Bring in the New Year with a good stomp!

Hi all,

Not sure if I’m still allowed to say this but, Happy New Year. ūüôā ¬†What weather 2013 left us with and 2014 has brought. Hope this finds you warm and dry!
 
The January Green Walk this Sunday 19th.¬†¬†For our first walk of the New Year, we’ll be exploring Winter scenery north of the city. ¬† Unfortunately I’ll be away so this month the fantastic Martin will be leading the stroll, taking in Kenywn and Idless, sticking to hard surfaces as much as possible as there is a lot of quality mud out there! ¬†Martin has got a number of other route options to ensure the walk is as accessible for the people who come along so do to cast your vote if you’re rather somewhere else on the day. ¬†Goodness knows what the heavens will have in store so make sure to wrap up, wellies highly recommended.
 
I’m not a great one for New Years resolutions, mainly as I soon find something else I want to give a go! ¬†If you’d like to try something new for 2014 why not come along to…
Malpas Community Choir.¬†¬†Thursdays at 7.45pm at Malpas estate community centre. ¬†Tried and tested, I can highly recommend, great fun, ¬†a lovely way to meet others locally ..and a chance to learn a new skill! ¬†We’ve got a new vocal coach joining us for tonights session so do pop along. Suggested donation of ¬£2 per session.
 
Hope to see you for a sing song tonight, otherwise catch up on next months gander.  Ooh and enjoy this Sundays stroll with Martin, he always puts on a great walk!
 
Bestest,
Kloe
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Last green walk of 2013!..

..Crikeys hasn’t it come about quick!

I’ve been rather inspired by the American/Canadian tradition of thanksgiving. ¬†At a time of increasingly headless consumption, gathering together for a moment to give thanks and appreciate all the good things we already have in our lives feels so very much needed.
 
 
The December Green Walk¬†Sunday 15th.¬† For our last gander of the year… We’ll be taking a stroll northwards (not quite to the pole!) to make a toast to Truro, 2013. ¬†A chance to reflect on all that this year has brought us and maybe sharing a lesson or two learnt along the way. ¬†Bring a tipple of your choice ..hot choco, mulled wine, tea/coffee for yourself or even better to share! ¬†Martin will be bringing a travel stove too to warm any Winter brews if needed.
 
Hope you can join us, 2pm outside Truro Cathedral as ever, back for 4pm.
 
Looking forward to it! ūüôā
Best wishes,
Kloe

The November Green Walk – this Sunday 17th!

Hope this finds you warm and cosy …there’s a bbrrrr to be felt in the air out there, but how gloriously fresh it is ..and colourful! ¬†I almost think this is THE time of year for gandering, the things I enjoy the most..crunchy golden leaves and squelchy earth, ooh and the hedgerows brimming with berries and nuts. ¬†Tis a feast for the senses..and belly! ¬†Can’t wait to head out to enjoy it with you some more on this months green walks this Sunday!

The November Green Walk, Sunday 17th.¬†¬†This month we will be celebrating the colours, smells and sights of Autumn with a gander along the outer fringes of the city to Calenick quay. ¬†If you haven’t explored this area of Truro before, this is a great opportunity to do so. ¬†Goodness knows what the heavens will be doing between now and Sunday but considering it is November some quality Cornish mud can be almost guaranteed. ¬†Wellies/walking boots highly recommended to maintain happy feet. ¬†Hope to see you usual time and place, 2pm @Truro Cathedral, back for 4pm.
Festive green walk and gathering?¬†¬†This Sunday I’ll be putting the feelers out for any ideas/requests/suggestions for what you’d like to do for this years festive walk on December 15th. ¬†Last year we shared a wonderful festive feast over in Kenywn and made our own Christmas wreaths (or at least attempted to!) our of greenery we’d collected on the walk just before. ¬†If you have an idea/request or two but aren’t able to make it this Sunday, do feel free to email me instead.
In other news..New community event launching next Tuesday!¬†¬†An event I’m helping to organise with Transition Truro that you might like(involves lots of good food!). ¬†Check out the poster below for more..
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That’s it for now, ¬†hope to see you soon! ūüôā
Bestest,
Kloe
Head Coordinator
Truro Green Walks

September Green Walk this weekend! History walk, not to be missed!‚ÄŹ

Hi all,

 
Eeek, sorry another late one this month ..I feel like I blink and suddenly another few weeks have gone by. ¬†What a month though, so much to harvest, from whopping monster marrows down the allotment to brambles straining with berries and apples galore. ¬†Our kitchens been full of bubbling pots of fruits each evening, trying to preserve just some of this summers glut for those leaner Winter months. ¬†Some of my preservation projects I’ve been a bit skeptical about – namely my pickled monster gherkins, can 3 months sat steeping in some vinegar really make these gnarled tough green sausages look any more appealing or am I just putting off the inevitable trip to the compost bin!? ¬†Would love to hear your stories/experiences of dealing with any of your own harvests, big or small. ¬†Feel free to post on the facebook page:¬†https://www.facebook.com/pages/Truro-Green-Walks/238654489531490¬†or email me.
 
