Kennack Sands on The Lizard is one of our finest Cornish beaches. It is cherished by locals and visitors alike. In order to help safeguard this precious place, and to give people a stake in the ongoing management, we are meeting to form the Friends of Kennack Sands. We are calling all with an interest in the area to come along on Tuesday Jan 17th at Ruan Minor Village Hall at 7pm.
Last summer the beach was thrown into a crisis when Cornwall Council withdrew the litter collection. Local interests worked hard to find a solution, and it was apparent how significant the beach is to so many residents. By forming the group we hope to capture some of that passion and give the local community a much greater sense of ownership of this beauty spot.
The beach and surrounding Site of Special Scientific Interest is owned by Tregothnan Estate, and managed by Natural England as part of The Lizard National Nature Reserve. There are two beach cafes and a car park, and it is surrounded more widely by numerous well used camping and holiday parks. The vision is for Friends of Kennack to work in partnership with all these stakeholders, and others such as the Parish Council and Community Trust, to ensure that all visitors to the beach can continue to enjoy it at its best.
Please bring along your thoughts and ideas on how we might best care for the area. Some of the ambitions already include:
• continuing to keep the beach pristine and clear of rubbish
• to tackle the menace of dog mess
• to re-introduce a rock pool and dune related environmental education programme for children in the summer months,
• to rationalize the current signage and introduce engaging information boards to connect visitors with the natural wonders and heritage
• investigating permanent barbeque structures to reduce disposal bbq use
• improving beach access
• developing a trail leaflet
• to help promote parish wide recycling
Published: Jan 2017
Author: Steve Townsend (Reserve Manager Lizard National Nature Reserve)