Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How does your garden grow.

Children from Portreath School planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs to
mark the completion of improvements to Greenfield Gardens.Work on the
£48,000 project began in February and was carried out by R H Olds
Amenity Landscapers of Camborne.

What had been a largely grassed area was transformed with new pathways, disabled access, raised beds and a sunken amphitheatre.

Improvements Committee, which provided £10,000 towards the project,
took charge of the planting programme, which followed.

This included low maintenance ground cover, shrubs, and grass, culminating in the planting of the daffodil bulbs.

Watts, chairman of the parish council, said: "This project has been a
village team effort with the parish council, regeneration team and
Portreath Improvements Committee working together.

improvements committee will be taking ownership by way of a 999-year
lease. This will secure the gardens and ensure the maintenance of the

The balance of the funding for Greenfield Gardens
came from a grant of £28,000 from the Rural Key Fund. A further £10,000
came from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Liveability Fund.

Mr Watts added: "This is yet another community project for Portreath that has turned out to be a great success.

now open for use and I hope the community will enjoy it. I know the
Brownies already already planning to use the amphitheatre for plays.

official hand over of the gardens from Kerrier to the PIC will take
place in the spring when all these bulbs are in flower."

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Friday, November 03, 2006


09:00 - 02 November 2006
A new support group for breast feeding mums has been launched in Portreath.Little Engines is the brainchild of mum-of-two Katie Fulcher, who raised almost £3,000 to get the group off the ground.

She said: "While breast feeding my son at SureStart Trevu, I decided to become a breast feeding peer supporter - that's a volunteer who gives breast feeding advice to other mums.

"After about eight months I thought it would be a good idea to offer the same sort of support to mums living in my own village - Portreath."

Katie began fund raising and received £250 from Portreath Improvements Committee, £400 from Awards for All and £2,500 from Network Funding.

The group meets every Monday - during term-time - from 9.30am-11am in St Mary's Church Hall. The inaugural meeting was opened by Lady Terrye Teverson, who is the patron of Breast Friends in Camborne.

"Little Engines is not just a breast feeding group," said Katie, "It's also a baby group. We offer a baby weighing facility, breast feeding support, advice from qualified health professionals, and a monthly visit from a health visitor."

Treloweth Children's Centre has also donated a year's supply of refreshments. Although only a handful of mums attended the first meeting, Katie is confident the group will grow.

She said: "It's going to snowball. We've just had four deliveries in the village and there are another three on the way that I know of. Plus we will get some mums from other villages like Porthtowan and Illogan."