Discover Magazine | Spring 2017

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The magazine of the national trust for jerseY











In this issue P4

view Point

Christopher Harris, President


in the news


discover historic building


The Foot Buildings


discover landscapes Waterworks Valley



#LoveNature Festival



Walking with Bob Tompkins




Country Cinema




The Sunset Concerts Word on the Street, The Kings of Swing & Toploader


in the spotlight Meet Beccy Speight, CEO Woodland Trust

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AGM & Annual Dinner Friday 7 April


bringing history to life At 16 New Street & The Barracks






Top Things For Kids To Do





Family Fun On The Beach



My Jersey

Cristina Sellarés, Project Officer Birds on the Edge


protect Covenants


dates for the diary



Explore with Jersey Water

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View point his magazine demonstrates the maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words. One of the many things which so strikes me about the National Trust for Jersey is the diversity and range of its activities; from cutting edge environmental projects to the preservation of historic buildings, from Sunset Concerts to Black Butter to Woodland Wanders for young children. All of this has a common theme; the preservation of the natural beauty of Jersey, from seventeenth century houses to beautiful areas of coastline. It is what we exist to do, to keep alive the things that make Jersey special and a worthwhile place for us to live our lives and raise our families. So I hope you enjoy this issue which celebrates and shows in photographs what we seek to do. I have been President for pretty much three years and stand down in the early summer. It has been one of the most rewarding things which I have ever done. The National Trust team are a pleasure to work with; hardworking, dedicated and with a clear vision of what matters for Jersey. We do not stand still; there is a maelstrom of new ideas, new ways of doing the same things. We are very aware of the expectations which you as members have of us.

So what do I most remember from those three years? They began with the final preparations for the PlĂŠmont debate, the letter to States Members on the eve of the debate and the tense moments of the States vote on the proposition to supplement our funding. Generous donors and the States had given us the funds; we then got on with the job of returning the headland to nature, on time and within a tight budget. It was a defining moment for the island. It demonstrated that preserving our coastline and natural environment are not just ritual phrases in planning documents; they are things which people from every walk of life in Jersey care passionately about. Now we are working hard on the Foot Buildings in Pitt Street, adjoining the Coop development at Charing Cross. They are lovely late eighteenth century buildings so characteristic of another age. Our preservation works will be finished towards the end of this year and we look forward to showing our work to members and the public. To create a secure future we have focussed on increasing our membership. We have become a part of island life for all generations. To all of you who have made this possible through your very generous and spirited support for what is quite simply the most worthwhile organisation I have ever worked for, can I say “Thank Youâ€?.

Christopher Harris

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Trinity Constable Philip Le Sueur and National Trust Senior Ranger Neil Harvey planting the Elms near to Trinity School.

Restoring Elm trees in Island parishes…


e were delighted to have recently worked with Jersey Electricity to plant 80 Elm trees across the Island parishes in celebration of the Trust's 80th year anniversary and the launch of our new Elm leaf brand identity. Following the devastating outbreak of Dutch Elm disease in the mid-sixties it is rare to see mature Elm trees in Jersey. We were therefore delighted when Jersey Electricity offered to fund the purchase of an additional 80 Elm trees. The new disease resistant Elm trees cultivar (Ulmus Lobel) were sourced by our Land’s Manager Jon Parkes from a tree nursery in the New Forest. The Trust contacted all twelve parishes inviting them to plant new Elm trees, the planting locations of the new Elm trees was left up to

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the parishes to decide, but do look out for them in prominent positions around the Island. Typically they have been planted on roadside verges, village greens, church yards and amenity spaces. In addition to the Elm tree project Jersey Electricity has launched a new Wildlife ‘Hedge Fund’ where a donation of £5.00 is made to the Trust for every JEC customer who switches from paper bills to ebills. This has enabled the Trust to begin planting hedges to provide food, shelter and nesting for birds and travel networks for hedgehogs and other wildlife. The Wildlife Hedge Fund aims to plant 1km of hedges a year initially around the Trust’s 600 vergées of agricultural land.

Chapelle des freres,

St John


t the end of January, the Trust completed the purchase of Chapelle des Freres, better known as the former headquarters of the Boys Brigade. These sizeable buildings which include two Methodist chapels, dating from 1821 and 1914, as well as a two bedroom manse, will in the short term provide the Trust with much needed storage, an additional workshop space, as well as the opportunity for holding events. It is also intended that the manse will be refurbished and let as residential accommodation. With so many of Jersey’s Methodist churches facing an uncertain future, the Trust was desirous of ensuring that the architectural integrity and significance of this group was safeguarded. The early 1821 chapel with its hipped roof has retained much of its external fabric with Gothic-style tracery to the side windows. Although the majority of internal fabric has been lost, the gallery is still in situ and the original stone floor in place. The later 1914 chapel has been well designed in the Romanesque style with tall roundarched leaded windows. Particularly striking is the three light window, with cushion capitals to pilaster columns, above the handsome south porch. To the rear of the complex are a number of small outbuildings, as well as a field with parking provision for 40 cars. The Trust was able to purchase the chapels due to a generous loan being provided from a local charitable trust. As our plans for the future of the site are further formulated we will be regularly updating the membership, as well as opening the premises for Heritage Open Day in September.

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Jump in this July

o encouraged by the support and the number of people who took part last year in our 30 Bays in 30 Days swimming event, we are delighted to announce that in conjunction with Jersey Hospice Care we will be promoting the event again in 2017. We are currently updating the registration process and event information on the web site, which is all work in progress. All those people who took part last year will be contacted to join us and we hope to encourage lots more people to take part. The opening group swim will be on Saturday 1 July and the final group swim will be on Sunday 30 July. The venues are still to be confirmed but please save the dates.

Some of the feedback we received last year…

“It was great, It was lovely to go and visit bays we perhaps wouldn’t normally go to, and refresh our memories of what a lovely island we have – thank you for that!” “I made a group of friends who I swam with and we have continued to do so which was lovely”

Launch of New Website

An Integral part of the Trust's rebranding project last year was to develop a new updated and interactive website. With the help of Julia Eynon, Director of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Indigo Lighthouse Group, together with Jonathan Harbourne and Nuno Lopes from Vibrand Ltd. we are delighted to launch our new website Please take time out to have a browse. You can now purchase membership, book events and make donations online. Please let us know what you think.

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le pre des marais T

he Trust is delighted to announce the acquisition of 4.5 vergĂŠes of wet woodland and willow scrub adjacent to its existing holdings at Grouville Marsh. Generously funded by the Andrew Crookston Settlement the purchase will enable the Trust to further enhance its existing management programme, as well as consolidate its holding within this extremely important wetland area. Although rarely accessible to the public, the site is renowned for its biodiversity with 165 species of bird and 282 species of beetle having been recorded since the 1970s. There is also a wide variety of wetland plants including Hemp Agrimony, Cyperus Sedge and Great Hairy Willowherb. With the assistance of Sangan Conservation, works have already begun to reduce some of the scrub in order to increase diversity of habitat, as well as provide a different age and height structure for the willow. We also hope to create a number of open wetland areas as well as reed bed in the longer term. The Trust is delighted to have been able to proceed with this acquisition as it remains deeply concerned that parts of the marsh and in particular valuable buffer zones, are vulnerable to creeping residential development from both the direction of Gorey Village and La Mare Nurseries. In this respect we are very grateful to both the Talbot and Beck families for agreeing to sell the land to the Trust.

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How Much Is That

In The Window?


