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Volunteer work day

Love Lane wildlife garden is holding a community working day

Wednesday 17th April 10am – 3pm

Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing for the day. You may wish to bring a change of clothes as it could be muddy. Waterproof, long sleeved clothing and sturdy outdoor footwear are essential.

bring lunch and drinks and come enjoy the day with us and green infrastructure for growth who have been helping us with lots of work over the winter.

new benches provided by GIFG

Our day will look a bit like this

10am Tool Talk and H&S briefing
10.15am – 11.30 Meadow surround planting with plug plants
(break) Litter pick across site
11.45 – 1pm Raking cut meadow areas

Pruning around lower entrance

1 – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45 – 3pm Pruning in woodland area to clear patch

Litterpick woodland
Mulching paths

3.15pm Clear up and congratulate the team!

everyone is welcome,

If you want to know more about PEN and maybe join then ask for Ian on the day.

PEN AGM 2019

If you are interested in the work of Pen and want to get involved with its 2 current projects Millenium woods and love lane wildlife garden then why not come to the AGM and say hello.

AGM 27th March 7:30pm Redwing gallery in Penzance

Membership fees are now due and if you want to join You can download  a copy of the PEN Membership 2019 Payments and form can be left at PEN c/o redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT UK or bring it along to the meeting

There is a sliding scale based on ability to pay:

£5 Concessional £10 INDIVIDUAL £15 COUPLE OR FAMILY


Hand form to a committee member or contact

PLease feel free to donate more towards the work of PEN

We are also looking for volunteers if you are interested please introduce yourself at the agm or contact us.

Love Lane Wildlife garden and food forest has some new benches and entry way.

Why not come along on Wednesday to our informal volunteer day 10 till 3 ish weather dependent! If it’s raining we don’t meet.

if you would like to support PEN You can download  a copy of the PEN Membership Form  bring it along on the day or  (preferably) email payments can only be made in person at the moment


Meeting 22nd February 2018

Notice of PEN Meeting on 22nd February.

Open to members and non members.

7pm Redwing Gallery, Penzance.

Please email if you are interested in attending and would like the agenda.

The charity is in need of Trustees and volunteers who are experienced and have time to invest in both Love Lane and Millennium Woods.

2017 A.G.M.

The Penwith Environmental Network 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, 30th March 2017 in the side room at the Dolphin Tavern, Quay Street, Penzance.

Midsummer update

It’s been a while since the last update (mainly due to my camera breaking)…  the recent heavy rain after a dry spell has everything at the Love Lane site looking lush.

DSC03318The wildflower meadow (above) is looking colourful…

DSC03326With a variety of poppies…

DSC03325..and other flowers, enjoyed by the insects.

DSC03291Strawberries are still producing…

DSC03297Gooseberries well on their way… are the Blackcurrants…

DSC03359..and a bumper crop of Blueberries…

DSC03375..Apples are ripening (time to thin them out a bit next week, picking off any diseased or damaged fruit, letting the trees put their energy into the good ones)…

DSC03351..and finally, at last, we have some Pears!  That almost makes up for having missed all the Cherries (the birds had them), as they had decided to ripen during Golowan week.


Here’s a quick guide to the different types of Bluebell found at Love Lane…

DSC03189Above is the native ‘english’ variety…  note the drooping stalks which give it it’s characteristic look.  It’s generally found in the woods or in shaded areas.


This is the ‘spanish’ variety…  straight stalks and flower bells all around, it’s generally found out on open ground.


Finally, above is a very rare variety, to my knowledge only found at Love Lane…  It took me a while to identify: It’s common name is ‘Bluebells attacked by a muppet with a paint spray can’.  Hopefully we won’t see too many more of these.

DSC03196This little chap is a welcome visitor, though!

Spring has Sprung

It’s official…  there are elderflowers:


We’ve taken off the lower shoots on the willow, so there are some withies in the making:


…and the blueberry are flowering:


What with the cherry, damson, blueberry, elder, wild garlic, pear and most of the apple, not forgetting the japanese knotweed, you’d think the only colour Love Lane can do for flowers is white!

But then you catch a flash in the corner of your eye…  hidden amongst hazel and almost eaten by a monster brash-pile, there is this:


I wonder what colour the apples will be?  Here’s another happy customer: