The PK Trust Wildflower project promotes biodiversity
With help from the University Tevi team, The Porthcurno Collections Trust identified a project to replant beds surrounding the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno with wildflowers to promote greater biodiversity and create an attractive feature for visitors.
The Porthcurno Collections Trust (The PK Trust) is a registered charity which preserves the important historic buildings, site and collections relating to the former telegraph station at Porthcurno. The charity provides an educational facility covering the history of the telegraph station and global telecommunications, and provides internationally significant archive and research resources for study of the history of international telecommunications. The trust operates, programmes and delivers the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno as a heritage attraction and museum experience open to the public year-round.
The car park and grounds at Telegraph Museum Porthcurno have been gravelled, grassed or planted with low lying shrubs and hedges which support little insect or wildlife. The Tevi team helped identify a project to replant these beds with wildflowers to promote greater biodiversity and support wildlife, as well as providing a more attractive feature for visitors to the museum. This project was designed to draw on the specific expertise of the Eden Project who will implement the programme of work and provide training for staff and volunteers at the museum.
GRANT AWARDED: £10,000
Used to purchase: Wildflowers to be planted on car park beds and verges
The wildflower project sits within a wider programme of activities for the organisation called Planet PK, which focuses on raising awareness internally and externally about people’s relationship with the natural environment. Replanting the beds and verges in a busy public car park provides a very high profile and attractive way of visibly advancing the message of biodiversity and communicating the brand ethics. The replanting will also act as an opportunity to involve customers directly through volunteering and training, encouraging them to undertake their own wildflower planting projects.
“The Tevi team were able to provide expert advice on how we could use our available land to enhance species diversity to attract and support pollinator species that are under threat. This expert consultancy will help to protect and enhance the wildlife where we work and live”.
Julia Twomlow (Museum Director)
For more information please contact:
Dr Dan Bloomfield
Project Manager, Tevi