SHARE – Out and About Again

Lethytep Conservation & Wildlife Haven

In July, Saltash Environmental Action (SEA) arranged a visit to Lethytep for their members, which was publicised in the SEA newsletter.  Seeing this, we asked if some SHARE members could join in and included an invitation in our latest Member email bulletin.  In the end, only four of us were free to go on the trip, so Geoff, Mike, Ali, and Sue joined the lovely SEA members and Philip and Faith Hambly for the afternoon.

Philip and Faith have transformed 52 acres of meadows, lakes and ancient woodland into habitats that they manage for wildlife.  The amazing wildflower and hay meadows are managed the old-fashioned way using only carefully-timed grazing and cutting, resulting in a rich and varied habitat.  Though probably not financially viable as a working farm, Lethytep is a valuable resource for biodiversity and wellbeing and is open to visitors by arrangement and on planned open days in June and July each year.

Many thanks to Philip and Faith for the tour and delicious refreshments; to Adrian and SEA for letting us come along; and to SHARE director Geoff for driving us there.

SHARE would love to organise a visit of our own to Lethytep next year when the meadows are once again at their best.

On the way back, some of us popped into “THE FLOWER FIELD” at Pengover Green, where the farmer has sown a 3 metre strip by the hedge containing cornflowers, daisies, sunflowers and others, a real splash of colour.
Open to the public, donations have raised £500 for Young Lives vs Cancer & towards a defibrillator for the village.

“Also, on a recent visit to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire, I noticed a distinct emphasis on natural, meadow-style gardening.  Wild flowers, varieties of grasses and ferns, tree trunks and root stumps were all present in abundance.  Show gardens all incorporated wildlife/bug friendly planting and landscaping.  I was delighted!”    Sue

Events coming up – come and meet SHARE at:

Stoke Climsland Open Day – Saturday 14th August, 10am – 3pm

Pensilva Fun Day – Sunday 15th August, 11am – 4pm

Communities across the country will join together for the Great Big Green Week. It will be the biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK, and everyone’s invited!
We hope to showcase our activities on the 18th at a family-friendly special event open to all. The SHARE AGM will form part of the event.

Other SHARE News:

Historic Hydro Power

Detectorists have made several forays along the old leat and wheel pit, and have found a number of intriguing items, as shown below.

We hope to be able to find part of the cast iron water wheel rim to identify the manufacturer and display the finds to members in the future.

Recycling Project

In July, SHARE sent 27 boxes of recycling (weighing around 230kg) and raised another £150 for Kicks Count.

Newly added: Taylors’ brand ONLY coffee bags are now accepted.

For more help / guidance with recycling, please have a look at our updated RECYCLING GUIDE

SHARE Volunteers Share needs volunteers to organise events and assist with our projects on a regular or casual basis. We would also love to hear from you if you have any skills which you think may be of use to us. If interested, please contact our SHARE Volunteer Co-ordinator  Trevor Mansbridge at   SHARE Membership SHARE has 109 full members and 77 Associate members. Joining us costs £2 for those living, working or who own property in the parish. This allows you to vote. If you don’t fall into that category, you can still join as an Associate member which costs just £1. Either way, you also qualify for membership benefits and your support and input is most welcome. Email or phone our Secretary, Astrid Fischer, on (01579) 383620. Check out our web page for more information.