Cornwall's Living Landscape

The mythology, history and environmental aspects of Cornwall’s rich landscape embracing the inspiring stories of the many locally led initiatives.

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An edible forest garden on reclaimed sand dunes at Phillack

Cornwall brings both challenges and opportunities when creating a garden.  As a result some of the UK’s most inspiring and adventurous gardens can be found here, often in the most unlikely situations such as on the cliffs at the Minnack Theatre at Porthcurno and on St Michael’s Mount off Marazion.

View of the forest garden in 2010

FG Hayle after

But most surprisingly of all perhaps is to find an edible forest garden planted on reclaimed sand dunes. Continue reading


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ShelterBox: A proper Cornish success story

Shelterbox volunteers are a very special group of people too! Well done.

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Image“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

I’m just recovering – there’s no other word for it – from a 9 day course run by ShelterBox to train people who are joining their disaster Response Team. As most people in these parts know, Helston-based ShelterBox is a disaster relief agency specialising in sending emergency shelter (tents) and other essential items such as blankets, cooking facilities and tools, to areas of the world affected by natural and man-made disasters. It’s the job of the Response Team to actually deliver the aid, in the organisation’s iconic green boxes, to the disaster zones. Joining the Response Team, which is made up of volunteers from all walks of life and nationalities, is no small undertaking. Those hoping to join the Team must pass an interview and a 4 day selection course before being accepted onto a…

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Constructing a labyrinth at Mounts Bay with Sig Lonegren

Saturday 2nd February turned out to be a bright and sunny day, with a biting northerly wind.  The turnout was excellent at the Community Hall in Marazion for Sig Lonegren’s talk on Labyrinths for the Trencrom Dowsers and visitors.


Sig was keen to clarify  the distinction between mazes and labyrinths.  Apparently mazes have high walls and are intended as puzzles for the left side of the brain, whereas labyrinths have low walls and are right brain problem solving devices. The way to navigate your way out of a maze was with a ball of yarn and the Anglo Saxon word for a ball of yarn is a ‘clew’.  I say no more. Continue reading

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Sig Lonegren – Talk on History, Construction and Use of Labyrinths

Trencrom Dowsers are hosting a talk by the internationally renowned dowser and geomancer Sig Lonegren at 1pm on Saturday 2nd February in the main hall at the Marazion Community Centre.  Entrance is £2 for members and £4 for non-members.  After the talk and  tea and biscuits, the group will head down to the beach to create a labyrinth.

John on dowsing day

John Moss from Trencrom Dowsers on International Dowsing Day 2012


Sue Sayer and the Cornwall Seal Group

3 Cornwall Seal  Group Steering Group

Sue Sayer on the left, with fellow CSG Steering Committee members Kate Hockley, Dan Jarvis ably assisted by Bentley the dog

How it all started

Combine a vibrant personality with an intelligence fuelled by a passion for seals and you have Sue Sayer.

This love affair started in the year 2000 following a visit to a local seal spot, the acquisition of a pair of binoculars and the discovery, when climbing with her partner at Gwennap, that seals come out of the water and so can be fully observed. Continue reading

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I shall have to retrace your steps!

Random Lincs

Fondant Fancy Two

In Flushing we sit with our legs dangling over the harbour wall. Beneath are rocks and seaweed. The rhythm of the sea and birds is calming; it attunes the mind to the vibrancy of shifting light and motion. The jetty has benches and photographers discussing shutter speeds. The waves are sparkling, glinting, dancing. “Sun stars,” says my friend.

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