normally end up in land-fill sites. There are now more than sixty Scrap stores around the country.
Cornwall's Scrap stores has been running for more than two years and is situated at St. Columb Road, just off the A30 near Indian Queens.
The St. Columb Road Scrap store acts as a central collecting and distribution point for scrap materials (mostly from industry), such as wood, plastic, fabric, metal, card, paper~ thread, etc.
The Scrap store runs a membership to non-profit making organizations. such as schools, playgroups, youth clubs, etc. and once an organization has joined, materials are free.
The Scrap store also holds regular workshops for those working with children to help extend ideas for using materials and recycling.
The materials which the Scrap store offers helps cut costs and allows more scope for experimentation.
Reusing waste materials in this way can mean that costly land-till sites arc reduced and waste disposal minimized. With the increased emphasis on recycling and the current ethos of environmental friendliness it makes good sense to re-use the resources we already have.
If you could make use of this valuable resource. or have something to donate, you can ring for more in formation on 01726 861166, or call in at St. Columb Road Scrap store. St. Francis Road. St. Columb Road TR9 6QG.
Cornwall County Council Land
Consultation - an integral part of the strategy
Cornwall has more recorded derelict land than any other county in England. The need to tackle problems associated with its industrial past has been appreciated by Government and local authorities for some time.
Cornwall is, however, proud of its heritage which includes a diverse ecology, an internationally renowned coastline and the most comprehensive 18-19th century metalliferous mining landscape in the country. To ensure that environmental issues are considered an integral part of the reclamation process, the Cornwall Archeological Unit, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, The National Trust and the Trevithick Trust have been consulted on a regular basis throughout the development of the council strategy.
The main aims are;
1. To enhance economic and employment potential.
2. To preserve and enhane industrial heritage.
3. To improve environmental quality.
4. To create and enhance facilities for public recreation and leisure.
Recycling... Recycling... Recycling... Recycling
Every year we produce 26 million tonnes of waste most of which goes to landfill. We create the waste and share a responsibility for its disposal. All too often we are only concerned about its collection; the disposal and effect on the environment is a secondary consideration. Making a difference starts at home, begin home composting and sorting your waste for recycling.
Yesterday was not too early,
Tomorrow may be a little too late
Do not miss the opportunity to help the amount of waste being disposed of to landfill.
Apply for your free Rotol Compost Converter.
Convert your Organic Waste into compost.
Use the Local Authority recycling Banks, One Stop Recycling Scheme
House to House Collection
If you become fully involved in recycling, there should be little in your sack for disposal.
For further details contact Martin Lake, Recycling Officer
Tel: 01872 224371 Carrack District Council
Agenda 21 - North Cornwall District Council
Ensuring a Future for Cornwall Local Authorities in Co-operation
Efficient use of resources and minimisation of waste.
Minimising pollution to safe levels.
Protection of diversity of nature.
Meeting local needs locally.
Accessability to good food, water, shelter and fuel at reasonable cost.
Opportunity to do satisfying work in diverse economy.
The value of unpaid work. Payments for work being fair and fairly distributed.
Protection of health through safe, clean pleasant environments.
Access to facilities/services/goods/each other not at the expense of environment or only for car users.
Eliminating fear of personal violence from crime or persecution because of their personal beliefs, race, gender or sexuality.
Equality of access to skills / knowledge / information to enable a full part to be played in society.
All sections of the community are empowered to participate in decision making.
Cultural/leisure/recreation available to all.
Places/spaces/objects combine meaning/beauty/utility. Settlements are 'human' in scale and form.
Diversity and local distinctiveness are valued and protected.
Are any of these important to you?
Do you feel strongly about safeguarding them for the future of Cornwall?
The Cornish Local Authorities do. We want to hear from you. Get in touch before it,s too late.
Local Authority .... LA2I Coordinator .... Telephone
Penwith DC .... Andy Tanner .... 01736 362341 .... EXT 5264
Kerrier DC .... Barrie Trevena ....01209 614000 .... EXT 4337
Carrick DC .... Lynn Carter .... 01872 224372
Restormel BC.... Catherine Cook ....01726 74466 .... EXT 2204
Caradon DC .... Mark Baker.... 01579 341379
North Cornwall DC .... Mike Roberts 01208 815073 .... EXT 523
Wildlife & Countryside in North Cornwall
The District Council, through its Heritage Coast and Countryside Service, is committed to ensuring that the diversity of species h il)lt its landscapes and features (~f distinctiveness which arc so special here are sustained and enhanced in North Cornwall.