The September Green Walk Sunday 15th September.  
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This month, history expert Christine Parnell from the Old Cornwall society will be treating us to a tour around Truros historical city centre, looking back at the city through the ages to discover the Truro of yester-year. 

“We will be taking a look at the old Assembly Rooms and hearing about the unusual way the building was funded, discovering old bridges that cross Truros many Rivers, visiting grand old houses and their past owners…and more..” – Christine.

As ever we’ll be meeting outside Truro Cathedral at 2pm, finishing back at the same place at 4pm. ¬†We won’t be doing so much stomping this time, more stopping and listening so do bring extra layers to keep warm and cosy if needs be.

¬†Hope to see you Sunday! ūüôā

Bestest,

Kloe

Coosebean Greenery and the August Green Walk

Morning all,

 
Last month, we ventured north of the city to try out the newly built Coosebean Greenway.  
ImageThis is a fantastic new trail built specifically for cyclists and walkers that snakes it way through a gorgeous area of greenery behind Malabar estate. ¬†We met with Ian Banks, Community Development Manager for Truro City Council and local resident who’s interested in one particular area of land which is threatened with development. ¬†He’s keen to capture people’s feelings about the land and how you would like to see it managed/used in the future. ¬†He’d also like to capture any ‘stories’ from the past such as colloquial names and routes people have used/use in the hope of mapping the area for continued community use. ¬†For more details and to share your thoughts and ideas, you can get in touch with Ian at:¬†Ian@truro.gov.uk
 
NO Reccie walk with Martin today as he is away.  The intrepid explorer himself will be back with his first Sunday of the month walks from next month, September onwards again.
 
The August Green Walk Sunday 18th.¬†¬†This month we’ll be exploring the beautiful gardens of Boscowen Park with a guided tour from Head Gardner Liam Shoesmith, who’ll be giving us an insight into it’s surprising past, blooming present and plans for the future. ¬†Due to my terrible time-keeping, it was suggested last month that from now on we¬†meet at 1:45pm instead at the Cathedral¬†to get all the adminey stuff out of the way¬†so that we can get gandering by 2pm.¬†¬†This is¬†particularly¬†relevant for those of you who haven’t completed your Outdoor Health Questionnaire or Health Card before.
 
Rightio, that’s it for now. ¬†Hope to see you in a couple of weeks!
 
All the best,
Kloe
 
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks

July Ganders

Hi all,

 
What a treat we had last month from Kneehigh Рmassive thanks again to Anna Marie Murphy for organising such a wonderful afternoon and to all the contributors who shared stories and poems (in 3 different languages!), complete with a cart supplying love potions (optional).  If you missed the walk, have a peek at the piccies below from this love-themed amble.
 
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This month a few changes (to keep you on your toes, as ever!)
 
Martins Reccie Walk¬†will take place¬†next Sunday 14th July NOT TODAY 7th July¬†(the usual first Sunday of the month slot). ¬† Why the change? ¬†Two words: Wimbledon final. ¬†(Martin’s a bit of a fan and figured he’d not be the only one wanting to watch). The walk next Sunday will take place from 2pm as ever meeting outside Truro Cathedral. ¬†Join Martin for a proper explore off the beaten track and be part of creating a route for our main get-togethers on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
 
The July Green Walk Sunday 21st July.¬†¬†After a few action-packed months of love stories, wild foods and foraging and map-making we thought a pure and simple stomp and chin-wag might be in order. ¬†Martins suggested we venture over to explore the swish new Coosebean Cycle trail that’s just been opened linking Treliske to Truro. ¬†If you haven’t seen it or don’t know what on earth I’m talking about do come along and find out, it’s a lovely new car-free trail to enjoy.
 
Finally in other news… This time next week, Truro will behold a sight never seen in the city before (and probably never again)…. ¬†A running Kloe! ¬†Well running might be a slightly misleading term in this case, more likely a Kloe more at some stumbling speed. ¬†I have gone and done something I said I never would – enter a race, in this case, Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’. ¬†I’ve decided to play to my strengths and run in the only style I’ve ever known, that is, with egg and spoon in hand. ¬†It has however been some years since my last primary school day sports day so things may have changed :S For more on my egg’n’sppon attempt, check out my page:¬†http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/kloewoodlyndorff¬†
..and for a giggle, position yourself somewhere along the race route next Sunday ūüėõ ¬†Any/all support much needed and much much appreciated. ūüôā
 
See you for some sort of gandering or stumbling at some point,
 
Best wishes,
 
Kloe
 
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks

green ganders in June – NOTE change of dates this month!

