THE ISLES OF SCILLY ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST
An Excellent Result
At long last, the rolls of polyester film collected from the Cita's cargo
have been taken off the Islands. Over two hundred rolls have been
sent to Berwick on Tweed, to be cut up and made into pellets. The
pellets will then travel back down to the Midlands, where they will be
spun into hollow fibre for duvets and coat fillings. It is a tremendous
relief to see the end of this unhappy saga and it is also pleasing to think
that the material is to be recycled instead of being burnt. The Trust
has to thank Mr Chris Jones of the Bell Rock Hotel for locating the contacts
which finally achieved this excellent result. With the whole rolls
of polyester removed, the remaining unravelled film will be collected as
During January and February, the Trust will be cutting various stands
of gorse. All the areas being controlled are sites where native flora
is being masked. Some areas, such as Bant's Carn, are also rich in archaeological
features and there is a danger of these being damaged by the gorse roots.
The cut areas soon heal over and there is then the opportunity for the
original flora to re-establish once again. At Mount Todden and Helvear
there are already signs of Campion, Foxglove and the small blue Milkwort.
The removal of the moribund gorse also dramatically reduces the risk of
fire. At both these sites there are Civil War Batteries and strategic
The Trust is endeavouring to provide a comprehensive network of footpaths
on St Mary's. Increased traffic has emphasised the need to create
a number of links, in order to ensure that walkers can reach all parts
of the island safely. Two years ago, we were able to extend the Lower
Moors Nature Trail into the fields along Rose Hill and this path has already
proved very popular. Now, with the help of the Duchy of Cornwall
and a number of volunteers, two further extensions are to be made.
One is to take the path inside the first field from Rocky Hill along Porthloo
Lane and the second is through the field opposite the Porthloo Pond.
The first link will give pedestrians the chance to pass a dangerous corner
separate from the traffic, and the second part will give a new perspective
of the pond and open wetland. Both paths will be surfaced so that
they assist people who find walking difficult. The short length between
the two fields will still mean walking on the roadside, but here we will
try to increase the verge to make a path along the hedge. Jan. 98
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