By Charles Alluto

chief executive National trust FOR jersey

n November last year the Trust embarked on one of its largest capital projects to date by undertaking the repair and refurbishment of 3 modest but crucially important early C19 town houses, colloquially known as the Foot Buildings. Following a protracted and sometimes heated 10 year campaign, the Trust was finally given the opportunity by the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, to purchase Nos 4,5 & 6 Pitt Street for the princely sum of £1. The Trust was now faced with the challenge of sourcing over £1.4m to secure their long term future within an incredibly tight deadline. As part of the purchase contract the buildings needed to be fully repaired by the end of 2017, so that the guests at the newly constructed Premier Inn, would be able to sleep easy and not be troubled by hammering and ongoing renovation works. A further bequest in the sum of £650,000 from the estate of the late Mrs Mollie Houston set us on our way, before we suffered an unwelcome setback when a promised grant of £100,000 from the Tourism Development Fund, was suddenly withdrawn by the Minister. Fortunately our members and supporters came to the rescue, with two anonymous donations amounting to £125,000, and then an amazingly generous bequest from

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When Paul Drury was commissioned in September 2004 to undertake an analysis of the architectural significance and historic importance of the Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street buildings, he very succinctly summarised their value to both St Helier and the Island as a whole:

The group as a whole provides perhaps the best surviving example of early-mid 18th century townscape in St Helier, as well as demonstrating the change of style and scale of urban building which took place early in the 19th century….. Appropriately repaired and brought back into use, they have the potential to make a major contribution to the character, appearance and amenity of St Helier.

the late Mrs Anne Herrod. Without doubt the Trust’s Council and Finance Committee, jointly breathed a huge sigh of relief, but above all everyone felt honoured that benefactors such as Mrs Herrod and Mrs Houston, had chosen to place their faith in the ongoing work of the Trust. With our target figure now in sight the Trust entered tender negotiations with our chosen contractor, Camerons, and after the Properties Team agreed to undertake the refurbishment of all the windows and floors, we were able to agree terms.

It was this very vision which formed the bedrock of our campaign to safeguard the buildings and in particular to engage and generate public support. Without doubt the external appearance of the buildings and in particular His Master’s Voice logo, featuring Nipper the dog, have always struck resonance with the general public. People affectionately

remember buying their first record in the Foot shop, and seemed keen to safeguard this particular and very personal moment of their own social history. However, others saw the fading logo, rusty downpipes and boarded up shop fronts, as symptomatic of dereliction and decay, and an affront to the dignity and economic growth of St Helier. Without doubt derelict buildings are a sorry sight and do not give a good impression. Time after time owners and developers have played this card to their advantage and the saga continues with such buildings as La Fantasie in St Saviour and the small C18 cottage hidden away in Broad Street. But if the successful refurbishment of 16 New Street has taught us anything, it should be that it is foolhardy to judge a book by its somewhat tatty and well-worn cover, as internally these historic buildings often retain much of their original joinery and a wealth of architectural detail giving us a valuable insight into our cultural heritage. This is definitely the case for the Foot buildings and although it would be imprudent to suggest that their architectural quality is equal to that of No 16, nonetheless their modest fittings and design are an equally important record of urban development within St Helier. If we turn to Nos 5 & 6 Pitt Street, these buildings were likely to have been built in the 1830s. Each property is three storeys high and three bays wide, constructed of rendered

Unsurprisingly further funds will be required for the internal finishes and fittings and it is hoped that our members might consider buying a brick, a bathroom tile, a sink or even a toilet to help us with this project. In the meantime our generous benefactors have enabled these once derelict historic buildings, threatened with demolition, to be permanently protected for the benefit of the Island. D i s c o v e r | 11


brick and the principal elevation lined out to imitate ashlar. Originally domestic, the ground floors were later converted to retail, originally as two shops before being opened up into one large space. As rooms have been gently stripped back to facilitate drying out as well as the commencement of structural repairs, the history of these buildings has begun to reveal itself. On the ground floor the brick culvert, where the town stream used to run, lies immediately under the timber floor boards, whilst remnants of beautiful C19 wallpaper, which must have boldly decorated the back parlour, can be found hidden behind the cobbled together shop fittings. Advertisements for polish or insect killer betray the wide range of products that were sold by the Foot family, with the resplendent hand painted sign under the stairs directing you to the “talking machine department” on the first floor.

Meanwhile in the backroom of No 6 a fine old kitchen range takes centre stage, distracting the eye from the substantial cistern under the floor, to which Charles Ahier, then owner of No 5 in 1834, had a right to extract water. Similar rights extended to the well under the wash house to the rear, parts of which still remain, including a lead pipe leading to a hand pump. Upstairs the houses are fitted with reeded architraves, bulls-eye mouldings, grained doors and mahogany handrails. The show room on the first floor of No 5 has lost its fireplaces, which have been sacrificed to create additional storage for records. However, original fire surrounds and grates remain in situ in most of the other rooms, with 12 | D i s c o v e r

one of white marble and another of marble effect, clearly indicating the social standing and aspirations of the owners. As you ascend to the second and third floors, finishes become plainer, indicative of their use as bedrooms and dressing rooms, but quirky roof lights, cut-through hallways, and small wall cupboards add much charm to these more basically finished areas. No 4 is a far more modest 3 storey 3 bay wide dwelling constructed of brick in English bond with an attic set behind the parapet. Built prior to Nos 5 & 6, its exact construction date remains uncertain although it is likely to be early C19. It retains its original front door with charming tracery fanlight, whilst a shop front was inserted with its own entrance in the mid C19. Internally the building has a far more modest layout but still shares similar joinery details to Nos 5 & 6 with reeded architraves and bulls-eye mouldings. The staircase is plainer but benefits from a mahogany handrail and turned newels. Although the house has revealed few secrets to date, apart from a small C19 grate on the top floor, we were amazed to find a German Occupation sign under the stairs forbidding people to enter the premises. Whether this ever “graced” No 4 is still to be discovered, but if anyone has any information we would be delighted to hear from you. A new chapter has already begun in the life of these buildings and by early 2018, 3 local families will once again be “living above the shop”, with either a café, exhibition or office space below. Nipper the dog will have been restored to his former glory and Paul Drury’s vision will have been realised largely due to the generosity of our benefactors and the support of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society. Hopefully this project will once again demonstrate that “heritage generation” can work for St Helier with a good degree of commitment and a large dose of determination.

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Francis Foot: Records of History By Gareth Syvret

Photographic Archivist Société Jersiaise

n the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive there is a collection of 251 glass negatives taken by Francis Foot (1885-1966) that were donated to the society by the Foot family in 1996. The huge changes taking place at the Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Charing Cross site and the National Trust for Jersey’s current restoration of 5 & 6 Pitt Street, St Helier where Francis lived and worked, have prompted additional research on this fascinating visual record of the Foot family’s business and domestic lives. Rarely is an historic building restoration with an equally historic photographer in residence. Francis Foot’s photographs provide a social documentary record that brings to life the history of these buildings and the biographies of their inhabitants during the most prosperous period in their history. Linked to the restoration programme, which will see the buildings saved and brought back into sustainable use, this archive powerfully illustrates the importance of preserving our built heritage. Research is ongoing and in addition to the record photographs taken by Camerons the Project Contractor and Tony Gray, Trust Joiner, Rosanna Armstrong, Hautlieu School photography student, is producing contemporary images in response to the Foot archive, the architecture of Pitt Street and the process of restoration. In partnership with the Trust, later in 2017, we are planning an exhibition on site to mark the completion and highlight the aims of the project. Abraham Foot, Francis’s Grandfather, came to Jersey from Dorset and married Elizabeth Ralph at St Helier Town Church on 30th June 1835. Abraham and Elizabeth had four children, two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, and two sons. François Philippe Foot was born on 10th December 1840 but sadly died in infancy. When a second son was born on 2nd July 1847 he was named François William and at that time the family were living at Millbrook and Abraham was employed as a labourer. D i s c o v e r | 13


