Springing into the New Year!



Events list – Jan-April 2013

Here’s a whistle-stop tour of what green walks adventures are in store for the first few months of 2013…





Sunday 20th

History Walk. Christine Parnell from the Truro Old Cornwall Society will be taking us back in time to discover Truros historical city centre.


Sunday 17th

Nature Walk. Make sure to bring your binoculars as we’ll be swapping local history for Natural history with a bird walk along the River Fal, lead by a local wildlife expert. 


Sunday 10th

Mothers Day walkFor March we have a extra, special walk in store for Mothers Day.  Spend some quality time with your mum enjoying an amble along the River walk at Boscowen where we’ll be re-visiting bulbs we planted for our mums back in October last year, which hopefully will then have burst into bloom!  

Sunday 17th

Spring Clean Truro. For our usual third-Sunday-of-the-month get-together we’ll be joining forces with other community groups in Truro for a BIG city Spring clean as part of Clean Cornwall week.  As it’s St.Patricks day, green-themed fancy dress may be in order!


Sunday 21st

Wild Foods walk. We’ll be filling baskets with wonderful wild foods fresh from Truro hedgerows on a foraging walk with local expert Marcus Harrison.  Places on this walk are free but limited so if you’d like a space, make sure to book soon! 



2013 time travelling

Happy New Year! 🙂  hope you had a fab festive break.  I was in London for New Years, wowey fireworks but part of me wishes I’d spent it in Cornwall and swapped the epic queues, sharp elbows and hot, stuffy tubes for something rather more chilled..  What and/or where’s your ultimate Cornish New Years?..would love to hear any suggestions to keep in store for NY 2014!
January Green Walk Sunday 20th.  We’ll be starting a New Year by going back a few to explore times gone by.  Christine Parnell from the Truro Old Cornwall Society will be leading a gentle stroll around Truros historical city centre, looking back at the city through the ages to discover how Truro became what it is today.  Pick up fascinating facts and stories about local buildings, streets and monuments – sure to impress friends down the pub or family visiting!  Anna Maria Murphy from Cornwalls Kneehigh theatre will also be joining us to collect and share tales and local legends..
Meeting as ever – 2pm in front of Truro Cathedral, back for 4pm.
NOTE: There will be NO test stroll this month, as Christine has a route planned, so no reccieing required.
Finally if you’re got any burning requests for a particular place you’d like to explore or local subject you’d like to learn more about in 2013 let me know as this years itinerary is filling up fast.
Hope to see you on the 20th!
Head Coordinator
Truro Green Walks


stew, wreaths, crooning and 2013!‏

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Thanks to everyone who made it along to yesterdays gander and festive get-together ..twas a really lovely afternoon.  The Lychgate room at Kenywn Church – such a cosy venue for our festive gathering – we filled with wonderful mix of stew, winter tart, home-baked breads, stolen and Christmas scones – thank goodness we’d done the walking before, only just made it the few metres over to Kenywn Church for carols afters.  Along with the munching, we crafted festive wreaths out of a gorgeous mix of greenery collect on our gander.

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This was the last green walk of 2012 – and what a year its been ..we’ve explored spring, summer and autumn wild foods, learnt about local wildlife and Truro leats system, got digging and planted bulbs at Boscowen, picked litter for Clean Cornwall week, enjoyed a relaxation walk with Stella Azurra and ooh-ed and ahh-ed at spring flowers at Calenick ..the list goes on 🙂   Also it’s just dawned on me that we’ve finished a year of green walks the same place we started – at Kenywn church!  A few of you may remember back the very first back in Jan, where we met with John – the church warden at Kenywn who spoke with us about the Living Churchyard project they’re involved in.  All of the above would not happen without you all coming along for a natter and gander ..thanks for sharing your stories, your chat – it’s been such a treat to get to know you over the year.  Also am very lucky to have a really fantastic team of volunteer walk leaders – Jeremy (and Penny), Martin, and Birgit …you really are the bee knees – thanks for all your time and sorry about the many muddy boots and damp socks 😛
Really excited about next year and what all the gandering adventures possible ..already had many suggestions coming in for things you’d like to see and do in 2013 – if you’ve got any do send ’em in!
The next green walk will take place on Sunday January 20th, with the test walk for this on Jan 6th if you’d like to come along and reccie a route.  After the leats walk in the summer went down rather well I thought we could venture out and explore some more local history ..what dya say??  Have a chew over ideas over your Christmas feasting!
Right quite enough from me – have me last dose of Breton dancing of the year tonight – got to go and get me dancing shoes on!
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and hope to see you for a gentle New Years gander on Jan 6th 🙂