The Service not only manage District Council land directly for this purpose, such as the Bodmin Beacon and Bode Marshes Local Nature Reserves, the Polzeath Voluntary Marine Wildlife Area and the Prince of Wales Quarry 'site but it also advises other landowners on how best to manage their land for environmental benefit.
This is done through schemes such as MAFF's Countryside Stewardship the Forestry Commission's Broad leaved Woodland Grant Scheme and English Nature's Wildlife Enhancement Scheme.
The Service sees as a priority the provision of information about the special nature of the District's coast and countryside. This is relevant for visitors and locals alike.
Therefore we have produced a wide range of leaflets and guides postcards and outdoor information hoards as well as developed a number of Visitor Centers and information brochures such as the extensively distributed newspaper, Coast Lines. These publications are widely available and you can get a catalogue from the Boscastle Visitor Center, (01840) 250010 or better still, why not drop in.
The District Council is committed to the principles of Agenda 21 and much of the work of the Service is relevant to it. But there are many other areas in which the Council seeks to reduce environmental impact such as recycling, and sympathetic development.
Recently guidelines have been produced to encourage developers to consider opportunities for accommodating Barn Owls, bats, Swallows, Swifts and House Martins, also the Council has recently recommended that companies submitting new proposals for telecommunications masts should consult with the Hawk and Owl Trust to look into possibilities for placing nest boxes on them, as has been done elsewhere.
If you would like further details about the range of work the Council and its Heritage Coast and Countryside Service undertakes to conserve the natural assets of the District, call Charlie David on Bodmin (01208) 261239.
The Mineral Tramways Project
Increasing awareness of historic mining sites
The overall aim of the Mineral Tramways Project is to increase public awareness of the value of historic mining sites, within the area from Truro in the east to Troon and Camborne in the west, and to make them more publicly accessible.
The vision is to create a network of recreational trails following, wherever possible, the lines of abandoned mineral tram ways and railways, thereby connecting mine sites to mineral harbours and the principal mining settlements.
A network of more than) thirty miles of trails (much of it available for cycles) will link Portreath to Devoran and run from Twelveheads across to The Great Flat Lode Area below Cam Brea. Other trails will eventually link Redruth and Pool with Portreath.
The trail will be part of the Millennium Cycle Trail - The Cornish Way - Integral to the trail network arc the mine site which the mineral tramways served. It has been possible through the Land Reclamation Programme for local authorities to purchase mine sites. Shaft capping and other safety works are carried out and all the historic mm buildings arc being consolidated.
For further details telephone: Mineral Tramways project. 01209 613980. Working with partners including Kerrier District Council, English Partnerships has made a substantial investment of over £3m in mineral tramways to date. English Partnerships' funding has been used for land reclamation work, including consolidation of engine houses, renovation of other important buildings and mine shaft capping.
They are also working with Carrick District Council at the Poldice Valley, St. Day, which forms part of Mineral Tramways. The valley covers 37 ha and has been designated a site of great historic value, but is currently derelict suffering from soil contamination and unsafe mining structures. English Partnerships is funding £470,000 of reclamation work to address the dereliction there.
The Director's Carriage, from about 1810, used to transport VIPs on the Portreath to Poldice tramroad, currently on display in the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Smoke free Cornwall
Why is a Charter needed?
Raging gale. or a gentle breeze, Cornish air is clean and wholesome. It does you good. Or does it?
Too many places where people gather are stale with cigarette smoke. Offices and shops, buses, cafes and restaurants are too often smelly and unpleasant.
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly we all have the right to work in premises free of tobacco smoke.
In public places and on public transport we have the right to breathe fresh air, unpolluted by smoking.
There is increasing public demand for more areas to be smoke free. People want a healthy environment in which to work or relax.
We are all more aware, today. of the health problems that arise if we ourselves smoke. We have the right as well as the need to know about the dangers to our health of smoking and passive smoking.
