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Explore the latest news from the Penwith Landscape Partnership through our blog posts below.

The Final PLP Blog

26th September 2023

So what has PLP done for us?    A reflection from PLP Volunteer Peter Parkinson 

Varfell Farms LEAF Demonstration Farm Launch

4th April 2023

Megan Whatty from LEAF reports on the launch of Varfell Farms as a LEAF Demonstration Farm.

Cornwall Real Food and Farming Conference videos

30th March 2023

Watch videos of the five panel sessions at the Cornwall Real Food and Farming Conference, held in Penzance in January 2023.

Madron Well Blog 4 - Folklore of Madron Well

28th March 2023

Learn more about the fascinating folklore of Madron Well in Penwith in this last in a series of blog posts on this historic site.

Madron Well Blog 3 - The Habitat of Well Moor

11th January 2023

In this blog, Laura share information about the natural habitat of Well Moor surrounding Penwith's Madron Chapel and Well

Madron Well Blog 2 - History of the Chapel and Well

13th December 2022

Learn more about the history of Madron Chapel and Well, from research undertaken by the Penwith Landscape Partnership to care for the site.

Heritage Crafts live on with new training opportunities

7th December 2022

Learn more about how the Penwith Landscape Partnership is working with Heritage Crafts to provide training in traditional crafts for 16 -25 year olds.

Integrated Pest Management in Livestock

24th November 2022

Megan Whatty from LEAF shares information and advice for farmers on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Livestock.

Madron Well - Blog 1

16th November 2022

The first in a series of blogs where you can learn more about the work we are undertaking at Madron Well. 

Creepy Penwith Folklore

31st October 2022

This Halloween join us for a compilation of some of the creepiest folklore from Penwith!

What's in a soil? Digging trial pits with volunteers to find out!

30th September 2022

Our volunteers have been digging trial pits at locations in Penwith to investigate what archaeological remains may lie beneath the soil, under the guidance of our team archaeologist Laura. Learn more about what happened in this blog.

Preparing for Winter after the Dry Summer

22nd August 2022

James Daniel of Precision Grazing and Phil Pengelly, Farm Environment Officer for the Penwith Landscape Partnership, share a YouTube video and information for farmers, with advice on preparing for winter after the current dry summer.

Slurry Management for Clean Air and Water

17th June 2022

Megan Whatty from LEAF shares a blog on the importance to farmers of slurry management for clean air and water.

Penwith Wildlife Recording Group

8th June 2022

A group of Penwith Landscape Partnership volunteers have formed the Penwith Wildlife Recording Group, set up to learn how to identify and record Penwith's wildlife to help support future conservation work. In this blog Nick looks at their work so far. 

Spring Grazing Management

1st April 2022

James Daniel of Precision Grazing and Phil Pengelly of the PLP have written a blog and recorded a video on spring grazing management for farmers, especially in the light of rising costs.

Edward Richardson presented with High Sheriff's Award

18th March 2022

On 21 Feb 2022 Penwith Landscape Partnership board member and farming advisor Edward Richardson was presented with a High Sheriff's Award, for his services to the local community in Cornwall.

Welcome to our new team members!

16th February 2022

In late 2021, Victoria Hole and Chandelle Randall joined the Penwith Landscape Partnership team as Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator respectively. In this blog they share a bit more about themselves and their thoughts on the PLP programme.

Sites to Visit on the PLEN

6th January 2022

Before Christmas on our social media, we shared 24 of the individual sites you can visit on our Penwith Landscape Exploration Network, or PLEN for short - in this blog we have pulled all these direct links together to enhance your exploration of the site

A Cornish Twelve Days of Christmas

13th December 2021

In this blog, our Para Kernewek (Cornish team) share a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas in both Cornish and English - but with a Cornish twist! Perfect for singalongs for the coming festive period.