festive fun through December


Hope you haven’t been washed away since my last post and this finds you warm and dry!  To start I wanted to share with you a wee story..
 A friend has just come back from two weeks in India.  She told me a bit her visit this morning.  Along with the vivid, colourful fabrics and spices you see in all the magazines, she talked about how making money and shopping seemed the only thing anyone and everyone wanted to do.  She saw how the huge industry feeding such high consumption had turned the sky into a grey cloudy smog.  Today, her first day back in Cornwall was the first time she’d seen blue sky since she left (thought thinking about that probably goes for us too! :S).
 We asked ourselves why this global rush to become ‘Westernized’, I mean why work epic hours to buy and consume epic amounts of stuff when it all too often gives us nothing more than depression and diabetes?  We also thought about all the things that can get left behind in this rush, the traditions, cultures, local knowledge and connections, family, friends even…?  That cloudy polluted sky my friend saw, the stuff that spills from our houses and into storage and the roads of Cornwall and Devon that this week turned into rivers …it’s all connected.  Thinking about all these connections between the things we do and what effects they may have, can all too often be rather head-ache inducing.  I find it thrilling.  The big old jacket that I’ve had cut and shaped to fit me, means no more materials have had to be pulled from the ground to make a new one.  The 5 carrots I grew in a pot by the house this summer, means 5 less carrots I’ve had to depend on the others to provide for me.  Small things yes, but both have given me such joy and brought me together with fantastic people on my doorstep who have taught me skills which I can now use ..and importantly in their own small ways these things give me a chance to really play a part in keeping me and the planet I share a little healthier.  Green walks are our chance to explore these connections, meet people on our doorstep, share skills and learn about our local area while having enjoying a gander.
Rightio that’s quite enough waffle, now onto some action!  Here’s Decembers line-up of festive fun to look forward to!
Community gardening party. Sunday 2nd Dec @ 11-1pm, Furniss Island, Truro.  As well as giving the main Plant your Park community garden the once over so its looking its best for Christmas, this Sunday we’ll be moving onto pastures new ..heading under the subway to give the wee patch of greenery on Worths Quay a tidy-up.  Jobs to include: pruning, mulching, removing brambles and dead branches..and more!  With lots to do, the more the merrier so do join us!  Wear sensible clothing, bring refreshments.  Tools, biccies, good chat and gardening know-how provided. 🙂
December Test Stroll.  With all the troops away this Sunday, Decembers test stroll instead of being on the usual first Sunday will for this month only take place on Sunday 9th December @ 2pm.  We will be reccie-ing a festive-foliage-filled route for Decembers get-together.  If you know of any particularly good greenery spots, do come along!
December Festive Get-together.  For this month’s get-together we’ll be collecting the ingredients to make our very home Truronian Christmas wreaths and other homely decorations.  Then stay on for an evening of wreath-making over a bring’n’share festive feast. 16th December, times: 2-4pm for the walk, 4-8pm for the festive get-together and wreath-making.  Let me know ASAP if you’d like to go, by adding your name on this Doodle poll – gives me an idea of how big a room to book us!
Rightio that’s it for now, hope to see you for some gardening on Sunday! 🙂
Natter soon,
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks


November/Festive shenanigans‏

What a gander we had last Sunday putting together this months green walk …found a monkey puzzle tree, got to know a couple locals of the horsey kind, skidded and slipped through muddy golden leaves, had a giggle at a herd of cows making a run for the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  Also welcomed Birgit – our latest addition to the green walks team – Birgit did her walk leader training recently so will be helping at the helm to steer up on our adventures through local greenery.