At the age of 13, in 1861, Franรงois was an apprentice carpenter living with his mother and sister at Brayer Cottage in Rue de Trachy, St Lawrence. In 1880 Franรงois Foot married Louisa Hunt the eldest daughter of John Hunt a Marine Store Dealer at 5 Pitt Street, St Helier. By 1881 Franรงois, whose occupation was now ship carpenter, and Louisa were living above this shop and running the business, beginning a century of trade by the Foot family in Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street. Francis Foot was born on the 2nd February 1885. At the age of sixteen, in 1901, he was employed as a photographic assistant and must have been working at one of eleven St Helier photographic studios listed in the Jersey Almanacs that year. Despite his early training, Francis was never listed as a photographer in the Jersey trade directories and there is no evidence of him operating a studio in his own name. It must have been around this time that Francis experienced the pleasure of listening to recorded music on the gramophone. Recognising the commercial potential in this technology he decided upon a career change and opened the first record shop in Jersey. Nevertheless, a grounding in the medium of photography equipped him with the necessary skills to produce commercial postcards and, perhaps more importantly, some of the most distinctive early twentieth century family portraits to be found in Jersey photographic archives.

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Francis married Margaret Vernon in 1914 and though none of his photographs are dated, some of the best clues are the appearances of his four children – George b. 1914, Stanley b. 1915, Dora b. 1917 and Reginald b. 1920 – in the portraits. A group portrait of the family sitting in their car (Fig. 1) must have been taken circa 1924. Here, Francis has included himself in the family group and though he may not have operated the camera he was clearly directing the pose. A portrait of George, Stanley and Dora, circa 1918, captures expressions that defy the age of its subjects (Fig. 2). Other photographs such as an impressive view of the SS Roebuck beached in St Brelade’s Bay in July 1911 after being holed on the Kaines rocks can be dated by their content (fig. 3). Fortunately, Francis possessed an awareness that motivated him to photograph his surroundings: the interior and exterior of the shops at 5 & 6 Pitt Street showing the iconic HMV logo (figs. 4 & 5) and his father and family at work (figs. 6 & 7). The family also ran a shop in Dumaresq Street where an intricate display of soap boxes was created in the shop window spelling out the name F. Foot (fig. 8). Some of the glass negatives have suffered from water damage which can be seen as blemishes on the edges of some images but thankfully even in these cases most of the important details have survived. Like Francis Foot’s photographs, the buildings themselves have many stories to tell, and the restoration process itself has recently contributed new material to the archive. It was intriguing and quite poetic when a photograph of Francis and his companion with their cameras, on location circa 1914 (fig. 9), was discovered behind a mirror above a fireplace in one of the rooms at no. 6. By reconnecting Francis Foot’s photographic archive with the buildings where they were taken, developed and printed, we gain a greater understanding of the value of their preservation and their past, present and future.

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Waterworks Valley

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The Valley offers a superb and varied walk with great views above Le Dannemarche Reservoir... Remnants of WW2 German ammunition caches and shelters can still be seen along the path where they once hid their contents from allied aerial reconnaissance.


urchased from Jersey Water in memory of the late Richard Sinkins by his wife Gladys and daughter Veronica Simmons, Le Don Sinkins is a 35 vergée area of Waterworks Valley which extends from Mont Gavey to the north to the silt trap at the foot of Mont Suzanne comprised of wet meadows and wooded côtils. The site was acquired in 2011 during the Trust’s 75th anniversary and helped to further consolidate the Trust’s holdings in the valley which now permanently safeguards Hamptonne Country Life Museum and its beautiful surrounding wet meadows and woodland. Since 2011 the Trust has constructed half a kilometre of additional footpath through the woods. Predominantly following an old mill leat, the path compliments the Millennium Footpath which runs parallel at the opposite side of the valley and offers a return loop for the less intrepid hiker, perhaps lacking the motivation to see the entire valley.

The wooded path drops back down to the valley road and small carpark where the leat’s water used to meet the wheel of Le Moulin de la Haye. Little remains of the mill that initially ground grain, but subsequently became a paper mill in the middle of the 19th century. Those with a keen eye and imagination will still be able to see signs of the former structure and wheel pit. Walking further south down the valley, at the bottom of Les Charrieres Nicolle lies the Trust’s second wet meadow known as “Le Pre” meaning wet meadow. The Millennium Path, hugs the western edge of the meadow and leat and continues to wind from one side of the road to the other before ending at the valleys junction with the Inner Road. The Valley offers a superb and varied walk with great views above Le Dannemarche Reservoir (A name hinting at long forgotten Viking connections), quiet wooded footpaths, secret lanes and interesting interpretation panels informing walkers of the valley’s historic mills to its wildlife.

Restoring the two wet meadows is high on the list of priorities of the Trust’s Lands Team, but this objective comes with significant difficulties and will rely on teaming up with local cattle grazier Darren Quennault. As with most of the wet meadows that the Trust has acquired, lack of management has led to a high density of Hemlock Water Dropwort, a large toxic member of the Umbelliferae family whose tuberous roots are deadly if eaten by cattle. To increase floral diversity a sympathetic grazing regime is essential but the presence of Hemlock Water Dropwort understandably discourages farmers from allowing their bovine assets graze affected land. Continued cutting and digging out the roots is the answer to the problem, but the wet nature of these meadows means they are often inaccessible to tractors making management tricky and creating something of a “Catch 22” scenario. The valley is a great place to spot Buzzards who often soar in the thermals above the meadows on sunny days. Their drawn-out mewing call is as much as a give-away as the Great Spotted Woodpecker’s drumming that often echoes through the valley. Red Squirrels, Jays and Herons are also common sights but in the spring look out for the white and pink cherry blossoms and native bluebells on the high path above Le Dannemarche in spring.

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Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

Did you know?

By Jon Rault - Conservation Officer

ne of the most conspicuous and spectacular residents of Waterworks Valley is the Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo). This damselfly, with its graceful, butterfly-like flight, more than lives up to its name. Adult males have striking metallic blue-green bodies with broad, dark wings complete with iridescent blue wing-veins. The metallic green bodies of the females are similarly spectacular. The Beautiful demoiselle is associated with fastflowing shallow streams, particularly those with sand or gravel bottoms. Adults are typically on the wing between May and September. During this period adult males are very territorial, defending stretches of suitable streams where they can often be seen resting on sunny bankside perches, frequently taking to the air to chase off rival males and other passing insects. Females on the other hand spend most of their time away from water, only venturing towards streams when searching for mates or laying eggs. When a male spots a female entering his territory he will immediately fly towards her and attempt to dazzle her with his best flutter display. If she likes what she sees the pair will mate in the characteristic ‘wheel’ position. Following copulation, he will guard her from other males while she gets busy laying eggs. Over the course of about half an hour she will ‘oviposit’ up to 300 eggs in to emergent or floating vegetation, preferring plants such as Watercrowfoots (Ranunculus), Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Water-speedwells (Veronica). The spectacular flying adults described above represent the relatively short reproductive period of the Beautiful Demoiselle lifecycle. Individuals actually spend most of their life as a larva living underwater among plant roots and submerged vegetation. These larvae, with their characteristic long spidery legs and horn-like antennae, take two years to fully develop, at which time they climb out of the water on to an emergent plant before bursting out of their skins as winged adults.

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The Jersey New Waterworks Company Limited (now known as Jersey Water) was founded in 1882.

The Company sank several wells in the St Lawrence and St Peter’s Valley areas; but these were later abandoned in favour of surface water supplies. In 1893 it was decided to build the Millbrook Reservoir and three years later it was brought into service. In 1909 Dannemarche Dam was commissioned and the construction of Handois Reservoir in 1932 completed the reservoirs in what is now known as ‘Waterworks Valley’.

