The site is closed until April but work doesn't stop. Though there are no major projects planned , such as last season's new hard standing pitches, regular maintenance is still an essential part of running a camp site. A critical part of this is trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Now that we are outside of the bird nesting season and the hedges have finished fruiting, our road hedges have just been trimmed by a professional contractor. There's much more to it than just sitting in a tractor cab!
A typical Cornish hedge is a hybrid between a stone wall and an earth bank. It has an earth core, faced each side with local stone, usually tapered with an inward curve from the base to half-way up, with the top being half the width of the bottom. This is vital for the stability of the hedge structure.
We don't trim all of our hedges. Some within the site are deliberately left to act as shelter and provide a habitat for our wildlife.
Only doing essential trimming allows wildlife to survive in the untrimmed areas and to recolonise before the next cut.