Those who enjoy smoking have every right to continue doing so - providing they do not affect the rights of non-smokers.
The Smoke-free Charter for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been launched to emphasise the importance for everyone of a healthy, smoke free environment; to encourage companies and organizations to work to a common purpose'. to raise public awareness of smoking issues and recognize the individual's rights to knowledge about smoking and protection from smoky environments.
The Lizard Countryside Centre
If you are planning a visit to the Lizard Peninsula. try the Countryside Centre first to find out about this unique and beautiful area of Cornwall. The Centre opened in May 1996 and its development was Coordinated by the Lizard Peninsula Countryside Service (Cornwall County Council), working closely with the Trelowarren Fstate which now manages it.
The Centre occupies a converted stable block in the old stableyard at Trelowarren. in the heart of the Peninsula.
The Lizard Countryside Centre has a large display of information about various aspects of the Peninsula. such as geology, land use and wildlife. There are separate. low-level display boards for children. with a footprint trail to follow. You can use the interactive touch screen television to find out more about the subjects of your choice.
There is so an informative video on the Helford River and its wildlife, made by the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area Group. You will find a stunning display of minerals from the Peninsula, as well as a Tourist Information Kiosk, and a Countryside Gift Shop which includes books on wildlife and the local area. Admission to the Countryside Centre is free.
Opening times: Whitsun to end of September, daily 11am - 5pm; Easter to Whitsun and October, closed Mondays; November to Easter. closed. Also at Trelowarren are a Pistro, Potter and Weaving Studio, Art Galleries, Cornwall Crafts Association Gallery. Plant Nursery. Woodland Walk. Iron-Age Fogan. Trelowarren House is open for guided tours on Wednesdays and Bank Holidays.
For more information contact:
The Lizard Countryside Centre,
Trelowarren, Mawgan. Helston,
Cornwall TRI2 6AF. Telephone:
Mullion Cove and Coast
A village for the 21st century
The Cornish village of Mullion is moving forward rapidly towards the 21St century, coping, like so many others, with the conflicts imposed by modern living and a desire to retain old Cornish values and traditions.
Mullion is the largest village in Cornwall, with a resident population of over 2000, and has managed to move with the times. Its Association of Commerce provides a focus for local businesses and the community now has more facilities than many towns. Traditional village grocers' shops and Post Office are accompanied by a pharmacy, bakers', printers', electrical goods, gifts, fashions, off-licence, solicitor, estate agent, builders' merchant, banks, art galleries, restaurants, two inns, hotel, guest houses, residential homes, a wealth of tradesmen and a working harbour.
Just as other villages and towns are reeling under an economic recession and out-of-town shopping areas, Mullion has felt the effects but is successfully fighting back. Additionally, the fire station. Coastguard Centre and beach lifeguards, each operated by local volunteers, and a park complement a thriving village.
By any standards Mullion is also a busy community, offering something for everyone. The churches, Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic, all offer their special pastoral and social care, including Sunday Schools, youth and adult groups and St. Mellanus bell-ringing group, hand-bell ringers. interdenominational choir and flower festival.
Three main social venues host a multitude of groups and meetings: the Women's Institute, always a hive of activity, Methodist schoolroom and Royal British Legion Hall. Well-supported groups include the Old Cornwall Society, the Horticultural Society, the Monday Club and Evergreens. Events range from slides, talks. outings, bingo, whist drives, jumble sales, auctions, raffles, sponsored walks, pancake racing, coffee mornings, lunches and teas. Add to this the Mullion Creative Arts Society, which encourages local artists and a Christmas Lights Committee that brings great seasonal pleasure to all, and the extent of Mullion's social interaction can be seen. Much of this everyday village activity reflects a caring community. It is estimated that well over £20,000 is raised annually within the village for various charities. There are thriving groups such as Cancer Research Campaign, Arthritis and Rheumatism Care. Also the R.N.L.I. who, along with the two village inns and schools, raise money for their own or designated charities. It is worth noting that since its inception, Mullion Cancer Research Campaign Committee has raised over £60,000.