Jersey Water has a dedicated Facilities Team who looks after all of the company land which is a whopping 527 acres or 2,132,600 square metres!

The Facilities Team carries out 6 miles of branchage each year which takes approximately 6 weeks in July and September.

Fishing The Jersey Freshwater Angling Association are permitted to fish in the main reservoirs including the two in Waterworks Valley; Dannemarche and Millbrook which are stocked with bream, carp, tench, roach, perch and eels, amongst others. All fish must be put back in the water after being weighed.

Bird watching Although many of the reservoir’s resident bird species, such as coot, moorhen, mallard and domesticated geese, have a strong association with the areas of fresh water, the surrounding woodlands, hedgerows, fields and scrub margins provide ideal habitat for many other small animals and birds at all times of the year. While some birds will be easy to see and identify, others are more secretive and can only be noticed by their songs or contact calls. Because of the deep sided surrounds of the reservoir, the species most likely to be seen on the open water will be moorhen, mallard duck and the occasional cormorant.

Creative ways with Willow

Michelle Caine with her badger willow structure in the UK

he Trust’s Lands Team is extremely excited about working with renowned willow sculpture artist Michelle Caine on a very special upcoming project in Waterworks Valley this spring. Michelle, originally from The Wirral but now residing in rural Wales, has made quite a name for herself with her larger than life sculptures that often depict British native wildlife. Michelle started her career as an artist experimenting with paintings, prints, drawings and mixed media before venturing into willow sculpture and since 2003 has concentrated on her large scale works. She has had installations commissioned by nearly every UK music festival including Glastonbury and Jersey Live, completed a giant badger in Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and even produced two six metre snakes for a Hollywood fantasy comedy starring Natalie Portman and James Franco. The project plans to install a sculpture trail along the woodland path which depicts the various life stages of our local Crapaud from spawn to adult toad, with the trail leading to

quite a large exciting interpretation of our humble amphibian hero. The trail will incorporate sustainable, locally grown willow and use other mediums which will be locally sourced whenever possible. The construction of the trail will be undertaken by environmentalist, artist and local wildman Alcindo Pinto, the Trust’s own Senior Ranger, Neil Harvey as well as Michelle. The Trust also hopes that the project might provide an opportunity for other local artists to become involved and learn from Michelle’s experience.

Why a toad?

Recent research by Dr John Wilkinson and his team from Kent University has revealed physical and behavioural differences between the previously undistinguished Bufo bufo and Bufo spinosus meaning that they should be considered separate species. As Bufo spinosus is not found in mainland UK and Jersey’s Common Toad has now been identified as such, Jersey’s Bufo spinosus population can be considered as a new addition to the list of British native amphibian making Jersey the only place in Britain they can be found and another reason why Jersey is clearly better than Guernsey. Despite this new discovery and the

fact toads are already such an iconic species for Jersey folk, toad numbers are thought to be in decline and their conservation status unknown according to a 10 year “Toad Watch” project by Dr Wilkinson, The States Environment Department and Durrell. The project showed just how important small garden ponds are for our toad population and so we’d like this project to encourage toad conservation and celebrate our toads which face increasing difficulties with connectivity during breeding due to high volumes of traffic and loss of terrestrial habitat. It is also hoped that the trail will provide a fun educational link between Hamptonne and its beautiful surrounding countryside and encourage further exploration into the heart of the Island's countryside. D i s c o v e r | 19


#LoveNature Festival 19 to 21 May

he Trust is rapidly becoming an organisation, not of two halves as has been stated elsewhere but possibly of three thirds. Whilst its historic building work is of considerable significance and continuing importance, the majority of its sites are areas of land accounting for over 2% of the island including a vast array of habitats including meadows, wetlands, woodlands, healthland, coastlands, farmlands and orchards. The other ‘third’ of the Trust’s activity is its ever increasing event programme with over 120 events being staged each year where members and visitors to the island are encouraged to discover, enjoy and protect – the cornerstones of the National Trust for Jersey and its ‘call to action’. As part of this annual event programme, the Trust is holding its first ever environment festival called #LoveNature Festival. Staged over three days from 19th to 21st May and set in and around St Ouen’s Bay in Jersey’s National Park, the event coincides with and showcases the open afternoon at Le Noir Pré to see the wild orchids in all their glory. The overall aim of the festival is to encourage participants to enjoy a long weekend of all things ‘green’ and to discover the Trust’s buildings, sites and lands around the Bay and in particular Le Don Hilton, the Wetland Centre, the orchid fields, La Mielle de Morville and St Ouen’s Pond – La Mare au Seigneur. 20 | D i s c o v e r

Festival goers will enjoy a range of free activities including walks with local naturalist Bob Tompkins, Botanist Tina Hull and Conservation Officer Jon Rault; a forage around La Mielles de Morville with Kazz Padidar, art workshops at Frances Le Sueur Centre with Adele Dark, building wild play with environmentalist Stephen Le Quesne and pond dipping with the Trust’s Education Officer Jo Stansfield. The Trust is working with the Jersey Branch of the National Vegetable Society with a workshop led by Graeme Le Marquand on growing your own fruit and vegetables at his home at Mont Grantez and with the team from ‘Caring Cooks’ at Frances Le Sueur Centre where we will explore issues of food waste, reducing packaging and cooking from scratch items normally purchased from a local supermarket and how wildlife can benefit from food waste. Wildlife will be a key theme of the weekend and there will be events around barn owls and bees, and bird tours from the Wetlands Centre over the weekend with local ornithologist, Neil Singleton and Cris Sellarés from Birds on the Edge. Throughout the weekend families can explore the area using the self-guided nature trail around St Ouen’s Bay ending up at Jersey Pearl where they can claim a free ice cream.

Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, is continuing to support The Trust in 2017 as part of its commitment to protecting the local environment and preserving Jersey's history. Following its successful sponsorship of last year's National Trust for Jersey Kite Festival and the Nature Trails programme, the firm has chosen to support further National Trust initiatives in 2017 and is proud to be part of the inaugural #LoveNature Festival. Mourant Ozannes Jersey Managing Partner, Jonathan Speck, said:

We carefully consider all our sponsorships each year and our people are keen to support worthwhile causes which contribute to the community and the development of Jersey as a whole. We feel strongly that the National Trust for Jersey meets these criteria and have always been strong supporters of their efforts. We are pleased to collaborate once again for the #LoveNature Festival this Year, which promises to be an exciting new project. Our team very much looks forward to being an active part of the festival, which will provide fantastic events for everyone in Jersey to enjoy. For more information on the programme log on to or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. D i s c o v e r | 21


Easter Saturday 15 April

Wonders of the East

Meet Your Guide Bob Tompkins is an enthusiastic supporter of the National Trust for Jersey; a Council Member, Bob also sits on the Executive and is Chairman of the Lands Committee. Bob is dedicated to the island’s conservation cause. Bob is kindly staging a series of walks this year with all proceeds going to the Trust. The walks are free to Members of the Trust and £5.00 for NonMembers. All walks can be booked on line at

Featured Walk – Discover Plémont

Plémont Beach Cafe is a family run business that is very popular with both locals and visitors. The cafe prides itself on using Genuine Jersey produce whenever possible and has incredible views and fabulous food. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Café Ouen now serves delicious afternoon tea daily, between 2pm and 4pm. Alternatively have lunch before the walk – specialties include breaded goat’s cheese, squash and beetroot burger, fresh crab sandwiches and toasted ciabattas.

