As the mist began to lift, ice melted and the sun began to ascend on a beautiful crisp morning Volunteers descended on Dunsland from all over the South West to learn some new skills. They planted, pruned and mulched their way through the day with expert advice on hand from Chris Groves (Gardener at Cotehele) and Gregg Wilson (Ranger from Hartland).
This magical location once hosted Dunsland House and estate, which were purchased by the National Trust in 1954 and restored to their former glory over 13 years. Only the out buildings now remain as a tragic and still unexplained fire ravaged the house in 1967. Although the house could not be saved, Dunsland estate remains a mystical site for me, not only is it a Site of Special Scientific Interest for it’s rare lichen and invertebrates, but it also hosts remnant ancient parkland, outbuildings, walled gardens and once contained a modest Orchard.
An Orchard once stood within the estate, but had long gone before the National Trust took ownership. A brand new Orchard, planted with the help of volunteers was subsequently created on the original site in 2003. We now have some 14 species of local varieties of Plum, Pear and Apples, which will soon be aided in their pollination through a Bee Keeping initiative on the very same site.
Thanks to everyone for a great day!