Penn Trenfos

Penn Trenfos

  • Stonechat on the east side of Trevose Head
    Stonechat on the east side of Trevose Head
    (c) 2017 Madeleine Jude Ltd
  • Closeup of Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
    Closeup of Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
  • Silene uniflora or sea campion growing in a dry stone wall along the Trevose Head footpath
    Silene uniflora or sea campion growing in a dry stone wall along the Trevose Head footpath
    (c) 2017 Madeleine Jude Ltd
  • Detail of pattern in Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
    Detail of pattern in Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
  • The Cornish sea from Trevose Head
    The Cornish sea from Trevose Head
    (c) 2017 Madeleine Jude Ltd
  • Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
    Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
  • Centranthus ruber or Cornish Valerian growing beside the footpath on Trevose Head
    Centranthus ruber or Cornish Valerian growing beside the footpath on Trevose Head
    (c) 2017 Madeleine Jude Ltd
  • Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
    Pen Trenfos throw - one of my Trevose Head Collection
  • Scilla verna or the Spring Squill on Trevose Head
    Scilla verna or the Spring Squill on Trevose Head
    (c) 2017 Madeleine Jude Ltd

 

The green ‘Penn Trenfos’ throw is one of four limited edition throws in my Trevose Head Collection. They have been designed and handwoven by me, as part of my project to raise money to support the work of the National Trust in protecting and caring for the rich and diverse wildlife of the headland.

£50 from the sale of each throw will go directly to support the Trust’s work at Trevose Head, preserving this place through careful habitat management, and maintaining and improving footpaths and access for everyone.

The pattern and colours in these throws are inspired by my own very special memories of Trevose Head, having spent my childhood summers at Parsons Hut – a supposed smugglers hut – which sits perched on the cliffs above Booby’s Bay and nestled against the headland.

The ‘Penn Trenfos’ throw bears the old Cornish name for Trevose Head and means a (possibly walled) homestead on a headland. There still is an ancient working farm on the headland. This green version of the Trevose Head throws represents the headland itself in its entirety.

The undulating and rippling pattern in the throw symbolises the wave-like formations in the grass as they are shaped by the strong Atlantic winds that blow across the headland. It represents all the plants, some quite rare, some just beloved, to be found in the maritime heath and grassland, on the coastal cliffs and in the surrounding dune grasslands.

Among the rare plants are the Frosted Orache and Portland Spurge, the Shore Dock and Wild Asparagus. But tucked into this green carpet are also a host of other colourful flowering plants, favourites of adults, children, bees and butterflies. Some of my personal favourites are the Sea Thrift, heathers, Pyramidal Orchids, Sea Bindweed and Rock Sea-Lavender, the Dyer’s Greenweed Sea Campion and the happy-go-lucky Oxeye Daisy.

This is a landscape so special that it is part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been designated both as a biological and geographical Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and also as part of Britain’s Heritage Coast.

For walkers the headland is a delight both to look at from the coast path from Stepper Point in the east to Newquay in the west and to gaze out to the coast and bays from the headland itself.

The green ‘Penn Trenfos’ throw is perfect for anyone who, like me, loves this unique stretch of North Cornwall’s wild and rugged coast, and would like a cosy and comforting reminder of their own special memories and relationship with this beautiful place.

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About the Trevose Head Collection

My aim is to weave and sell 100 of these throws in order to raise £5,000 – the cost of caring for the entire coastal path around Trevose Head for one year.

There are four colours to choose from in a design that evokes the constant movement and shape shifting of the windswept and sea battered headland, the beauty of the surrounding coast, the pleasure of the surrounding sandy beaches, and the unique geology of the rock and the prehistoric remains that lie beneath the surface.

I am working in collaboration with the South West Regional National Trust and the throws are currently available to purchase here on my website but will shortly be stocked in the National Trust shops at Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps and Boscastle.

I have arranged with the South West Regional National Trust to pay my donations directly to them on a periodic basis. You can see how my campaign is going by visiting my Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/madeleine-jude

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