Popular open day for woodland group
ST IVES community initiative The Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve held its annual open day last week under blue skies.
After the cancellation of the previous date due to bad weather, last Sunday's hot sunshine led to a record attendance that made up for the hasty reorganisation of the planned events, said the organisers.
The Steeple Woodland Project (SWP) Group, which manages the reserve, set up a small marquee on the site of the old reservoir where refreshments were served with the help of St Ives Scout group.
The events kicked off just after 2pm with music from SWP chairman Gavin Nicol on guitar, son Treve on percussion and daughter Sylvie and friend Sascha on vocals.
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Storyteller Mark Harandon then led a walk around part of the nature reserve, telling tales including one involving John Knill, the one time Mayor of St Ives, who bequeathed Knill's Steeple to the town, and possible buried treasure.
Duchy College lecturer and green woodworker Phil Harris brought along his woodworking tools and oversaw some of the youngsters carving and whittling willow to make various items.
Local tree surgeon and expert Mark Nankervis took a large group around the mature Steeple Woods and then over the more recently planted area below Knill's Monument, explaining how the reserve had evolved over recent years and talking about the trees on the site.
Virtuoso pipe player Alan Burton who, along with Gavin, make up two-thirds of world music trio Tyn Daga, were joined by Treve on percussion for more music.
Also attending was the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan roadshow with Ric Waller of the steering group on hand to speak to people about how they can have their say on shaping their community.
Kim Nichol said: "The SWP group are extremely happy with how the open day went and are very grateful to those who gave their time and effort to make the day such a success, particularly the local Scouts who worked tirelessly on the drinks table and Martin Brownfield, of the Co-op store, Tregenna Place, St Ives, who kindly donated tea, coffee, milk and fruit juice."
The Wednesday work parties at the nature reserve continue, meeting at the wooden gate on Steeple Lane at 9.30am.
The group has also produced a 2014 calendar. Copies of the calendar, price £7, are available at http://steeplewoods.org/