After a few days away in Sussex, was amazed at the transformation that’d taken place in the Cornish hedgerows just over the weekend – hawthorn bushes are now more flower than foliage and the elders finally in bloom. ¬†Can’t wait to get out and pick a few flowers to make elderflower bubbly, you’d hardly believe that something so easy to make could be so tasty!
 
This month have a few exciting but important dates/swaps for your diaries
For June only, our main get-together moves to the 4th Sunday (June 23rd) with the usual 3rd Sunday slot (this coming Sunday 16th June) morphing into our reccie walk to test out a route. Slots will returning to normal (1st/3rd Sundays of the month) again in July ..apologies for any confusion, hope that makes some sense! It’s worth it though, for all the faff, you’ve got a really special green walk to look forward to this month..
 
The June green walk special, Sunday 23rd – walk the legend of Tristen and Yseult…
This month we’re linking up once more with Kneehigh word witch Anna Maria Murphy as well as local poet Pol Hodge to put on an exclusive walk for the people of Truro. ¬†Follow the story cart¬†for a magical meander along Truro River with songs, poems and love letters from Kneehigh‚Äôs production of Tristan & Yseult, showing at the Hall for Cornwall at the end of the month.
Different date but same time and place 2pm outside Truro Cathedral, back for 4pm.  Event: FREE! Dress sensibly. All welcome.
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Do hope you can make it, I can’t wait!!
 
Best wishes,
Kloe
 
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks

April Antics

We’re going foraging on this months green walk – can’t wait! (details below). ¬†I’ve been making a start, collecting nettles along the hedgerows by my house and transforming the wonderfully tender spring leaves into pestos and nettle soup. ¬†Nettles are a little know superfood with much higher levels of iron than the famed spinach and contain the greatest levels of protein of any leafy green and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.. For more on the wonders on nettles (and other wild foods), here’s a great place to start:¬†http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/frank-cook-on-nettle

 
The April Green Walk. Sunday April 21st, 2-4pm.
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This month it’s your chance to explore the flavourful world of wild foods with local expert Marcus Harrison (http://www.wildfoodschool.co.uk/) leading a 2 hour tasty tour around Truros meadows and hedgerows. ¬†Bring a notepad and camera to record plant IDs and dress sensibly. ¬†For this month only places on our walk will be limited to 15. ¬†This is to allow for effective teaching and learning with a small charge of ¬£3 per place to cover costs. ¬†Booking essential.¬†¬†If you’d like a space, ping over an email with your name and a contact number to:¬†trurogreenwalks@gmail.com. Event on facebook:¬†http://www.facebook.com/events/593801437298803/
 
Plant your Park – update
A year ago I set up a community gardening project called Plant your Park to give green walkers and other local residents a chance to grow a few green fingers and dabble in the world of plants, particularly of the edible variety¬†while also giving YOU the chance to design and transform a small part of your city centre. ¬†Its been wonderful! ¬†We dug, mulched and weeded the old park border before filling it with ‘plants with a purpose’ – plants that have a function beyond beauty, being edible, fantastic for local wildlife or medicinal. ¬†We learnt how to make our own trellis and even a living willow archway which unfortunately died an early death after someones drunken antics. ¬†A year on and we’re going from strength to strength, taking on a new area through the subway on Worths Quay and putting together on a brand new Mayoral bee garden on Furniss Island which we’ll be making a start on¬†this Saturday 13th April!!¬†¬†Whether you’ve been involved in PYP before or are a complete newbie to the project, do pop down and join us! ¬†For more details, see below…
 
Wildlife Day. Saturday 13th April. 10am-2pm.
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This Saturday 13th April, the Friends of Furniss Island and the Plant your Park project are hosting a wildlife themed activity day!

Between 10 Р11am we will be exploring bats!  Your chance to meet Norman the bat and be part of installing Furniss Islands brand new bat boxes!   Sue and Chris from the Cornwall Bat Group will be giving a talk on bats, their conservation with ideas on what you can do to help.

Then from 11am-1pm we will be starting work on a new Mayoral Bee Garden on Furniss Island.¬† Part of Mayor Lindsay Southcombes ‘Year of the Bee’, this specially designed garden will provide much-needed habitat, rich with bee friendly plants.¬† The garden is being designed by Lindsay with the help of Probus-based gardener Adam Carveth who will be on hand to oversee work.¬† To make it a reality we need helping hands to come along and be part build this wonderful new haven for bees!¬† There will be small and BIG jobs from hedge cutting to digging and tidying to suit all abilities! ¬†All tools and equipment provided.