Saturday 1 July

In July 2014 the site at Plémont was a dilapidated former holiday camp and since then 76 tonnes of asbestos, over 500 tonnes of metal, 11,913 tonnes of concrete (or 800 lorry loads) and 250 tonnes of furniture, fixtures and fittings have been removed and the vast majority recycled. Join Bob on a walk that takes in the landscapes, coastal footpaths and lanes in and around the stunning and refurbished Plémont headland. Meeting point: Car Park at Plémont Time: 2 pm Duration: 2 hours Why don’t you treat yourself to a crab sandwich or cream tea either before or after your walk? Burn off a few calories and then put them all on again!

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Bob’s Walks for Spring 2017 Saturday 25 March

St Martin’s Meander

A walk through green country lanes, ancient footpaths and woodlands around the beautiful parish of St Martin including Rozel Manor and Fliquet before joining the cliff paths above St Catherine and returning via footpaths and lanes to the car park. Meeting Point - Car Park opposite St Martin’s Public Hall Time: 2.00 pm Duration: 2.5 hours

Enjoy a walk that climbs up footpaths and down through fields offering spectacular views across countryside and seascapes. The return journey takes in the lanes behind Grouville Parish Hall and passes close to Grouville Mill before returning back to the starting point. Meeting Point - Caldwell Hall, St Clement Time: 2.00 pm Duration: 2.5 hours

Saturday 27 May

The Lost Dolmen

Starting from Archirondel main car park and walking to La Coupe and back again along the beaches and coastal footpaths in search of the lost dolmen. Enjoy spectacular views of the nearby Normandy coast on your travels. Meeting Point - car park at Archirondel Time: 1.00 pm Duration: 3.5 hours

Saturday 10 June

La Mielle de Morville Circular Walk

This circular walk travels through La Mielle de Morville, climbing up to Grantez, travelling along the ridgeway walk toward St Ouen’s church passing the Mill before descending back down into the bay. Meeting Point - The car park opposite Kempt Tower Time: 2pm Duration: 2.5 hrs Price for all walks: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Country cinema

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the coastline campaign in 2016, The Trust screened a series of films in a range of coastal locations including Le Don Hilton, Le Catel Fort, the Frances Le Sueur Centre and Greve de Lecq Barracks. All of the films had a sea/ coastal theme and included classics such as ‘Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot’ with Jacques Tati, ’20,000 Leagues under the Sea’ and ‘The Crimson Pirate (who can forget Burt Lancaster’s sparkling dentures!). Highlights of the season however were ‘Point Break’ and ‘Jaws’ both of which were screened under the stars at the White House (Le Don Hilton) with the waves crashing against the sea wall at high tide. The evenings became something of a club night with attendees bringing along flap jacks and other goodies for film goers to share. This year the Trust is showing a range of films but this time with a bucolic theme. The films will be screened in some of the Trust's historic farmhouses and outbuildings including Le Quétivel Mill. Films will be aimed at different audiences, for example, the award winning film ‘Babe’ about a piglet who narrowly escapes his fate as Christmas dinner, is aimed at children and will be shown at Hamptonne. The latest Jane Austen will kick start the season – Love and Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny – the film is based on Austen’s comic gem novella "Lady Susan" and will be shown in the Pressoir at The Elms. The films start at 7.00 pm on the first Thursday of each month from May to November. This years Cinema Season has been kindly supported by Mourant Ozannes.

the films... Thursday 4 May

Thursday 7 September

Country Cinema - Love & Friendship at The Elms

Country Cinema - Miss Potter at The Elms

Thursday 1 June

Thursday 5 October

Country Cinema - Jean de Florettes at Le Moulin de Quétivel

Thursday 6 July

Country Cinema - Tamarah Drewe Venue to be confirmed

Thursday 3 August

Country Cinema - Pride and Prejudice Venue to be confirmed

Thursday 2 November

Country Cinema - Sense and Sensibility at Les Chapelles des Freres

Country Cinema - Babe Venue to be confirmed

£10 to include a glass of wine. To book tickets go to Children under 16 £5.00 (Babe)

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Sunset concerts 23 and 24 June

In 2013 Toploader released two singles 'Turn It Around,' and ‘This Is The Night'. Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2.

he ‘Sunset Concerts’ are open air, early evening music events which take place at Grantez, Le Chemin du Monts, St. Ouen – a beautiful open headland overlooking St Ouen’s Bay and L’Etacq with a natural amphitheatre – a perfect space to host an al fresco concert. Hugely popular, the site opens at 5.30 pm before the concerts start at around 7 pm and finishes at 9pm or thereabouts when the sun sets over St Ouen’s Bay. An event for all ages, local residents and visitors arrive laden with rugs, picnic hampers, deckchairs and all manner of paraphernalia to settle down to enjoy the view, the music and just being outside during the summer solstice. Some concert goers keep it simple with sandwiches and a flask; others settle down on picnic rugs and have champagne, smoked salmon, strawberries and other delights. The concerts traditionally host a local band on the Friday evening and a UK band on the Saturday. Previous bands have included gospel singers, R and B, funk bands, jazz and even ‘Mountain Monkey’ music! 24 | D i s c o v e r

2017, sees local bands 'Word on the Street' and 'The Kings of Swing' perform on Friday then chart topping band ‘Toploader’ perform on Saturday.

With a reputation as a genuine crowd-pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T In The Park and Chris Evans’s Carfest.

Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both at home and abroad. Their debut album 'Onka's Big Moka,' sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.

Toploader’s highly anticipated 4th album ‘Seeing Stars’ including the upcoming singles ‘Roll With The Punches’ and ‘Boom Song’ (produced by Andy Green) is scheduled for release in early 2017. The album will be accompanied by a full UK tour and a host of festival appearances across Europe next summer.

In 2000 the single 'Dancing in the Moonlight' became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name.

An event for all ages, local residents and visitors arrive laden with rugs, picnic hampers, deckchairs and all manner of paraphernalia to settle down to enjoy the view

2017 is Ashburton Investments’ ninth year partnering the National Trust for Jersey’s Sunset Concerts. The annual blend of music, picnic food and fabulous views has helped to raise the profile of the Coastline Campaign which aims to safeguard Jersey’s natural heritage for future generations.

Elenor Bouchet


Tens of thousands of friends and families, including my own, have enjoyed a mixture of local and international performers in the surroundings of Jersey’s stunning west coast, raising nearly £60,000 to conserve vulnerable habitats. I am very proud to be part of the protection of our countryside. You will have seen Ashburton staff at each of the Sunset Concerts, chatting, handing out gifts and even having a bit of a dance. It’s a popular way to kick back and relax after a hard week of work, plus a chance to show off the spectacular surroundings to clients.

I love that the concerts are held in a hidden gem of Jersey’s country side. To work your way through the winding lanes to find the site and then walk down through the trees which open out onto the stunning view over St Ouen’s Bay reminds me that we are lucky enough to live somewhere very special. The Sunset Concerts’ are a fun way for all ages to engage with and invest in Jersey’s rich natural environment. Everyone can be a part of protecting the island’s future in the same way that Ashburton looks to protect your investments for years to come. 2016 was the biggest attendance and the largest fundraising total so far for the Sunset Concerts. This year, I am very excited to see platinum selling band Toploader headlining on the Saturday. It looks like it will be another year to remember on the Grantez headland.

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Picnic Suggestions... Tropical Rocky Road

Coronation drumsticks



100g butter 100g golden syrup 200g dark chocolate, chopped 100g milk chocolate, chopped 100g coconut Nice biscuits 80g dried banana chips 100g dried tropical fruit (we used mango and pineapple), roughly chopped 50g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped 50g mini marshmallows 50g desiccated coconut 1 ball stem ginger, finely chopped

140g Greek yogurt 2 tbsp mild curry powder 3 tbsp mango chutney (one without too many chunks) 2 tsp black sesame or nigella seeds 8 chicken drumsticks

Method 1.