The Lizard Peninsula
Internationally important grassland
Cornwall County Council's Countryside Service tbr the Lizard Peninsula was established in 1991. Environmentally, the Peninsula is one of the most important protected areas in Britain, with unique coastal grassland plant communities and heathland. The Service seeks to encourage a balance between the needs of people living in and visiting the Peninsula and the environment. The Countryside Officer, Dave Lewis, works with other organisations (local and national), groups and individuals to identify and carry out projects to maintain, enhance and promote this balance.
Tourism is an important part of the local economy, with more than 200,000 people visiting Lizard Point alone. The Lizard and Meneage Guide is a free newspaper produced by the Countryside Service each year which again seeks to encourage a greater awareness of the unique environmental qualities of the Peninsula, as well as being full of information. It is widely available in pubs, shops and cafes throughout the area. Due to the international importance of the coastal grassland and heaths, English Nature and the National Trust own and manage large areas of these valuable semi-natural habitats.
Dave Lewis is particularly concerned that the majority of our wildlife and the landscape in which it lives is outside these special habitats. In St. Keverne parish, he has worked closely with Mary Combe, the Farming and Wildlife Adviser, and local farmers to ensure that successful farming and conservation go hand in hand. Well over 1000 acres of farmland are included as a Special Project under Countryside Stewardship. The landowners are restoring and maintaining grassland and heaths for the benefit of wildlife. In particular, four landowners have changed their farming system to provide winter stubble and summer pasture for one of Cornwall's rarest breeding birds. the Cirl Bunting. In so doing, they are providing ideal conditions for more common, but declining. species such as linnets and skylarks. For more information. contact Dave on: 01326 24l368.
Made in Cornwall
A recognised selling point
Cornwall has a strong image as an exciting and romantic part of the country and provides an ideal creative location for craftsmen to work. Their products have a reputation for high quality, particularly in the food and craft sectors, but often face unfair competition from similar products made elsewhere but packaged to look Cornish. Cornwall County Council's Approved Origin Scheme has achieved a great deal by protecting this identity.
Its logo has become a recognised selling point, proving itself time after time as consumers purchase products displaying the logo in preference
The Camel Trail
Quiet, well planned and signposted
This spring saw the opening of the first leg of the National Cycle Network in the Westcountry, providing a quiet, well planned and signposted route for cycling all the way from Padstow, through Devon and Somerset, to Bristol and Bath. As part of the national network, funded by a œ42.5 million award from the Millennium Commission, the route will link up with 6,500 miles of paths and minor roads crisscrossing the country all the way up to Inverness.
The first section of the Camel Trail, which runs from Padstow through Wadebridge and Bodmin up to the edge of Bodmin Moor, opened about 14 years ago. It is now one of Cornwall's top three tourist attractions, visited by an estimated 350,000 people last year and generating £5.8 million a year for the local economy.
By Jason Groves
A llttle Cornish metropolis
Lostwithiel nestles in a beautiful valley, surrounded by wooded hills, on the banks of the River Fowey. It was the river which brought early prosperity to the town, which was important enough by the 12th century to be granted a Charter of Rights as a borough and port.
Lostwithiel is at the top of the tide and the river is easily navigable up to this point, where there was a crossing in prehistoric times. A bridge of timber, built in the middle ages, was replaced eventually by a stone structure, this again being altered from time to time to take its present form in the Tudor Period.
Down stream from this old bridge lies Coulson Park, with its many fine trees, a tranquil haven for sitting and strolling. Up stream is the playing field, a site not only for sport and games but for many town events such as fetes and the judging of the summer carnival. Situated on the northern edge of the field is the community centre, containing the tourist information office. Lostwithiel's strategic postition led to the building, mainly in the 13th century, of Restormel Castle.
The castle, which finally fell out of use after the Civil War, is administered by English Heritage and is famous for its picturesque round building and the stunning view of the Fowey Valley from the hilltop site. Medieval buildings in the town remind us that here was the Stannary Parliament, its meaning coming from Stanum, the Latin word for tin. An independent body it regulated the activities of the numerous tinners and the wide spread trade in tin.Legally speaking the Stannary parliament has never been abolished. Lostwithiel has benefited from the fine 17th, and in particular, 18th century buildings in the town under the patronage of the Edgcumbe family, for whom it was a pocket borough. Across the river, the Boconnoc Estate was owned by the Pitt family who gave Britain two distinguished Prime Ministers, William Pitt, the elder and the younger.
