Conservation volunteers join forces to maintain rare plant reintroduction site on Loe Pool

By Bethany Rossiter

A very sunny Thursday 17th May played host to another successful ‘Loe Pool Make-a-Difference’ day, which saw groups of volunteers from Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild Cober’ group and Penrose volunteers, work together to help maintain the strapwort site on Carminowe Creek.

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This work, which has been funded by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is part of the plan to reintroduce strapwort to Loe Pool. Strapwort is a critically endangered plant, that is currently only found at one site in the UK- Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. Loe Pool has been identified the most suitable site for strapwort introduction, as it has the ideal habitat for the plant and as strapwort grew here up until the early 20th century. More information about the reintroducing strapwort can be found here.

The next ‘Loe Pool Make-a-Difference’ day will be held on the 19th July, and will aim to tackle the Himalayan Balsam on the Cober. Anyone who is interested in taking part in these Make-a-Difference days can contact Calum (Penrose Ranger) on calum.mcintosh@nationaltrust.org.uk

More information about other volunteering roles can be found here

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