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Line a large baking tray with foil. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, curry powder, chutney and seeds, then season. Add the chicken and toss everything to coat. You can now leave it to marinate for up to 48 hrs, or you can cook it straight away. 2. Arrange the chicken on the baking tray (save any marinade in the bowl) and cook for 40 mins. Turn the chicken halfway through, brush with the remaining marinade and continue cooking. Leave to cool for at least 10 mins, or completely if you have time, then pack into a container. Chill until ready to transport in a cool bag.

Method 1.

Line a 20 x 20cm baking tin with baking parchment. Put the butter, golden syrup, chocolate and a pinch of salt into a saucepan. Set over a low heat and gently melt, stirring from time to time, until you have a glossy liquid. 2. Crumble the biscuits and banana chips into a large bowl, leaving some pieces larger than others to create a bumpy texture. Add the dried fruit, nuts, marshmallows, coconut and ginger, and pour over the chocolate mixture. Stir well, ensuring that everything is well coated, then tip into the tin. Use a spoon to press the mixture down and level the surface. 3. Chill for at least 2 hrs or until firmly set. Cut into 16 squares and pack for a picnic. Store in a tin for up to 3 days. Taken from the BBC Good Food website collection/picnic

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Sunset Concert ‘Must Have’s’ 1. 2. 3. 4.

Rugs and Blankets Torch Sunglasses Something warm to wear when the sun goes down or the fog rolls in… 5. Camera/iPhone for capturing the sunset 6. Flat and closed shoes (and good for dancing in!) 7. Picnic basket stuffed with lovely things to eat and drink 8. Carrier bag or bin liners to take rubbish home 9. Lots of friends to car share 10. A BIG donation for the cause!


In the

spotlight e are delighted to announce that our guest speaker for the Annual Dinner will be Beccy Speight, from the Woodland Trust. Beccy joined the Woodland Trust as its Chief Executive Officer in 2014 after working for the National Trust for 14 years, initially as the General Manager of the Stourhead Estate, then as the Director for the East Midlands and then Midlands regions from 2005. From 2009, Beccy was responsible for leading and championing the National Trust’s work on its sustainable food agenda and she chaired the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee for the Soil Association. She also contributed to national steering groups on contemporary art in the National Trust, its work in the outdoors and engaging urban communities. Prior to joining the National Trust, Beccy worked in local government in Scotland and was a company director at management consultants Smythe Dorward Lambert.

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A Q&A with Beccy Speight, CEO of the Woodland Trust 1. Why is woodland important? Woodland is important for all sorts of reasons – native woodland in particular supports high levels of biodiversity; access to it has been shown to improve our health and wellbeing, trees help clean our air and water, can help prevent flooding and store carbon. Woodland can also provide timber and other sustainable wood products and in some areas forms an important part of the rural economy. Woodland can also add to the beauty of our landscapes and links us into our history and heritage. Ancient woodland (an area of land that has never been anything other than wooded), in particular, has been evidenced as the most biodiverse habitat in the UK and links us back to the historic ‘wildwood’ that once covered much of the UK thousands of years ago. Ancient woodland is very fragmented now and makes up just 2% of UK land cover.

2. Your favourite forest/ woodland in the UK or elsewhere? My favourite woodland in the UK… that’s tricky! Perhaps Duncliffe, an ancient woodland in Dorset, where I come from. Full of wonderful flora and fauna, but also Heartwood – the newest and largest continuous broadleaved forest in England, near St Albans, where every tree has been planted by a volunteer. I also love the ancient forest of the Carpathians, which I was lucky enough to visit around thirty years ago and which is coming under increasing threat currently.

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3. Your favourite tree? My favourite tree is the street tree outside my house in Nottingham – a sycamore. I can sit just a mile from the city centre and watch nuthatches feeding in it out of my study window!

4. Do you have a chainsaw licence? I do not – but I know a lot of people who do! Proper management of woodland is important for its resilience and biodiversity – there isn’t a single wood in the UK which is untouched by humans, ancient woodland is often full of old coppice stools, pollards and charcoal pits. So the sound of a chainsaw can be a good thing.

5. What inspired you to work for the Woodland Trust? I think that the fight for our natural spaces is the fight of our age – how should we use our land, what should we use it for? Whilst built heritage is relatively well appreciated and protected these days (with some awful notable exceptions), nature is up against it, with a perfect storm of growing population, increasing economic development and climate change.

6. What environmentalist inspires you? I shook David Attenborough’s hand recently and decided I would never wash again! He has done an enormous amount to engage the mass public in the natural world. John Muir, who many think of as the founder of the conservation movement and whose work led to the US National Park protection system, is also an inspiration. I also love lots of the new writers who are writing so passionately about the natural world and its impact on us – Helen Macdonald, Robert Macfarlane, Amy Liptrot to name but a few. And I am hugely inspired by all those who volunteer to help the natural environment in some way – it’s great to feel part of a movement of people who care about nature so much that they dedicate their free time to helping it.

7. If the UK Government could do anything to help the cause of the Woodland Trust – what would it be? The simplest thing would be to amend the National Planning Policy Framework to give stronger protection to ancient woodland from inappropriate development. We’d like it to have the same protection as built heritage and although it has some level of protection, at the moment there are loopholes that can be exploited by unscrupulous developers. We have never had so many ancient woods on our ‘at threat’ list as we do now – and that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.

8. How do you feel BREXIT will impact on the Trust? It remains to be seen. On the one hand, we are concerned that the level of environmental protection offered by being a part of the EU will be downgraded. On the other hand, the opportunity to reshape the agricultural subsidy system post CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) is a huge opportunity to build something new that incentivises a wider view of land use beyond food production and delivers the fullest possible public benefit for public money.

9. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere – what would it say?

10. What have you changed your mind about in the last few years and why? My decision to leave the National Trust (which I loved dearly) and work for the Woodland Trust wasn’t the result of a change of mind, but it was definitely the result of a developing line of thinking. I felt I wanted to work for a conservation organisation that was more on the front line in trying to save and improve our natural environment. In a similar vein, I have come to the conclusion that political lobbying will only get you so far – you have to win the hearts and minds of the people to create real change for the better.

I’m not sure I’m keen on billboards in landscape terms! But my message to the world would be ‘Stand up for trees – we need them.’

AGM and Annual Dinner Friday 7 April The National Trust for Jersey Annual Dinner for members and their guests will follow the Annual General Meeting which takes place at St. Brelade’s Bay Hotel, at 6.00 pm on Friday 7 April 2017. Attendance at this Meeting, for which there is no charge, is restricted to Members of The National Trust for Jersey. Members and guests should arrive for a pre-dinner reception commencing at 7 pm in the Cocktail Bar. Dinner will be served at 7.30 pm in the restaurant. Dress code is lounge suits. Reservations for the 4 course dinner can be made by returning the application form that members will receive together with a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque payable to the National Trust for Jersey for £30.00 per person. Please note that the price does not include any wine or spirits and these can be purchased from the bar prior to dinner. Copies of the Annual Report and Accounts will be available at the AGM as well as on line on or by request by contacting Donna Le Marrec at The Elms on 483193 or by email at

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EN J O Y | B r i n g i n g H i st ory t o L ife

Bringing History to Life at

16 New Street one are the days when a museum implied anonymous corridors filled with collections in cabinets or glass cases. Over the past few decades, devoted restorers around the world have breathed life into the fusty image of museums, preserving, renovating or recreating houses as they were when they were built, or when they were lived in by their owners. A visit to the Trust’s showcase museum at 16 New Street offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the architectural style of the Regency period and also learn about the

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life and times of its inhabitants. With a wide range of activities and events timetabled throughout the year, there are plenty of reasons why many people come back again and again to 16 New Street. Five years on since the Georgian House first opened its doors to the public in November 2011, this iconic building nestled right in the heart of St Helier has been enjoyed as a venue for wedding ceremonies, special birthday dinners and drinks’ receptions – and more recently used as a backdrop for musical recitals, film screenings and theatre productions.

