Cornwall Council to buy electric cars

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Cornwall Council says it is pressing ahead with plans to convert its fleet of vehicles to battery power.

Last year the council launched a Green Cornwall project which included installing several recharging points along the A30.

The council has admitted it will take longer than planned as there are only a handful of recharging points ready.

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Rezare Farmhouse Sustainable alternatives to smoked salmon

Sustainable alternatives to smoked salmon

Until early 2010 we offered smoked salmon with scrambled eggs as an option on our breakfast menu. It was a very popular option, and rightly so, being a high quality product from the excellent Tregida Smokehouse.

However, we had been growing uneasy about serving it for a couple of reasons, neither to do with the quality of the product itself.

The first is that the raw salmon is farmed in Scotland, and then transported quite some distance to Cornwall to be smoked. Secondly, and more importantly, however, is the fact that the majority of farmed salmon is fed on fishmeal, which is produced by catching and processing large volumes of smaller fish which occupy a place lower down the food chain. read more

Holywell Bay and our fave cave on a walking holiday

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The best way to see Cornwall? Walk it!

Holywell Bay at low tide is a “must visit” for anyone who loves to see the unusual and the beautiful. You don’t have to be a geology buff! I repeat, if you want a day with a big Wow in it, then check your tide tables out.

The calcium carbonate deposits in the pictures are extremely slow creations. Called speleothems, at close quarters they feel and act like bath mats. Although engulfed by water that drips all over the rock it is not slippery like seaweed but with good walking boots is easily traversed… Read More

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South Penquite Farm Bushcraft courses 2011

Bushcraft Courses

“…essential field skills for all ages…”

This year Yurtworks and South Penquite Farm are running Wildworks Bushcraft days throughout the summer holidays. These family days are an introduction to bushcraft and nature awareness skills that you will be able to use and practice on your holiday and beyond. It is a course where you learn about the local wildlife and the environment in a fun and engaging way and take away skills that you can practice wherever you are. The day is made up of natural shelter building, exploring different ways of making fire, fire safety, and cooking on an open fire. The sessions are very hands on, and you will get to try all the activities…. Read More

Cornwall Trade Association Wins National Award

The Cornwall Branch of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) recently won national recognition with an award for membership services at the Association’s Annual Conference in Warwickshire.

The award was presented by environmentalist and TV celebrity Professor David Bellamy to Branch Chairman Norman Bliss during a packed two-day programme which included presentations from Tourism Minister John Penrose MP and the President of The Woodland Trust, comedian Clive Anderson.

‘In these financially and environmentally challenging times it makes sense for us to work more collaboratively’ commented Mr Bliss, ‘and the great thing about the Association is that it allows information, advice and best practice to flow between business. The parks in Cornwall generate 24 percent of the £1.3 billlion annual visitor spend in the Cornish economy. Lodges, chalets and caravan holiday homes have a significant part to play in addressing the ‘second homes’ issue and residential parks make a welcome contribution to the affordable housing market, particularly for senior residents. This is an important sector to the life and work of Cornwall and the BH&HPA reflects that.’

The Association represents some 140 Touring, Holiday and Home Parks in Cornwall and over 2,000 parks across the UK.

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Boscastle walking week 2011

Boscastle Walking Week 3rd April to 8th April 2011 download leaflet

From last years walking week…

“Nobody bothered to count up all the miles trekked during Walking Week  2010 but all who took part were agreed that even the odd blister was a price worth paying  for the opportunity of getting a different take on Cornwall’s  fabulous  coast and countryside”

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Fieldfare

Fieldfare

Fieldfare

Fieldfares, a winter visitor from Scandinavia, large colourful thrushes, much like a mistle thrush – have a slight ‘hawk’ look about them and quite powerful looking. Fieldfare getting drunk in the orchard.A flock arrived in our garden to feed on the windfall apples in the orchard. Hungry after their long flight south they gorged on the decaying and fermenting fruit throughout October and November they became noticeably more aggressive as the alcohol levels increased. The local blackbirds took a bit of a thrashing for a few weeks.

Tom Hazzeldine runs bread making courses at Bedruthan Steps Hotel.

Tom Hazzeldine runs bread making courses at Bedruthan Steps Hotel.

Tom Hazzeldine runs bread making courses at Bedruthan Steps Hotel.Baker Tom is running single day and weekend bread making courses at the Bedruthan Hotel.

Tom,’ is passionate about baking, and on this day course he will encourage would-be bakers to rediscover bread in its many various forms, styles and flavours.

Learn to make bagels, olive and tomato bread, soda bread, focaccia and more. A delicious lunch at Cafe Indigo is included.

Weekend courses: 11th – 13th March or 4th – 6th November 2011.

Day course 1: Introduction to bread making – Jan 31st, Feb 21st, May 8th, July 4th, Sep 26th, Dec 5th.

Day course 2: Sourdough, Focaccia, Croissants and Rye – Apr 4th, Jun 27th, Sep 5th, Oct 7th.

Day courses are £75 and include the baking course and lunch.

BakerTom was set up to allow for the creation of good quality, fresh, local bread that is not easily found in the supermarkets around us. BakerTom is a company that prides itself on creating breads of many different flavours and styles that will entice anyone and everyone.

BakerTom shop, FalmouthBakerTom was set up to allow for the creation of good quality, fresh, local bread that is not easily found in the supermarkets around us. BakerTom is a company that prides itself on creating breads of many different flavours and styles that will entice anyone and everyone.

BakerTom's Thyme, carrot and caraway bread.

BakerTom’s  Organic Thyme, caraway and carrot bread.