Cornworthy Oak Tree Project

Cornworthy

From : Nicky - AONB

The Parish Council in Cornworthy asked us to get involved in a fantastic project for which they had received some money from the Heritage Lottery fund.

The project was based around the new Village Green outside the Village Hall. It is a very small patch of land but in a beautiful spot, with an amazing 400 year old English Oak tree growing in the centre of it.

Part of the funding was to repair the old stone retaining wall around the green, which was collapsing. Walling experts from South Hams DC came and worked with 3 local people to fix the damage. They spent the whole week on the scheme and learned a great new skill.

Children from Harbertonford primary school, where the village children attend, were invited to come along for a Victorian Day. The Hall used to be the village school and the children met some of the villagers who had attended there when they were youngsters. Everyone was dressed in Victorian costumer, even the teachers! We had a great day, looking at the local history and finding out more about the tree. Over the next few weeks, we also did some art work and wrote Haikus inspired by the Oak.

The playgroup were involved in a Special Places project which had them looking at the Village around the Hall, and why they thought it was special. They made peg fairies and hid them out around the Green for the Celebration Day.

On the day of the celebration, in July, just over 200 people came and took part. Everybody enjoyed lovely cream teas provided by the village WI, laughed at a traditional Punch and Judy show, took part in art activities, and found out more about the project.

The project has been really successful, due in most part to the enthusiasm of Elizabeth, the parish clerk, who co-ordinated it all from the Village end.

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Cornworthy Oak Tree Project

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