Reducing Nitrogen Fertiliser Usage

6th December 2021

With the price of Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser set to climb above £700 per tonne (Farmers Guardian 22/11/2021) James Daniel of Precision Grazing and our Farm Environment Officer Phil Pengelly discuss how farmers can reduce their reliance on artificial nitrogen fertiliser whist achieving the most profitable level of production in a YouTube video and our latest blog. 

St Levan's Chapel Rescue Excavation

30th November 2021

In September and October 2021 the Penwith Landscape Partnership have been working closely with Cornwall Archaeological Unit to excavate the remain of St Levan's Chapel, a tiny Medieval Chapel on the coast near Port Chapel prompted by concerns for its condition and survival. In this blog find out more about what was discovered.

Alverton Primary School Children Explore Nature in Penwith

29th November 2021

Alverton Primary School borrowed one of the Penwith Landscape Partnership's large Insect Identification kits to allow pupils to learn more about their local wildlife. In this blog learn how they got on! 

A Year of a Cornish Hedge

5th November 2021

Artists Amanda Richard and Sara Bevan will be artistically recording a Cornish Hedge for a year, providing a window into the beauty and biodiversity of these historic structures. In this blog they introduce themselves and the work they have undertaken so far. 

Introducing the Penwith Landscape Exploration Network (The PLEN)

21st October 2021

The Penwith Landscape Partnership are pleased to introduce the Penwith Landscape Exploration Network, also known as the PLEN. This interactive portal allows you to explore the Penwith landscape, with its ancient sites, trails and habitats, virtually from home. In this blog our Ancient Penwith Project Officer Laura shares how the PLEN was created.

An artistic summer inspired by Penwith

16th August 2021

This summer has seen a number of events linked with our Seeing the Landscape project - appreciating and celebrating the Penwith landscape through art. Here we have a look at some of the events that have taken place!

LEAF report on Varfell Farm Tour

27th July 2021

On July 15th, LEAF headed down to Penwith to check out Varfell Farms who will be joining the national LEAF Demonstration Farm Network in 2022 as a legacy of the Penwith Landscape Partnership horticulture project being run by LEAF. In this blog, Lucy Bates from LEAF shares more information on the tour and what was seen.

Access to Mulfra Vean Settlement!

26th July 2021

New public access into Mulfra Vean prehistoric settlement

Penwith in the Summer

19th July 2021

Summer is here, and here's some ways you can enjoy the season in Penwith with the help of the Penwith Landscape Partnership

Out with West Penwith's Bees and Bee Man

21st June 2021

Our Programme Manager Julian shares sightings of some of Penwith's bees and other insects he spotted in the company of Paddy Saunders from Kernow Ecology

Agriculture and Climate Change: Carbon Footprints and beyond

28th May 2021

In the latest blog post from LEAF, Rebecca Davis shares how important managed agriculture is to help manage Carbon emissions in the future, and how LEAF is working with farmers towards this goal

Hedge vs Wall

19th May 2021

Claire from the PLP discusses her maintenance of a Cornish Hedge in her garden, and preparation for an upcoming event called 'The Wall'

Managing a Late Spring with James Daniel

13th May 2021

Following on from their recent podcast, James Daniel of Precision Grazing and Phil Pengelly our Farming Environment Officer share information for farmers on how to manage a late spring.

Create a Cornish Hedge artwork with Seeing the Landscape

1st April 2021

Just in time for Easter weekend, and to tie in with our Hedge Week, Sue Kinley has shared another great family art activity - creating your own Cornish Hedge artwork! Read the post to find how.


10th March 2021

Linked Environment and Farming (LEAF) shares information on the Environmental Land Management funding scheme and how it can help Penwith farmers

Enjoy the Tale of St Piran in Kernewek and English

3rd March 2021

Tony and Loveday, our Para Kernewek, have recorded the tale of St Piran in Kernewek and English, with a quiz at the end.

Nofence Virtual Fence System in Penwith

18th February 2021

Phil, our Farm Environment Officer, has been working with Synne Foss Budal of Nofence in Norway, local farm stakeholders Lisa and Piers Guy and James Daniel of Precision Grazing on the creation of a series of YouTube films about the Nofence virtual fence system and its use in Penwith - read the blog to find out more!

