Restoring the Willow Carr – Justin Whitehouse speaks to BBC Radio Cornwall

In December, Justin Whitehouse (National Trust) was interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall about our recent efforts to restore natural flooding to the Willow Carr, woodland area, below Helston. The Willow Carr project will improve habitat for the benefit of local plant species and animals such as the otter.

One element of the project involved laying underground pipes. Now, when the River Cober rises to a certain level, pressure and risk of flooding elsewhere is alleviated by allowing water to run a more natural course, through the pipes into the woodland.

The resulting habitat is both beautiful and unique, draped in ferns and lichen, and is home to some fantastic wildlife. We are very excited to announce that otters can once again be seen in the area, as well as many extraordinary bird species.


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