Have lots of goodies for you this month…
the November Green Walk 
..will take place this Sunday 18th Nov. This month, local wildlife expert Phil Harris will be joining us to talk winter wildlife exploring ancient trees and local bird life on a lovely gander out in the St.Clement/Malpas area. Bring binoculars, ID books, your own know-how to impress! Also being rather damp this time of year – bring rain jackets, wellies and brollies to stay warm and dry. Meeting at Truro Cathedral at 2pm, back for 4pm – as ever 🙂  RSVP on the facebook event page if you’re coming so have an idea of numbers.
Tree planting for Dig Together Day!
..will take place on Saturday 24th November @ 10am @ Treyew School as part of the RHS national Dig Together Day initiative. Planting will take place along the school playing field and will provide shelter for the children and habitat for wildlife.  Richard Argall who’s co-ordinating the event says he’s keen for anyone who has not planted a tree before to come along, but with lots of be planted the more the merrier!  Wear wellies and bring a spade if you have one, if not there will be some spare tools knocking about.
X-mas get-together
Technically leaving November behind but wanted to see what you thought about having a bit of a festive green walks get-together – if you’re up for it gives me time to get rooms booked!  The idea:  For Decembers green walk collect the ingredients to make your very home Truronian Christmas wreath.  Afterwards get-together for an evening of wreath-making (and other festive decor!) over a bring’n’share festive feast. Those interested would bring a dish or a drink to leave in a cosy festive green walks venue in the heart of Truro, that we would re-heat/prepare straight after the walk.  Date: 16th December, rough time(s): 2-4pm as usual for the walk, 4-8pm for the festive get-together and wreath-making.  Let me know ASAP if you’d like to go, by adding your name on this Doodle poll – gives me an idea of how big a room to book us!
Rightio that’s it for now,
Natter soon,
Head Co-ordinator
Truro Green Walks

October Antics

Sorry this is getting to you a bit later than normal ..this month has been running away with itself!
First and foremost, this months exciting get-together 😀
Plant a daff for your mum!
October brings the first of a two-part Mothers day green walk special!  Come along this Sunday 21st, for a lovely amble along Truro River to Boscowen Park and plant a daff dedicated to your mum which we’ll then re-visit on a special Mothers Day walk on March 10th 2013. Might seem like a long way off but to show your mum the daff you planted for her, bulbs need to be tucked on before the Winter.  Fentongollen bulb Farm have kindly sponsored all the bulbs for the event – 400 in total, which means LOTS of flowers to dedicate to lots of mums so do spread the word to friends and family – all welcome!  With bulb planting season on us, it’s also a great chance to learn a bit about bulbs and how to plant them with a local gardening expert on hand to take us through the do’s and don’ts.  All tools provided. Event totally free!  Make sure to wear sensible clothes. You can RSVP via the event page on facebook too.  Meeting at Truro Cathedral at 2pm, back for 4pm.  If this is your first green walk, you’ll need to fill out a walking for heath questionnaire pop, so if you could pop along a bit before 2 to get this out of the way that’d be great.   Hope to see you on Sunday! 😀
Fancy an evening of green glitz and glamour??
We’ve been invited along to the Cornwall in Bloom awards this Thursday 18th at the Eden Project.
ImageIf you’d like to come along to represent truro green walks, there are still some spaces left!  Should be a fun evening, a chance to hear about inspiring projects and meet like-minded people across the county and enjoy a cheeky drink or two!  If you’d like to go, let me know asap and I’ll get your name down.
Become a Green Walks walk leader. 
Fancy joining Martin, Jeremy and I as a volunteer walk leader for green walks??  Tis a great way of getting some fab experience volunteering as part of a local community project and not only that but you’ll get full training and certification as walk leader under the Walking for Heath Scheme which looks great on our wall and the CV.  Annnd did I mention you’ll get your very own stylish green walks t-shirt!  If interested, ping me an email for more info or come and chat on Sunday.  I’ll need to know by next Monday 22nd Oct to make sure you’ll get a space on the next training day which will take place in St.Austell on November 1st.
In other greenery…
Unveiling and Gardening Party event.
ImageMayor of Truro, Lindsey Southcombe, will be officially unveiling the fantastic new Friends of Furniss Island community noticeboard this Saturday 20th at 11am.  The unveiling will be followed by a Gardening Party on the Plant your Park community growing plot.  Main activities for the afternoon will be tidying up and putting the border to bed for the winter.  Gardening experts will also be on hand, making this a great opportunity to pick up some tips and techniques for getting your own garden ready for the Winter!  We’ll be doing a wee bit of planting too to fill a few gaps so if you’ve got any spare plants you’d like to give a new home to – let me know. All tools provided, just bring yourself.
Rightio that’s it for now,
Natter soon 🙂
Head Coordinator
Truro Green Walks