Alleviating Soil Compaction

8th February 2021

As this is the time of year when farmers think about soil compaction, Phil shares a blog on how using an aerator can alleviate this

Penwith in the Picture - managing our photographs

28th January 2021

The Penwith Landscape Partnership has taken thousands of photographs of Penwith and our work - here's how we look after them

PLP Access - Winter Update

8th January 2021

An update from Access Officer Matt Watts on the activity carried out in the Autumn, and what's planned for the new year.

Duchy College Students discuss their PLP work placement

5th January 2021

A group of students from Duchy College have been on a work placement with the Penwith Landscape Partnership, working out in the landscape. In this blog they each share their experiences from this placement.

A Running Pilgrimage in Penwith

24th December 2020

Claire shares her recent run on the St Michael's Way through the Penwith landscape

Creating a Christmas Spiral Tree Decoration

21st December 2020

Sue Kinley shares a great festive art activity incorporating Penwith greenery as part of our Seeing the Landscape project

The LEAF Sustainable Farming Review - what, why and when!

18th December 2020

Rebecca Davis from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) shares an update for the Horticulture section of our Farming Future project with news of LEAF's online Sustainable Farming Review tool

Boos Nadelik - Christmas Food

16th December 2020

Tony from our Para Kernewek (Cornish team) shares some festive Kernewek for you to add a Cornish flair to your Christmas Dinner this year

Stock farming – Preparing for Winter

10th December 2020

Discussion about preparing stock for winter, with James Daniel, Edward Richardson and Phil Pengelly. 

Create a Stained Glass Design inspired by Penwith

25th November 2020

Sue Kinley shares another great family art activity - creating a stained glass design inspired by the sights and colours of Penwith

Integrated Pest Management in Field Veg

11th November 2020

Lucy Bates from LEAF, who are managing the Horticulture Section of our Farming Futures project, shares an update on their work focusing on Integrated Pest Management

Reconstructing Penwith's Ancient History

9th November 2020

Our Ancient Penwith Project Officer Laura and artist Phoebe Herring discuss the process for creating historical reconstructions of some of Penwith's wonderful ancient sites

Spirited tales from Penwith

29th October 2020

In honour of Halloween we've compiled some of Penwith's spookiest ghost stories - read on if you dare!

Work experience opportunity for Duchy College students with PLP

20th October 2020

Our Volunteer Coordinator Nick shares news of an exciting new collaboration with Duchy College, providing work experience for six students.

Buildings in the Landscape helps Chytodden Farm open accommodation for autistic adults

9th October 2020

We're pleased to share the successful conversion of a disused farm building into accommodation for autistic adults with the support of our Buildings in the Landscape project

Mosaic and Stripes Art Activity with Seeing the Landscape

7th October 2020

Sue Kinley shares another great art activity you can try as part of our Seeing the Landscape project

Celebrating our Penwith A to Z

4th September 2020

Recently on social media we've been highlighting different aspects of Penwith and our work with our Penwith A to Z- here's a recap for anyone who missed it!

Make your Own Concertina Sketchbook with Seeing the Landscape

28th August 2020

Sue Kinley, who is working on family activities for our Seeing the Landscape project, shares a fun artistic activity for all the family- make a concertina sketchbook for recording the Penwith landscape.

New trails through the Penwith Landscape

14th August 2020

A look at the new trail guides that are going live on our website

IPM In Action – working with nature to control pests

27th July 2020

An update from LEAF on their work relating to the Farming Futures Horticulture project, particularly relating to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Penwith folklore - giants, mermaids and faerie folk

14th July 2020

We share some of the folklore tales from our social media channels relating to Penwith's mythological creatures

Virtual Heritage from the Ancient Penwith Project

5th June 2020

Laura, our Ancient Penwith Project Officer, and Tom Goskar from the Curatorial Research Centre share information on the digital recording of Ancient Sites in Penwith, including Photogrammetry