Nineteenth century commercial activities, including lead and iron mining, gradually gave way to an emphasis on farming which has helped to give the town its character. Modern Lostwithiel has developed into a town with a community life heartwarming to residents and visitors alike. To be appreciated, it needs to be explored on foot. Social and religious groups, the museum, shops for your practical needs, specialist shops, plenty of accomodation, places for eating out, an array of cultural activities - all these and more have helped to make Lostwithiel a little Cornish Metropolis.
Compiled by Catherine Rachel John
English wine is not new. The Romans introduced the vine and the art of its transformation to wine to ancient Britain.
Vineyards continued in Southern England under the Celts, and flourished after 1066 in the monasteries.
When these were dissolved by Henry VIII, winemaking outside the big country estates ceased. By the 1960s English vineyards were reviving, and in 1978 the first such vineyard in Cornwall was planted, at Polmassick. In a sheltered inland valley the steep south facing slope and coarse stony ground combine to produce conditions in which our grapes develop a distinctive Cornish flavour.
Porthallow Vineyard was planted in 1987 on part of the ancient parc an Tidno Estate. 'Parc an Tidno' is Cornish language for 'farm with springs'.
The original vineyard layout was 10,000 vines on a 4-acre valley shaped field. One side faces east and the other faces west. The vines were whites from Germany and red and white from France. The German vines have not been successful. There is no frost in the vineyard field and those vines never ripened properly and hardened off in the winter. They have now been taken out and in their place you can see 200 Cornish apple trees on the east side of the vineyard field.
Hidden and well-kept secret
An inspiration for artists, writers and poets for centuries, Port Isaac and District is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Cornwall. A wildlife haven of purple, green and gold valleys sloping down to a stark wave-lashed coastline of rugged cliffs and secluded coves that can be explored from the coastal footpath, Port Isaac is a 700 year-old fishing village and outstanding conservation area.
Hidden in a fold among the steep cliffs, and a well-kept secret among its devotees, the village has been welcoming tourists for years but has stubbornly refused to change and still retains its old Cornish character. The narrow lanes with whitewashed stone cottages wind down to the harbour - the centre of the village and a peaceful spot to while away the time and watch the world go by - but when the fishing boats come in and the catch is landed, this is a hive of activity. Port Gaverne, sister cove to Port Isaac, where slate was shipped out, and all kinds of merchandise landed for local use, is now a quiet hamlet with a quiet, sheltered beach and green headlands. A few miles to the west is Port Quin, steeped in local legend - a storm once taking most of its menfolk so the village was deserted. Today it is largely owned and preserved by The National Trust.
Free service is available
The Royal Institute of British Architects is operated from a network of Regional Offices and down in the South West looks after Devon and Cornwall.
Among the services provided is a 'Client's Advisory Service'. This service acts as a marriage broker between clients and architects. Its purpose is to assist clients in their selection of architects, providing a list of suitable practices according to the information provided by the client. No project is too big or too small to benefit from the CAS Service. In fact the CAS has traditionally provided a popular nomination and advisory service for domestic and small business clients.
If you wish to make use of this service, simply telephone or write to the RIBA Regional Office giving details of the project you have in mind:
Regional Director, Royal Institute of British Architects, South West Region, How Centre, Note Street, Plymouth PLl 2AR; Tel: 01752 265921, fax: 01752 233634.
Food in Cornwall
Promoting the best in Cornish cuisine
The Food in Cornwall Association was formed in 1995 by a group of independent restaurateurs and hotel keepers with the aim of promoting and encouraging high standards of cooking using quality Cornish produce. This initiative has been both successful and well received by locals and tourists alike who are searching for quality food and service. The initial number of members of around two dozen has increased to 37 as the scheme becomes more attractive to potential new members who are judged to meet the quality standards and share the objectives of the Association.
Member establishments are spread widely over the county and now include Rick Stein's famous Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and the National Trust restaurants at Cotehele, Lanhydrock, Trelissick and St. Michael's Mount. An attractively produced pocket-sized guide provides details of all members' establishments and is freely and widely available in the county.