16 New Street Summer Opening Times April – October Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am – 4pm The Trust’s gift shop at 16 New Street has been restocked for the season. As well as gifts, it carries a wide range of stationery, cards and books. Members receive a 10% discount.

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T h e I m po r ta n c e o f B e in g E a r n e s t Jersey’s very own Downton Abbey - BBC Radio Jersey ast year’s performance of An Ideal Husband by the Butterfly Theatre Company was a wonderful way of showcasing the Georgian House to small but appreciative audiences. Much to the delight of the Trust, the production was sold out every night and tickets for this year’s show, The Importance of Being Earnest, are selling fast. Known for their skill at breathing life into much loved texts using unusual spaces to set the story, Butterfly have performed around the world in unique settings ranging from ancient forests and historic castles to medieval cities and man-made caves. Artistic director, Aileen Gonsalves (who has recently been made associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company) says she was bowled over by the beauty of 16 New Street from the moment she stepped through the front door and knew immediately that the venue would make a brilliant setting for Oscar Wilde’s plays.

Carla-Marie Metcalfe, the producer of The Importance of Being Earnest (who went to Beaulieu Convent), explains how immersive theatre works: “It’s a promenade production, which means that the drama follows a route through the house and the audience follow the actors around… I describe Butterfly’s work as having the liveliness of theatre but with the backdrop of a film set." This year’s audience will be transported to a world of handbags and cucumber sandwiches as they follow the misdemeanours of the young aristocracy who endeavour to add a little excitement to their burdensome lives. Watch the drama unfold this spring at 16 New Street.

Price: £12 lunchtime performances; £15 evening performances Booking: nowplaying

Kindly supported by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

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Celebrating the domestic home

It is hard to imagine today, faced with the rapid expansion of St Helier, that in c.1730 when 16 New Street was constructed as a family home for Philippe Patriarche the building was surrounded by fields and extensive gardens, particularly to the West. Now that the new extension to de Gruchy’s is nearing completion, the scaffolding has come down and 16 New Street is revealed once again in all its glory, passers-by can hopefully gain a better understanding of the Trust’s role in securing a sustainable future for important historic places such as the Georgian House and the Foot Buildings that were once threatened with demolition and disrepair. This spring the Trust is holding a series of events at 16 New Street celebrating the history of the domestic home.

Thursday 9 March, 7pm – 8.15pm

If Walls Could Talk

Our homes are often described as an extension of our characters, each room providing an insight into evershifting attitudes to privacy, class, cleanliness and technology. But how much do we know about the history of the domestic home? Many of us have visited historic palaces and watched television dramas showcasing the lives of the upper classes, but what do we know about the ordinary houses we grew up in? In this fascinating talk at 16 New Street, local historian and expert Peter Le Rossignol takes the audience through the home room by room and into the mysterious world of the past. From the kitchen and dining room to the bedroom and bathroom (or lack of it), Peter discusses everything from bed-sharing and personal hygiene to tea drinking, table manners and etiquette. Admission: £10 Members; £12 Non-Members (price includes a glass of wine on arrival)

Saturday 11 March, 2pm-4pm

Sketch It! Drawing Workshop at 16 New Street A rare opportunity to spend an uninterrupted Saturday afternoon at the Georgian House brushing up on your drawing skills. Under the expert guidance of Ann Morgan, budding artists will learn how to sketch from direct observation taking inspiration from the wealth of architectural details and artefacts found at 16 New Street. Price: £16 Members; £20 Non-Members (price includes refreshments)

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Bringing History to Life at


ne of the Trust’s objectives for 2017 is to attract more repeat visitors to its properties by staging events that bring our historic sites to life. This summer we are very excited to be working with three teams of living history volunteers at Grève de Lecq Barracks, where we will be staging a two-day event in June showcasing the life of the Channel Island soldier, c.1781-1945. Over the course of the weekend the site will be divided into three distinctive camps – with the 1781 Jersey Militia stationed up at Catel Fort (listen out for the canons!) and The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (World War I) and Jersey Force 135 (World War II) based at the parade ground. A perfect day out for all the family, Time Travel at the Barracks is a rare opportunity to compare a day in the life of an 18th-century soldier with the life of a World War I and World War II soldier – what they wore, where they slept, what they ate and which weapons they used.

17-18 June, 10am-4pm

Time Travel at the Barracks Admission: Free Refreshments will be served throughout the day - bacon butties and bean crock from 10am and afternoon tea from 2pm.

Grève de Lecq Barracks Summer Opening Times May – September Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm The Trust’s small gift shop at the Barracks stocks a wide range of imaginative gifts, including stationery and home wares. This year the Trust will be serving refreshments on site during opening hours – why not stop off for a coffee next time you’re out walking?

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Activities to try

The Trust’s practical workshops are always hugely popular and provide a welcome opportunity for Islanders to try a new skill and make new friends in a relaxed and informal setting. This year the Trust has expanded its range of practical workshops to include something for everyone, young and old. National Trust for Jersey members receive a 20% discount across all of our events – a perfect incentive for anyone thinking about joining.

Workshops for Food Lovers

Workshops for Nature Lovers

Saturday 6 May, 10.30am – 3.00pm

Saturday 25 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Real Bread Workshop at Quétivel Mill

To launch the start of Real Bread Week, the Trust has teamed up with artisan baker Richie Howell to deliver a bread making workshop inside our very own watermill. Participants will learn the whole bread making process from start to finish - from preparing the ferment and mixing the dough to proving and baking their own loaf of bread.

Pruning and Grafting Apple Trees with Vincent Obbard

Did you know that every full-sized apple tree is made from two different trees? Enjoy a morning of practical information and hands-on learning about the art and science of grafting and pruning apple trees. Each participant will receive a rootstock and a scion to graft and take home for planting.

Price: Members £40, Non-Members £50 (price includes lunch and all materials)

Price: Members £15; Non-Members £20 (price includes morning coffee)

Saturday 22 July, 2pm – 5pm

Saturday 10 June, 11am – 3pm

Fudge Workshop – Jersey Cream to Genuine Jersey Confectionery

Learn how to make and flavour your own fudge with legendary fudge maker Sue Le Gresley, who has won numerous national awards for her Genuine Jersey confectionery. The session will begin with a short talk and tasting session by independent dairy Classic Herd, who supply Sue with Genuine Jersey butter and cream for her secret recipe. Price: Members £16; Non-Members £20 (price includes afternoon tea)

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Herbs and their Uses – The Handmade Apothecary

Whether you are passionate about using herbs to flavour your food, aid your digestion or nourish your body this workshop is for you. The session will begin with a talk on culinary herbs by Sally Fleming, of Samares Manor, and then after a herb-themed lunch participants will learn how to make their own herbal infusions, ointments and salves using essential oils and fresh herbs from the garden at Quétivel Mill. Price: Members £30; Non-Members £35 (price includes lunch and all materials)

News from Le Moulin de Quétivel The cycle track through St Peter’s Valley is nearing completion and soon it will bring visitors right to our front door. The Mill is a lovely place to stop off for a cup of coffee as you’re passing through the valley. Cycle racks are provided on site and the Trust’s meadow provides a perfect spot for picnicking (when the cows are not grazing there!). For visitors with dogs, why not park at the Mill Pond and walk back through the woodland to the Mill, where you can enjoy a freshly made cappuccino and a slice of homemade cake. Well behaved dogs are permitted inside the mill.