September Adventures

What a cracking line-up you have to look forward to this month!


September ‘test slot’ special – Movement in Nature walk. 
With the route for Septembers main get-together decided the test walk slot was looking rather redundant so thought I’d take the opportunity and organise something a bit different for you to try!  Soo this Sunday (2nd Sept) you’ll have the chance to indulge an innovative movement in nature session!   We’ll be joined by dance and bodywork specialist – Stella Azzurra (see below) who will guide us through an explore of some of the connections between our bodies and our environment, taking time to slow down, to observe, to listen and to feel connected.  The walk will include all the usual gandering as well some other simple physical exercises – nothing too challenging don’t worry!
Stella Azzurra is a dance and bodywork practitioner whose practice investigates the body and awareness. Her work is currently focusing on evolutionary movement and the connections between body systems and earth systems. For more on Stella, check out her website: http://www.stellaazzurra.org/
Meeting at the same time and place as ever, 2pm in front of Truro Cathedral, back for 4pm.  Session free but booking essential – only 15 spaces going!..get yours quick!  email trurogreenwalks@gmail.com to book. You can also RSVP on event page on facebook.
2. the September Green Walk
Got a great one lined up for you this month!  Richard Budge – head of Parks and Gardens in Truro will be taking us on a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the intriguing leats systems in Truro. A fantastic chance to learn about this intricate network of water ways that run through the city centre. Find out where they came from, why they were built and how they work. One not to be missed!  As ever meeting at 2pm in front of Truro Cathedral, back for 4pm. Don’t forget sensible shoes, layers and waterproofs if needs be.  Also free! RSVP on the event page on facebook.
As ever do invite friends/family/neighbours, dogs and determined cats welcome too!
Lastly got a couple of other green goodies you might be interested in..
Raw Food festival.  Festival just outside Truro celebrating food of the raw variety this weekend with music and yoga/pilates classes and massages for a proper chillout!  I’m going along to see what all this uncooked malarkey is about, will be volunteering in the Raw Food kitchen Saturday morning, pop by say hi! 🙂
Community tea party.Local community group Friends of Furniss Island which I’m involved in are throwing a fundraiser tea party on Saturday September 15th @ 11am-3pm on Furniss Island park.  Come along and find out a bit more about the group and what shinagans we’ve been up to, there’ll be Cornish music, games and a Plant your Park gardening party on the plot from 1-3pm.

August goodies..

..and what a lot there are for you to enjoy this month!

