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Controlled burning of Sancreed Beacon heather is first in 60 years

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

Controlled burning of Sancreed Beacon heather is first in 60 years

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The first controlled burning of healthland in 60 years has taken place at Sancreed Beacon.

The burning has been carried out by owners the Cornwall Heritage Trust as part of a plan to improve heather regeneration and control gorse and scrub invasion.

A spokesman for the trust said: “With the bird nesting season about to start it was the last opportunity for the Trust to carry out burning this year as part of a Stewardship Agreement with the National Agency, Natural England.

“Firebreaks had been cut earlier in the year and with the vegetation at last dry enough, conditions were deemed right.”

Helped by volunteers from Sancreed the burn was well attended and undertaken under the direction of local experts Stuart Coleman, Greg Humphries and Martin Rule.

“It all went very well,” said Tony Hole, a Sancreed Parish Councillor and Cornwall Heritage Trust Trustee.

“Unfortunately the wind changed direction during the burn which meant some of Sancreed village was affected by the smoke and the Trust apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

“Although the burnt area has temporarily changed the look of the eastern part of the Beacon, in a couple of months new grass will ‘flush-up’ which will be ideal for the ponies who were introduced on to the hill last year,” said Mike Hawkey, the property trustee. “With areas cleared of scrub mechanically earlier in the winter the Beacon is now far more accessible for local people to use.”

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