Over the last six weeks, Richard at Treraven Farm has been clearing a large patch of brambles ready for new native trees to be planted this Autumn. It has been hard work as the brambles were extremely thik but luckily we were able to use new equipment brought for the purpose thanks to a grant from the Cornwall TEVI project. We have also been able to use Tafi, the small tractor owned by the Camel Community Supported Agriculture group who have set up beside the car park. You can see a short video of Richard's hardwork here https://youtu.be/mpFG_gwcVmE
The new trees that will be planted this Autumn have been supplied by the Woodland Trust and will create new woodland habitat an, over time, will absorb the carbon footprint of 20 people at current average per person rate of carbon emmissions in Cornwall.
The Gaia Trust's application for a new Countryside Stewardship Agreement at Treraven has been approved and begins on January 1st 2020.
Matt Edworthy, the Gaia Trust's Director says "we are delighted with this news and can begin to implement our plans which will allow us to improve our soils, create more valuable wildlife habitat and continue delivering access and education for the public, whilst still productively farming".
Key elements of he Agreement are grass and herb rich leys that improve soil condition and pasture habitat for wildlife, field corners taken out of management, low input grasslands and leaving rye grass to seed as over wintering food for birds. We will continue our hedge management, but also lay some stretches and repair some of the traditional stone faced hedge banks.