This year's guide includes a foreword by the actress Jenny Agutter from her cottage in Cornwall and also a tear-out comment form inviting observations from customers a reflection of the Association's commitment to maintaining quality. Each member of FICA is committed to offering the customer the highest possible standards of both food and service within the range of their establishment. The Association has established a self monitoring scheme which is designed to ensure that high standards of quality are maintained, with worthy newcomers being encouraged to join.
Further information on FICA and copies of the Guide to Good Eating in Cornwall can be obtained from Dick Waterson on 01736810214.
Margaret Merry grew up in Falmouth where, after leaving Falmouth High School, she spent a year at Falmouth School of Art.
Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where she obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. She then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where she gained an Art teacher's Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol.
She has lived and worked in Truro since 1969 and has become one of Cornwall's most popular artists. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and been bought by collectors from all over the world. She has published two books, 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City' and 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook'.
For more information write to: 24 Chirgwin Road, Truro, Cornwall TRl lTT; or Tel/Fax: 01872 275652.
Well known for books on Cornwall
Bob Acton and his wife Viv both used to teach in Cornish Schools. Now they are partners in a publishing business named after their house, Landfall, and are becoming well known for their books about Cornwall. Bob's speciality is books of round walks aimed at those who want to learn about Cornwall and its history. Viv writes local history.
notably two books about World War Two in Cornwall (written in conjunction with Derek Carter) which are among Landfall's best-sellers. For the current list, write to Landfall Publications. Landfall, Penpol. Devoran. Truro. Cornwall TR3 6NW, or telephone 01872 862581.
From strength to strength
Having worked abroad for a number of years, Robin Olliff decided upon a change of career, and after attending Riverside Business Course he started Aquascene. Initially designed to fill a gap in the market for water gardens, a specialised form of landscaping, he has gone from strength to strength due to a demand from the public who are becoming more environmentally aware.
Seven years on Aquascene has expanded to form another company, Aquascene Landscape and Environmental Construction Ltd. This new company was set up to cater for the larger commercial organisations who require a more expanded service.
No bar to positive campaigners giving full support
The Cornish branch of CAMERA leads one of the most positive and proactive county campaigns in the country. In keeping with the stated aims of the association it concentrates on three main areas. The first is the presentation of the traditional English pub. CAMERA has had several successes over the past year or so, in not only protecting the authenticity of free houses and real ale, but also in preserving traditional pub interiors throughout the county. As well as safeguarding this part of our heritage, the association also looks to the future.
This year, for instance, it has lent the full weight of its support to two new local breweries. Skinner Brewery in Truro will have launched the first of its new range of ales by the time we go to press. It will also be launching its - as yet unnamed - winter brew in the October Real Ale Festival in Falmouth. Meanwhile, the Celtic Brewery Company, another new producer, will be introducing a range of bottled beers later in the year which will be available from a variety of off-licences. Both companies are delighted with the support they have received from CAMERA, both moral and practical, which of course bodes well for the future diversification of real ales in Cornwall.
No article on CAMERA would be complete without a mention of the Local Real Ale Festival. Held twice a year at the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth, the next event will be on the 17th, 18th and 19th of October this year and will be well worth a visit. As well as a range of about 60 different real ales to sample, there will be live music and entertainment in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. For further information on the festival, or any other aspect of CAMERA's work in Cornwall, contact Mr. Crofts on 01872 573537.
Large, two-bar pub, overlooking the customs house, quay and harbour The upstairs bar boasts whiskies, the downstairs bar has a wide range of ever-rotating guest beers live music tri, Sat and Sun eves
Very traditional, thatched village pub, serving good, home-cooked food. No jukebox or fruit machine. Backgammon, Chess and cards. Limited parking..
Former count-house for the local tin-mining community; a welcoming, popular country' pub, said to be haunted by three maidens. Entertainment and good food provided.
Sandy Hill (1 mile East of town on Bethel Road)
Friendly local. serving good, home-cooked food (evening meals Tue-Sat). Live music Wed and Fri evenings.
Rising Sun Inn
Friendly pub with pleasing decor, serving an excellent beer choice and superb quality and value food. Exceptionally helpful and attentive bar staff Views over the Tamar Valley
Pydar Street (B3284 Perranporth Road)
A warm atmosphere and a large collection of Pub Jugs and memorabilia. Large garden with a covered area. Good value food.