Over 700 species discovered in our Virtual Garden BioBlitz

26th May 2020

The results are in from our Virtual Garden BioBlitz, and Penwith residents really channeled that 'BioBlitz' spirit to record some amazing species

The Glory of Nature's Colours

13th May 2020

Claire shares her thoughts on the wonderful colours that can be found in the Penwith landscape

Rise before Sunrise

16th April 2020

Claire shares the beauty found when taking your daily exercise early in the morning

The Joy of Birds

3rd April 2020

Now working from home, Claire shares the joy that can be found in the birds in her garden

Ancient Penwith site clearance

30th March 2020

Our Ancient Penwith Officer, Laura, shares information on our work clearing and surveying ancient sites

Exploring your local Penwith landscape

23rd March 2020

Our Access Officer Matt Watts shares advice on maintaining health on the footpaths of the Penwith landscape

Finding happiness in the Penwith landscape from Carn Bosavern

20th March 2020

On the International Day of Happiness, Claire shares the happiness she has found in the Penwith Landscape from Carn Bosavern

Lunchtime escape to the St Just countryside

3rd March 2020

Our Programme Officer Claire Backhouse shares some thoughts from her regular lunchtime walk

Recent Activities for the Penwith Landscape Partnership

19th February 2020

A summary of the recent activities for the Penwith Landscape Partnership

Hart's Tongue to Polypodies- First Impressions of Penwith

7th February 2020

Julian Branscombe, who joined the Penwith Landscape Partnership as Programme Manager in November, shares some early impressions of Penwith and the work of the PLP

The Farming Futures Horticulture Project

22nd January 2020

We were excited to launch the Horticulture strand of our Farming Futures Project with LEAF at an event on 20th January.

Our Penwith Christmas Alphabet

23rd December 2019

On social media we have been counting down to Christmas with our Penwith Christmas alphabet, inspired by the famous Dickie Valentine song- and we're pleased to share the complete song with you.

Report from Farming Futures event at St Buryan Inn

9th December 2019

On Tuesday 26th November a group of approximately 25 people gathered at the St.Buryan Inn to hear about the progress of the Livestock Demonstration Units as part of the Penwith Landscape Partnership – Farming Futures project. Find out about what was discussed on the evening.

Penwith Landscape Partnership Commended at Volunteer Awards

26th November 2019

The Penwith Landscape Partnership won Highly Commended in the Host of the Year category of the Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering awards

Walking Weekend 2019

5th November 2019

A roundup of the guided walks held as part of last month's event

Things that go bump in Penwith

1st November 2019

In honour of Halloween we're sharing some spooky tales from Penwith

Penwith Farmers learn more about Safe Use of Fertilisers

17th October 2019

Local farmers attended a course by Greenway Training on the Safe Use of Fertilisers and Manures

New Cornish language menu available on our website

10th September 2019

Those looking to brush up their Cornish can now do so on our website with our new Cornish language menu

Improving access in West Penwith

29th August 2019

The PLP's access projects are all about "improving access to heritage in Penwith, both physically and intellectually." Find out what we've been doing to achieve that aim. 

PLP at the St Buryan Rally 2019

2nd August 2019

On the weekend of the 27th-28th July 2019 the Penwith Landscape Partnership attended the St Buryan Rally for the first time, with a marquee full of activities for all the family.

Welcome to the PLP Virtual Landscape Hub

19th July 2019

Welcome to the new website for the Penwith Landscape Partnership - our Virtual Landscape Hub to share information on our work and the Penwith landscape.  

St Just Folklore Trail is now live

5th July 2019

Explore points related to folklore in St Just parish with our online StoryMap

Latest news from the Penwith Landscape Partnership

2nd May 2019

Here's an update of the latest news from the Penwith Landscape Partnership

Cheryl Straffon presented with Heritage Champion Award

28th November 2018

We are delighted to announce that our board member Cheryl Straffon has been presented with the Cornwall Heritage Trust’s Heritage Champion award.