Finally from 1pm, there will be a well-earnt community picnic to feed hungry bellies!  Everyone bring and tasty dish and drink to share.  A great opportunity to meet local residents and find out about the friends and Plant your Park project.

Everyone welcome. Event totally FREE! Pop along and dip into any/all of the days activities!  For more info:friendsoffurnissisland@gmail.com.  Find attached the poster, feel free to share with friends.

 

That’s it for now, give me a shout via: trurogreenwalks@gmail.com
 
Cheers, 
Kloe
 
Head Coordinator
Truro Green Walks

green walks gatherings through March

Reckon I’ve broken all tardy records with this months post. ¬†Away in Sussex at the mo where time seems to have sped up about 10 fold – rather missing the slightly slower pace back in the South West..

About to head out for a day exploring the Wild Foods of the South East so will keep this a short one – (much to your relief I’m sure).
1. Mothers Day Special
Back in October a bunch of us headed out to Boscawen Park to plant daffs in dedication to our mums ..and this Sunday is the time to find out if our efforts have paid off and hopefully show off our green fingered handy work. ¬†For those of you who didn’t make it to the bulb planting, it’s still a lovely opportunity to spend some quality time with your mum along a gentle gander. ¬†Route-maestro Martin will be leading this walk this Sunday 10th March (Mothers Day) starting at 2pm outside Truro Cathedral. ¬†The gander time and terrain will be tailored to you and yours mums depending on what you fancy – with optional tea stops along the way.
2. the March green walk – Spring Clean Truro
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This month have linked up with a number of community groups around Truro to put on a special event as part of Clean Cornwall week 2013. ¬†It’s chance for local residents from around Truro and from different groups to get together for an afternoons social while giving the city we share a spring clean! ¬†We will be visiting a number of known grotspots around the city and transforming them with the help of litter grabbers and bin bags. ¬†Many hands make light work, the more people that come along the more grotspots we can get rid of! ¬†So do join us from 2-4.30pm on Sunday 17th March, starting at Truro Cathedral. ¬†All equipment provided by Clean Cornwall. ¬†Dress sensibly. ¬†The afternoon will finish at Highertown Church where there’ll be cuppas and cake galore to reward all attendees – kindly hosted by the environmental group at Highertown Church from 4.30pm.
Do hope you can make it! ¬†As an aside – the 17th is Paddys day – as an Irish gal meself, I’ll be marking the day by dressing in green for my own rather random litter picking paddys parading – if anyone else would like to join me by wearing something green, please do! ūüôā ¬†Also have attached the poster for this event – please forward on to friends, family and anyone else you’d like to spam.
Rightio, better get the wellies on – it’s looking like the wild foods and I will be getting a good washing out there today!
Natter soon,
Kloe
Head Coordinator
Truro Green Walks

The February Green Walk

Hellloooo,

 
We have sun!!..well a sprinkling at least. ¬†How good it feels to close the eyes and feel those warm rays on ones face ..I turn into some sort of manic lizard in this weather – tearing out the door to bask whenever a crack in the cloud appears! ¬†A couple of weekends ago in the depths of Cornwalls attempt at Winter, my boyfriend and I were looking for something to bring a bit of sunshine to the grey. ¬†We stumbled on Gorse wine – as you do! ¬†On a trip back from Constantine we filled a basket-ful of the bright yellow flowers needed. ¬†All sounds very romantic until you realise it involved two hours being battered by Cornish mizzle (Cornish rain for those unfamiliar with the term) while being attacked by the retched spikes. ¬†Anyway so bit of boiling and much bubbling later, we now have a demijohn of¬†glorious¬†golden wine sat brewing on our kitchen¬†windowsill¬†– which to bleary morning eyes doesn’t look too dissimilar to some soft sun streaming through the window. ¬†I just hope after all – this stuff’s going to be drinkable – will keep you posted ūüôā ¬†Onto this Sundays get-together..
 
The February Green Walk.¬†¬†This February, discover¬†what wonderful wildlife calls Truro home too!¬†Led by two local wildlife experts, Phil Harris from the Cornwall Butterfly Society and Jacqueline Merrick from Cornwall Mammal Group, this month is your chance to learn a bit about what diverse and fascinating wildlife we share our city with and show there’s always lots to see – even in February!

All welcome. Walk FREE (of course)! Bring binoculars, ID books and wrap up warm! Start and finishing as ever from Truro Cathedral 2-4pm.  RSVP via the event page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/495214777190957/

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Watching dippers skim along the River Kenwyn on last years wildlife walk