A nature trail designed to encourage people living on Helston’s Bulwark Estate to enjoy the great outdoors has been opened.

Residents meet on Wednesday at the play park area at Albion Road for the opening of the path, which takes a circular route to the edge of the Penrose Estate and back.

There was also be a story teller, boat races and scavenger hunt activities for the launch event.

The path has been created by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change working with the National Trust, which owns the land.

It follows a little known lane called Bullock Lane, which runs along the back of the houses, down to Lower Nansloe Farm on the edge of the Penrose Estate.

At this point walkers can continue onto the estate or keep following the path back round to where they started.

It is one of a number of paths being opened as part of the ‘Where the Wild Things Grow’ Access to Nature Project, which is working largely in more disadvantaged areas.

Karen Llewellyn, access to nature project worker from Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, said: “It will be a great opportunity to get outdoors with the whole family and explore nature.

“This part of the trail is only just the start. We plan to have another trail on the website soon and there are lots of games and ideas that will help bring nature to life for you and your family.”

People can download the trail map and find ideas for other outdoor activities from the new website www.accesstonaturecornwall.org that will be launched later this month.

Awaiting the first walkers on the path are a series of knitted bugs and decorations, created by a guerrilla group known as the “Graffiti Grannys" [sic].

Under cover of darkness they have added some friendly friends to the trail, for youngsters to spot as they explore the walk.