Community gardening get-together Sunday 5th August.  Start your Sunday with a glass of juice, a biccie and some relaxing gardening on the Plant your Park plot on Furniss Island. As ever there’ll be green-fingered tips to learn and calories to burn as we roll the sleeves up and get stuck into a good ‘auld gardening sesh. Join us between 10-1pm. Tools provided as ever but do bring along any of your own you’d like. Also donations of any ‘plants with a purpose’ for the boarder always welcome!! 🙂


from weeding, to planting, digging and pruning ..there’ll be stuff to busy green fingers big n small and all abilities

a strolling back the years August test walk.  Stroll back the years and green walks will be joining forces this month to give you Truros’ first ever stroll back the years green walk! This is a great opportunity to find out more about the group and discover what great free ganders they’ve got on offer!  Head Walks leader Diane will be joining us this Sunday 5th August @2pm (in front of Truro Cathedral) to reccie a route for our third Sunday get-together.  As ever the test stroll is a fantastic way to really be part of shaping what we see and do and the places we explore in green walks.  Please note though, as test walk routes have often not been done before – we can’t be sure of exactly what terraine we’ll be covering, obstacles along the way and how long we’ll be out for – may be just over the normal 2 hour slot so if you’re less steady on your feet or time may be an issue stick out for the final walk on the 19th when we’ll be able to tell you what to expect 🙂 Hope to see you this Sunday for some real exploring off the beaten-track!


come along for a gentle lunchtime gander at the Be Active festival

Green Walks @ the Be Active Festival.  As part of Truros Be Active Festival running 6-11th August we’re putting on a 30 min lunchtime special on Wednesday 8th.  This is a fantastic chance to get outdoors for some light exercise, fresh air and chat over your lunchbreak.  Part of the Healthy Workplace day – this gander will highlight just how much you can explore and what a great little workout one can enjoy over your lunch-hour!  No need to book, just turn up midday Wednesday 8th, we’ll be meeting at the Cornwall Sports Partnership tent.

August Green Walk Sunday 19th.  Truro Camera Club will be joining us this month to capture some greenery on film!  This is a great chance to find out more about the group, talk with members and glean some tips and techniques on photography along the way.  Do bring along your own camera if you have one!  Meeting 2pm in front of Truro Cathedral, back for 4pm.

For more on any of the above, email: trurogreenwalks@gmail.com.

bye to July

What a month its been for green walks!  Thought I’d bring together a few nice piccies from this months greenery..

July 1st – Kick started the month with a Stroll to Newmills


Jeremys famous hats made their appearance! 


gandering out towards Newmills through some gorgeous Cornish countryside..and so close to the city centre!

July 11-14th – donned the festival gear to help celebrate garden greenery locally at the Garden Truro festival


had lots of interest! 🙂


some gorgeous mini-green spaces made local school kids at the festival

July 14th – Threw a Plant your Party Summer Gardening Party on Furniss Island as part of the Garden Truro festivities


spreading the word from the wonderful Wandering Daphnes floral garland


admiring the results of a great days gardening on the plot – thanks to all who made it!

July 15th – Summer Wild Foods Course with Marcus Harrison


Marcus teaching us about MeadowSweet ..smells ammazing!


we even had a four legged student join us to pick up some foraging tips!

July 31st – finished the month with an ideas share at the Truro in Bloom tent ..always love to hear requests/suggestions of stuff you’d like to see and do on green walks ..stick any in an email and ping over to: trurogreenwalks@gmail.com


the idea plants made their appearance at the Truro in Bloom tent on Lemon Quay

Julys Plant your Park Gardening Party


The Plant your Park plot is coming along nicely..

The Rhubarb has been growing like nothing else since we gave it a cosy woven willow fence, the rains probably helped too!  On Saturday we had the chance to harvest Furniss Islands very first Rhubarb 😀  Check out Luke in action below..


Luke harvesting the the first of our Rhubarb

The bees are loving all the pollinator-friendly plants


spot the bee!

Trevena Cross Nurseries and Tressillian Garden Centre generously donated some gorgeous plants for the boarder ..they’re now setting in nicely to their new home


not looking too bad ‘eh!

Thanks to all who made it, particularly John, Richard and Luke for all their elbow-grease and expertise! 🙂  Everyone’s efforts are really starting to pay off – the plot’s looking fab! – pats on yer backs! 🙂