Rural Reflections

UK Space Agency rules out a move to Cornwall, as Boris Johnson’s Kernow Sat project is yet to progress from the think tank

By Graham Smith The UK Space Agency has confirmed that it has no plans to relocate to Cornwall.  The idea was floated by St Austell and Newquay MP Steve...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s new cases seem to be stabilising at a figure higher than average, with G7 “hotspots” remaining areas of concern

By Anne North Cornwall’s average rate of Covid infection appears to be stabilising, with the latest data reporting 150.2 cases per 100,000 population.  This is still higher than the...

Record rise in sheep worrying, as farmers blame Covid for increased dog ownership

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Sheep farmers have reporting a record-breaking increase in cases of livestock worrying by dogs. A major survey by the National Sheep Association has seen a 460%...

Green Party to contest Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner election for the first time

By Peter Tremayne The Green Party is to contest the Police and Crime Commissioner elections for Devon and Cornwall. It will be the first time the party has fielded...

Covid-19: 24 new cases confirmed in Cornwall and a few fluctuations on the cluster map

By Anne North Cornwall has recorded another 24 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to NHS data. The cluster map shows little change, with Lelant and Carbis...

Councillors called to briefing about the disease threatening Cornwall’s ash trees

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Councillors are being urged to attend a special briefing about ash die-back, a fungal disease which is threating Cornwall’s trees. The briefing, scheduled for Friday 10th...

“Give 16-year-olds the vote in Cornwall Council’s 2021 local elections” urge councillors

By Anne North Cornwall Council will be asked next week to renew its campaign for lowering the voting age to 16, in time for the local elections in 2021....

How is your food stockpile? No-Deal Brexit is now only 9 days away

By Graham Smith Whitehall mandarins have been warning for months that Cornwall will be one of the first, and worst affected areas if Britain crashes out of the European...

Cornwall Council completes its takeover of NHS children’s and family services

By Peter Tremayne The shake-up in the provision of Cornwall’s health visitors, school nurses and specialist speech and language therapists comes into effect today (Monday) as County Hall completes...

Why badgers should take extra care on the A38, and why I miss the sight of a squashed hedgehog

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE 1st June 2018 Driving back to Cornwall the other day, I noticed the aftermath of...

Cornwall’s dairy farmers invited to New Year NFU conference

29th December 2017By Anne NorthCornwall’s dairy farmers are being urged to attend a special New Year conference to hear about the latest developments in their industry.Cornwall is traditionally one...

Not for sale

Among the many things they get up to at County Hall, one operation which I can unhesitatingly single out for praise (yes, you did read that correctly) is the...

My Blue Remembered Hills

Lots of clever people with much better qualifications than me have written about the importance of landscape to memory.  All I can say is that I agree with them. Last...

Wildlife policy in an environment free of facts

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the then Secretary of State for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, at the...

Harvest home

It’s official – summer ends today.  And once again I have failed to harvest nature’s bounty from the garden: the redcurrants and blackcurrants remain unpicked, the birds ate all...

Revolutionaries in green wellies

You have to wade through a fair amount of fertiliser in this game (journalism, I mean) but this weekend’s government announcement that it would guarantee European Union farm subsidies...

An apple a day

It looks like it’s going to be an excellent year for my apples. I got the trees pruned hard last year – for the first time in decades –...

Betting our hedges

I think that if there is one element of the countryside which defines rural Cornwall, it is our hedges. They mark ownership boundaries. They stop livestock escaping from fields....

Too easily ensnared by ignorance

When I moved into this house 30 years ago, one of the first curios which I noticed the previous owners had left behind, hanging on a shed wall, was...

Be careful out there

Life in rural Cornwall, particularly for anyone involved in agriculture, is often portrayed as a battle against wild animals. Any beast which competes with us for space and resources,...