King s Arms
Howells Road (A3092)
Delightful, popular village pub with twit bars and slate flag flooring. Changing range of guest beers. Limited parking (free car park close by)
16th-century coaching inn. now by-passed. A flagstoned floor graces the public bar and restaurant. Five beers and excellent food,' good value B&B. Happy hour 3-6 Mon-Fri.
5-9 Higher Bore Street
Historic town pub. built before the Napoleonic Wars and reputed to hold the oldest continuous licence in Cornwall. Good value food. Friendly atmosphere.' the lounge is quiet.
Bucket of Blood
Phillack, Nr Hayle, Cornwall
Historic, friendly pub close to Hayle beaches The name is derived from a gory legend. Meals in Summer.
The flagship of pub-breweries. A rambling. unspoilt. 15th-century'. granite building. W ith a thatched roof and its own brewery at the rear (famous for its 'Spingo beers). No jukebox or bandits, only' good chat in its two bars. Occasional Cider.
King Street (off A390)
Busy.13th-century inn, renowned for good food. A stone-floored bar contrasts with a comfortable lounge and restaurant. Guest beers come from small independent breweries Many unusual bottled beers available.
Spacious. 15th-century village pub which once had its own brewery: a quiet front bar and a family room with a skittle alley'. Good. home-cooked meals.
48 Chapel Street
The oldest pub in Penzance -a very friendly local with an attractive bar. Varied, good value food.
12 Steamers Hill (off A30)
Attractive. welcoming and comfortable village pub. offering an extensive and good value menu of ' home cooking (no food Monday evening in winter).
Picture-postcard, thatched pub with a smuggling history, popular with holiday makers visiting the superb sandy beach. A wide-ranging menu caters for most tastes - Sun lunches a speciality. Fine range of malt whiskies.
Cornwall Orchard Project
Traditional part of the landscape
The Cornwall Orchard Project has been set up by the County Council to raise awareness of the threats to traditional orchards and then to attempt to halt their decline through encouraging orchard restoration and replanting. Orchards were a traditional part of the Cornish landscape. Research has shown that cherry orchards can be traced back to the 18th century, and many farms had a cider orchard often on two to three acres. The varieties of fruit grown were those that flourished in the local climatic conditions and were renowned for their excellent quality and flavour.
Since the 1940s orchards have disappeared at an alarming rate through neglect, intensification of agriculture, payments to grub up orchards and loss of outlets. As they disappear, we lose the contribution that orchards make to the landscape and to the rural economy of Cornwall. Also lost for ever are the distinctive varieties of apple, pear and cherry that are part of the heritage of the county. The main fruit - producing areas of Cornwall are the deep sheltered valleys of the southern coast of the Tamar, the Fowey, the Fal and the Helford. In the main area of the Tamar there were 13 square miles in six parishes, producing top fruits and soft fruits along with vegetables and flowers. Production covered some 1,000 acres, employing about 500 people.
Traditional orchards can shelter all kinds of wildlife. The permanent pasture below the trees allows native grasses and flowers to flourish, and the tree blossom is an early source of pollen for bees and insects. In the autumn, a great number of birds are attracted by the ripening and fallen fruits as well as the insects throughout the year. In the older orchards, the trees often have heavy encrustations of lichen.
Under the Cornwall Orchard Project, grant aid is available for the restoration and planting of traditional orchards. This could be either as grant aid or in the form of supplying trees.
The Cider Farm in Penhallow is where over forty varieties of delicious fruit products are made; very strong traditional farm scrumpy, sparkling ciders, country wines, natural fruit juices and jams, chutneys, mustard, honey and mead. You can follow the complete process of cider making from harvesting and pressing to bottling and labelling (according to season). Watch the preparation of the ingredients in the jam kitchen, where you can see and smell the simmering fruits in the traditional open pans. Don't miss the Cider Museum where, for a small charge, you get a fascinating insight - into how farm cider was made in yesteryear - from the giant presses and horse-drawn mills to a complete cooper's workshop. Included is a tractor and trailer ride taking you on a guided tour of the fruit orchards in the valley below. Children love the friendly farm animals: the Shires and Shetlands, pygmy goats, lambs, rabbits and of course the pigs.
For more information telephone: 01872 573356.