A group of volunteers, comprising Helston Beavers, Duke of Edinburgh students and supervising adults planted hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel along a new footpath linking the Bulwark Estate and Lower Nansloe farm at Penrose.
The land is owned by the National Trust, whose Laura Bailey said the tree planting would make Helston a greener, more environmentally-friendly place. “People will be able to watch the trees grow, over the years, and see the wildlife they attract to the footpath.”
“All the volunteers really enjoyed helping with this worthwhile task in the spring sunshine. A mixture of hedgerow shrubs, such as hawthorn and hazel, and larger standard trees including oak and small leaved lime were planted. This will attract a range of bid-life to the area and create a wildlife corridor along the path.”
The idea for a trail was initiated by a Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) project called Access to Nature involving The National Trust and Bulwark Residents Association.
After deciding the route and starting to clear the trail, money to complete it came from the Paths for Communities fund. The Paths for Communities Project is funded by Natural England and was created to enhance the public rights of way network and to deliver benefits to rural areas.
The Penrose project will create new routes, improve surfacing on existing routes and formally designate over 12km of permissive routes as Bridleways – improving access for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and mobility scooters.