Ensuring hedgehogs can pass freely through your garden is one of the most important things you can do to help them.
Why do hedgehogs need holes in fences?
Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night in their active season in their quest to find enough food and a mate. If you have an enclosed garden you might be getting in the way of their plans.
One of the main reasons hedgehogs are struggling in Britain is because our fences and walls are becoming more and more secure, reducing the amount of land available to them.
What can we do to help?
We can make their life a little easier by removing the barriers within our control – for example, by making holes in or under our garden fences and walls for them to pass through. A 13cm x 13cm hole in your garden wall or fence will let hedgehogs through but will be too small for most pets. This is known as a hedgehog highway.
This hedgehog highway allows hedgehogs to forage for food, meet mates to breed and access nesting sites. This is essential in the battle to prevent the extinction of our endangered spiky friends.
That’s why St. Just Town Council has become part of the Hedgehog’s R Us Hedgehog Highway Project.
You can pick up a free hedgehog highway surround for your wall or fence from the Town Council staff at the Library (Monday to Wednesday, 9am-2pm).
You can then add your Hedgehog Highway information to the Big Hedgehog Map website which shows how many hedgehogs have been sighted or hedgehog holes created in your area.
The Town Council is responsible for this site and has agreed a programme of works with Historic England under a Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC) to undertake necessary repairs.
Cornwall Garden Services (CGS) have been commissioned to undertake these works working closely with Historic England and the council’s Archaeological Specialist. It is anticipated that limited access to the site will be for a short period with the work starting the week beginning 24 April 2023. It is anticipated that the works will take up to 3 weeks but this will be weather dependent.
If you would like any clarification on this notice please contact – The Deputy Town Clerk on 01736 788412 or email email@example.com.
All the money raised will go to Penhaligons Friends, a charity in Redruth who help bereaved families. They kit out children with the skills they need to work through grief and loss. This fund raiser will help Penhaligon’s Friends carry on visiting families and helping children.
Discover the Night in International Dark Sky Week! Visit the International Dark Sky website to find out why dark skies matter and what you can do to support dark skies. And you can join a low-light walk at Chapel Carn Break on 14 April at 7.45 pm, watch the sunset at the Bronze Age barrow and talk about the benefits of dark skies for the natural flora and fauna.
A new opportunity is coming in for residents to ask for unnecessary street lights to be turned off. This will be lights in back lanes, small residential closes or cul-de-sacs that serve few people and where all the residents agree that they would prefer the lights not to be there, or at least turned off by midnight. Sound like you? If so, please talk to your neighbours. You’ll be improving your view of our wonderful night sky and helping local wildlife. If all agree, contact Sue James, Chair of the West Penwith Dark Sky Park group. She will need the street light numbers and a list of all the residents with signatures, house numbers/names and postcodes. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about how you can act to reduce light pollution at: https://www.nightblight.cpre.org.uk/take-action-about-local-light-pollution
Cornwall Council has asked the Town Council to share the following details on the following:
The Time2Move Holiday Programme supports families during the school holidays to ensure children have access to fun activities, healthy food and physical activity. Activities for children aged 5-16 are taking place across Cornwall during the Easter holidays 3-7 April and 10-14 April. All children that attend will receive a healthy meal. Fully funded places are available for children eligible for benefits related free school meals.
After many years of discussions, debates and negotiations, the free to use public car parks and toilets blocks in St Just and Pendeen have been transferred from Cornwall Council’s ownership to St Just Town Council. Putting local facilities under local control seems to work well in other parts of Cornwall, enabling decisions to be taken by the local council in response to local residents’ needs and wishes.
There are no immediate plans for change, other than residents should now contact St Just Town Council if there are any issues regarding cleanliness or damage. However, a report funded by the Town Vitality Fund will soon be published, reflecting the local communities Vision for St Just and Town Council will be considering ideas from that re parking, infrastructure for electric car charging and maybe electric bike hire facilities and charging.
Councillor Sue James, current Mayor of St Just was Deputy Mayor back in September 2011 and chaired a lively public meeting at St Just WI Hall to discuss a proposal from Cornwall Council to make St Just and Pendeen car parks pay and display.
“That was the start of the journey for the car parks and toilets being devolved from Cornwall to St Just Council. That WI hall was packed solid and our residents and businesses owners were united against charging, feeling such a move would kill our town and village.
“The Town Council knew it had to step up and agreed to pay Cornwall Council for their projected loss of income on the car parks and for servicing our public toilets, to keep them open. With a very small staff team, that arrangement suited the Council in maintaining services valued locally whilst not taking on the full responsibility of running such facilities.
“Now, in 2023, things have moved on; St Just Town Council already runs the local Library, has increased its staffing team and is ready to take full responsibility for our car parks and toilets.”
Cornwall Councillor Brian Clemens added: “This transfer is one of a number of devolution projects that have taken place over a number of years to allow communities to prescribe services and allow local councils to manage their environment to the benefit of the communities they represent.”