Even though winter is fast approaching people's passion for volunteering hasn't gone into hibernation. Just this week 18 people from Cornwall Legal braved the cold and threat of rain to help the National Trust with scrub bashing in Porthcothan.

Many of Cornwall's hills and clifftops are covered by gorse and blackthorn bushes which drop thorns and needles that make for a difficult habitat for the variety of creatures that make up Cornwall's wildlife. To support Cornwall's ecosystem we have to take a proactive approach to managing these areas. The cliffs around the gorgeous Porthcothan beach is overseen by the National Trust and it was with them Cornwall Legal chose to volunteer.

The day started with everyone gathering in the car park where we were greeted by Tom, the local ranger. Tom explained what we would be doing for the day and led the volunteers up the hill where he handed out equipment and took them through a health and safety talk. 

The volunteers worked incredibly hard to cut, move and burn the gorse on what was a very chilly November morning but their high spirits kept it a fun and enjoyable day. By the time the afternoon rolled around we had cleared a huge area of land.

 

Because of the hard work these volunteers did it this area can now serve as a home for the diverse range of animals living in the county.

Thank you to Tom from the National Trust for looking after us, providing the tools, and most importantly, making the tea. Also thank you to St Eval Parish Council for opening up the public bathroom that are closed for the winter so our volunteers had access to proper facilities.