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.
LEAF and ELM
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