Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Give us a wave

Tools at the ready at Poldhu
If you've been down to Poldhu cove recently you will hardly have been able to miss the new wave sculpture there to greet you as you reach the top of the boardwalk. Poldhu is overrun with various colourful signs from the council and RNLI beach safety to the cafĂ© and surf school and amidst all this it had become lost that this well loved beach itself its owned and looked after by the National Trust. So we wanted to create something that would welcome you, through the signage mayhem, onto this special beach.
Lifting the timbers into place

Although some might consider it rather large, the wooden wave sculpture fits its purpose beautifully. We wanted something that was natural and in keeping with its surrounding but at the same time making a subtle yet clear welcome. 
Setting the timbers in place

The ‘Wooden Wave’ was designed by Barefoot’s Jon Taylor and carved by local craftsman Virgil Cain. It is made out of reclaimed timbers from the fire of Falmouth Docks, provided by Holifield farm. The gnarled timbers themselves, with rusted bolts still visible to tell their story, are a striking sight sunk upright into the top of the dunes. A wave silhouette is carved across four of the five timbers with a circular window through its centre, framing the sea behind it. The contrast of the polished, carved wood with the untouched rough exterior, changes from a deep red through to silvery grey in different weather. 

Volunteers helped secure the timbers in the sand
The sculpture was part funded by the South West Coast Path Association and installed by local contractors William Watson and Peter Kemp. We will be improving the signage around Poldhu next year by working together with those involved to de-clutter the entrances and provide better information. We would love to hear any feedback you may have about the new installation or anything else regarding Poldhu cove. 


Monday, 2 September 2013

Heroes of Handplane - competition postponed. 

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the unexpected lack of swell that is forecast for Saturday we are going to postpone the Heroes of Handplane event until the Spring. We hope this hasn't caused any disappointment or inconvenience. Look out for updates in the new year. 


Harbour Day - less than 2 weeks to go!!

This year’s Mullion Harbour Day, to be held on Sat 14th September, is set to be even better than last year!!

Alongside all the usual fun and games at this year’s Harbour Day, the National Trust and Lizard Adventure are organising a whole range of water based, fun races for visitors to take part in. To start off the day there will be a kayak race to Mullion island and back, Lizard Adventure will be providing kayaks for the race at £2 a go. The ever popular raft race across the harbour is back again and will be held at 1pm, so get your friends and family together and start collecting buoyant objects and a theme for your raft entry (extra points can be gained for using recycled materials) four people are allowed per raft and there will be an entry fee of £10. This will be followed by a new race, back by popular request – a swim across the harbour, open to all ages and abilities. The longest jump from the harbour wall competition commences at 3:30pm, a favourite pastime of harbour locals and a great way to cool off on a sunny day. The Grand National Trust Seahorse Steeplechase is back again and will see the jockeys ride their hobby horses (made from recycled body boards) down the slipway and over a few fences before swimming their horses across the harbour and back again. A sweepstake will allow onlookers to back their favoured sea horse. And of course Harbour Day would no the complete without the greasy pole challenge. Great entertainment for spectators and the highlight of the day for many brave locals. Lizard Adventure will also be offering free kayak tasters in the harbour during the afternoon for those who have always wanted to give it a go but never had the opportunity.

The RNLI lifeboat Rose will kindly be making a guest appearance during the afternoon with an impressive display not to be missed. The RNLI charity stall will also be present alongside a whole range of local craft stalls, traditional harbour games, face painting and free activities for those who don’t fancy getting wet. There will be a licensed bar and BBQ available throughout the day serving local ales and burgers from the National Trust Dexter herd who do an excellent job of grazing the surrounding cliffs for wildlife.

Mullion Harbour Day promises to be an enjoyable day out for everyone. Race entries will be taken on the day from 11am so pack your towel and come and join in the fun. Any proceeds from the day will go towards the ongoing maintenance and repairs of the harbour which has suffered significant storm damage in recent years.

For more information call Elle Parsons on 01326 291174 or email Elle.Parsons@nationaltrust.org.uk

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