Derek was well aware that people have their own lives and that over time things can change. His chosen Trustees were, therefore, able to make changes to the governance and maintainence of Oliver land.
One of these was the choosing of new Trustees and the second was that in the event they could no longer continue he gave them permission to hand over the trust to his chosen organisation
Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
We protect Cornwall's wildlife and wild places on land and in our seas. We are passionate about conservation and have helped people enjoy nature for over 50 years.
Change is always worrying especially when it means that something you so cherished and thought would always be there might now become alien and so changed that you no longer feel a link with it.
Derek knew, long term, there would come a time when the Trustees would have to hand over Oliver land to an organisation to manage. He had watched Cornwall Wildlife Trust from its early days prior to it becoming the organisation we know today and felt it had continued to be what both he and Jeannie could trust to carry on with their vision for Oliver land.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust have already begun work on their objectives and that includes a water supply to Oliver land, which followed an extensive year long assessment and survey. The longer term plans will evolve and will need funding, so you are encouraged to join them. You can of course specify the reason for joining as this will help identify the support of the reserve. The following are their main objectives which show both Derek's faith and judgement in them was well placed.
Maintain, enhance and extend the important habitat features.
"...create a dynamic mosaic of grassland, bracken and scrub without being too prescriptive about the exact locations of these habitats.....scrub is an important element of native grassland ecosystems and contributes significantly to species richness....a suitable grazing regime must be in place..... care must be taken to avoid rectangular blocks of cleared bracken in the landscape which would look very artificial...."
Maintain and increase the populations of species of conservation concern.
"..there are relatively few species records relating directly to the reserve, and a key task is to carry out more species survey work. The presence of the Hornet Robberfly ..... indicates a high potential for invertebrates.... the presence of fritillary butterflies...seems potentially suitable with their food plants (violets) being abundant under the bracken canopy..."
Maintain Oliver Land in keeping with the spirit of the Minack Chronicles, providing access and interpretation consistent with this.
"....Any name should reflect its association with Derek Tangye and fans of the Tangye's will know the reserve as 'Oliver Land', perhaps making this the better name..... any interpretative material should reflect the spirit of the Minack Chronicles...for example the 'Ambrose Rock'...."
Maintain and enhance the historical and landscape features
"...the key archaeological features of the reserve are the remains of small garden enclosures. These small relic field boundaries are an importatnt part of the hsitory of land use within this stretch of Penwith and should be preserved."
Work with partners in the area to conserve important habitats at a landscape scale.
"...opportunities to work with the Tregothan Estate and also with the National Trust's Tregiffian farm property, which lies a short distance to the west."
You can either volunteer directly with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, ideally for this you need to live locally or you can help on an ad-hoc basis when you visit Oliver Land.
Check the pages for Wildlife and Flora and Fauna and if you find these plants or indeed any other please, take a good clear photo, note the date, time and actualy location of where you saw it. Most cameras/mobile phones will enable you to set a grid reference for taking images and you can use this. Either Submit your findings to CWT here
or download the ORKS App.