In 2014, a group of community organisations and individuals came together and agreed a vision for the Penwith landscape: "A resilient living, working Penwith landscape where farming prospers while protecting natural resources, restoring habitat connectivity and enhancing the archaeological heritage; a landscape that is loved, enjoyed and supported by local communities and visitors".
Towards the end of 2015, this group – now known as the Penwith Landscape Partnership - was successful in getting a generous allocation of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop thirteen projects which will help to conserve and enhance this unique landscape.
A small part of the funding is currently being used to put these proposals together as a group of integrated projects that will hopefully start in earnest in 2018.
From helping Parishes to survey and access the heritage and wildlife within their areas to looking at potential uses of redundant buildings; encouraging traditional farming practices and establishing monitor farms that will demonstrate good practice - all the projects have the conservation of the Penwith landscape at their heart.
The thirteen projects which will potentially form the final overall Penwith Landscape Conservation Action Plan are:
Outstanding Penwith - Action through volunteering, a community volunteer project.
Up with the Downs - Moorland management including controlled burning assistance, scrub cutting and clearing by hand.
Wild Penwith - Habitat and river corridor management, water analysis and water quality monitoring.
Talking Names - Knowing and recording the past through research into historic place names, gathering memories and assistance with Cornish Language interpretation.
At the end of the Land - Building and restoring access to the Penwith landscape for all. Leading historic and biodiversity oriented walks, walks for health and a walking festival
That’s our Parish - Understanding our heritage through community monitoring and surveying of heritage features.
Ancient Penwith - Historic sites, monuments and landscapes. Recording and monitoring of heritage features, access improvements to historic sites, restoration of neglected sites; schools educational visits.
Making Tracks - The Tinners’ Way – Access improvements, footpath restoration, signs, guided walks.
Penwith Hedges - Survey and recording of Cornish hedges, practical hedging (supported by training), up-skilling a network of volunteer hedgers.
Farming Futures - Developing and supporting farm businesses through setting up ‘monitor’ farms.
Landscape Hubs - A focus of knowledge on interpreting the landscape for all the landscape partnership projects, including a website and possible physical space(s).
Seeing the landscape - Bringing together opportunities for all to explore the cultural and artistic value of the landscape
Buildings in the Landscape - Giving value, purpose and protection to redundant farm buildings within the landscape
Members of the Penwith Landscape Partnership Board are:
Cornwall Councillors representing four Penwith wards
Zennor and Towednack Parish Council
Penwith farming representatives
A Penwith based micro-business
Cornwall Archaeological Society
Cornwall Ancient Sites Protection Network (CASPN)
St Aubyn Estates
Penwith Access and Rights of Way (PAROW)
Penwith Community Development Trust
Save Penwith Moors
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
The Board is chaired by Cllr Jim McKenna
For further information about the project, contact:
email@example.comPattie Richmond, Landscape Partnership Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01736 811247 or 07814139223
The Penwith Landscape Partnership is based at Bolitho Business Park, Bejowans Farm near St Buryan, Penzance.