‘WAAF’ returns to Goonhilly RAF Dry Tree …
25 July 2010 The Lizard NNR National Nature Reserve
Our collegues at Ntaural England have fabulous free event to attend:
“Let us bring the inhabitants and history of the heathland to life with our Eco-Trail Challenge.
Plant bingo, making your own paint brush and painting using natural inks, a bird diner and living history you will have a brilliant day of discovery and adventure around the heath and the historical Ministry of Defence Second World War buildings.”
The main WWII stuff is taking place in the Happidrome where there will be a storyteller doing a 15 minute piece in costume throughout the day on the history and natural history of the site.
Atmospheric stuff, a radio receiver lit up in background and someone dressed as a WAAF or WREN, just like the ones from the photograph and poster from our World War Zoo gardens archive on display.
There will be code cracking challenges, art, bird spotting and storytelling. The event is aimed at children and families as part of the Discovering Places Events (part of the UK countdown to the 2012 Olympics) http://www.london2012.com/events/goonhilly-eco-trail-day.php
This is also the opening of the new easy access path providing wheelchair and buggy access allowing everyone to enjoy the incredible wild heath area that characterises the Lizard Peninsula.
Suitable for families there will be something for all ages to enjoy, trail activities all accessible by wheelchairs.
Time: Sunday, 25th July, the trail will be open 11am until 3pm
Meet: Goonhilly Downs Car Park off the B3293 just after Goonhilly Earth Station when coming from Helston
Booking: No need to book just turn up, last opportunity to start trail is at 3pm. For more information contact Claire Scott Community Outreach Adviser at The Lizard NNR, Natural England 01326 240808
Free parking and toilets available (including disabled). This event is free!
There’s a beautiful leaflet about the history and natural history of the site featuring our photo too. Having worked in the Lizard area, I’ve spotted the anti-glider defences form 1939/40 stone cairns for erecting tall posts to keep this vulnerable area safe from invasion.
RAF Treyew on the cliffs near Newquay Zoo is another example of a Chain Home station Radar complex, now derelict on private farmland but just visible from the road. There’s more about these stations and other wartime underground sites for Home Guard auxilliary units and Observer Corps at the Subterranea Britannica website http://www.subbrit.org.uk on such stations.
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