Workshops for Craft Lovers Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 10am – 4pm

Painting Weekend with Gabrielle Radiguet

In this two day weekend workshop, artist Gabrielle Radiguet will take you on a mixed media journey to explore and celebrate the late summer harvest in the historic walled garden at The Elms. As well as drawing and painting with charcoal, inks and acrylic, we will (weather permitting!) be making cyanotype (sun prints) from the plants and found objects that we come across. Price: Members £80; Non-Members £90

Saturday 5 August

Potted Embroidery for Beginners

This summer the Trust is teaming up with The Embroiderers’ Guild to celebrate National Stitch Day at 16 New Street. A wide programme of activities is planned throughout the day to include stitching demonstrations and clinics, a small embroidery exhibition, and hand embroidery workshops for both adults and children. Adult Workshop: 11am – 12 noon; £10 members; £12 Non-Members Children’s Workshop: 2pm – 3pm; £5 Members; £8 Non-Members

Quétivel Mill Opening Times May – September Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am – 4pm Open on Bank Holidays

Saturday 13 May Open Milling This is the only opportunity in the year when visitors can watch the whole milling process from start to finish. For further information, please visit our website

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Saturday 18 March 10.30am to 1pm

Build your very own Bee n’ Bee Hotel for Solitary Bees

Wild bees pollinate crops and wild flowers but sadly many bees are in decline. Bees require two things; food - pollen and nectar and a home nesting sites. Building bee hotels provides an easy way of helping them. Why not do ‘your bit’ by building a new bee hotel for your garden. Learn everything there is to know about all kinds of bees and what makes them different with Conservation Officer, Jon Rault.

Children’s Activities at 16 New Street

Once upon a time parents were afraid to take their children into a museum for fear they might disturb the other visitors - or, heaven forbid, touch something. Thankfully those days are long gone and today the Georgian House welcomes children of all ages and offers every child a free children’s guidebook on arrival. Visiting families can: • • • •

Price: £20 per bee hotel for Members, £25.00 per bee hotel for Non-Members. Suitable for adults and children aged 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet the resident cook and taste Georgian style food Follow a treasure trail around the house Complete a children’s quiz and win a sticker! Dress up in Georgian costume

Admission: £6 Adults; £3 Children; Trust Members and Under 5s Free

Thursday May 4 10 to 11am.

Tots' Tales – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Join us in the walled garden at The Elms to listen to the ever-popular story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle, followed by crafts, games and fun, educational activities. Suitable for pre-school children aged 2-4 Free for Members. £5.00 for Non-Members. Suitable for pre-school children aged 2-4.

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Rock Pool Rambles, Bug Safaris and Hop to It! In an age when many children spend a lot of time in front of a computer, the television and on iPads, the National Trust with the support of HSBC are encouraging children to discover the world around them. Throughout the spring and summer children can explore rock pools, go pond dipping and even go on a bug safari. Splash through the rock pools at low-tide to discover ginormous shore crabs, tiny spider crabs, colourful anemones and beautiful starfish. Learn to look at this familiar environment in a new way and discover creatures you have never seen before!

Stride through the wild grasses of Le Noir Pré to our secret hideaway beside St Ouen’s pond to discover and learn about the abundance of insects hiding in this unspoilt habitat. Why don’t you dip in to the weird and wonderful world of creatures that live in and around fresh water? Children will explore in and around the pond, identifying and learning about the strange creatures that lurk below the surface. Throughout the spring and summer please refer to and our magazine for dates and time or call Jo on 483193.

June 1 12 pm–2pm.

Saturday 22 July 2 - 5pm

Family Picnic

Kite Flying at Plémont

Grab some friends, make some sandwiches and head to The Elms in St Mary and enjoy a picnic under apple trees in the orchard.

Come along to the newly restored headland at Plémont – the subject of much campaigning over the past 10 years. Learn how to make and fly a kite, bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful fun-filled afternoon for all the family.- Free

Games and activities will be provided – just bring something to sit on and whatever you would like to eat and drink. Members free – Non-Members £3.00

Saturday August 12 4 pm - 9 am

Big Wild Sleep Out at Morel Farm

A one night only ‘sleep over’ at Morel Farm Come along with your children and cook on a campfire, go on a moonlit walk, light a fire with flints, listen out for bats, sing songs, sleep under the stars and enjoy the dawn chorus…. Price: £15 – children under 5 go free. Families will need to bring their own tent, sleeping bags and a torch. Please note there are no washing only toilet facilities.

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family fun on the beach

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EN J O Y | famil y fun on t h e be ac h

Hunting for Treasure!

Last year we teamed up with the Société Jersiaise for an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference. Children searched for Mermaid's purses, as well as painted pebbles, which they were able to exchange for a chocolate egg. At the end all the egg cases were counted and added to the Société's database.

An afternoon walk along the beach can become a treasure-hunting adventure for families and the perfect time to go beach-combing is after a storm when the wind and waves have dislodged and brought ashore all manner of unusual items. The more romantic amongst us can hunt for ‘mermaid’s purses’ and ‘mermaid’s tears’ (egg cases and sea glass to the more scientificallyminded)


Don’t forget to carry a bag for any rubbish you find along the way.

Mermaid’s purses are in fact the egg cases of catsharks (also known as dogfish) and skates. They are laid in shallow coastal waters where the baby sharks and skates incubate for up to a year before emerging to fend for themselves. The case is made of a substance similar to human hair and nails and contains everything the young needs to survive and develop. Dogfish and rays are part of the shark family. They are different to other fish because they have a flexible skeleton made of cartilage, not bone. The most common egg cases found washed-up on our beaches in Jersey are from the Undulate Ray and Blonde Ray. A smaller number are found from Catsharks.

join the fun this year: Easter Saturday April 15

The Shark Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt with a difference! Alongside knowledgeable guides, search the high-tide line for shark, ray and skate egg cases which will be identified, counted and added to the marine conservation survey (and there may just be a chocolate treat at the end). Booking essential Time: 11 -12.30 pm Price: Free Found some egg cases? Submit your findings to the Société Jersiaise to make a valuable contribution to their research. Contact: marinebiology@ Fancy exploring a little further down the beach? Join us throughout the summer holidays for Rock Pool Rambles to delve into the weird and wonderful world of rock pool creatures.

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one man's rubbish

is another man’s treasure… or many years, communities worldwide dumped their rubbish in or near to the sea, and unfortunately some still do. More often than not this rubbish includes glass which over the years is broken up into small pieces by the tumbling sea, eventually acquiring its characteristic opaque appearance. Legend has it that these glass nuggets are the tears of mermaids who cried each time a sailor drowned at sea. A good walk on the beach can usually provide a handful of this treasure. Use your haul to create a keepsake piece of coastal art. You will need: • Assorted sea glass • A glue gun or strong glue such as UHU • A frame • Driftwood or other beach finds • A thin black permanent marker Method: • Take inspiration from the pieces in your collection to decide on a theme for your picture. • Lay the pieces out within the frame and once happy with your design, carefully glue in place. • Add finishing touches using the permanent marker and display with pride! 40 | D i s c o v e r


My Jersey Cristina Sellarés


set foot in Jersey for the first time in January 2002. I was going to spend 6 months as a volunteer at the zoo of my most influential hero, Gerald Durrell – 15 years later I have a few more reasons to love this Island. The sea. Ten minutes away from anywhere you might be. I grew up by the Mediterranean and I’m used to having the sea available. I don’t need to see it everyday, just to know that it’s there. You can feel it near, rumbling, an open space all the way to the horizon. It’s soothing and comforting, the way its presence clears the landscape of clutter. St Ouen’s Bay. You don’t get a better view of the sea than from above the Bay. The long-curving, sweeping land of gorse and shrub, meadows, reed beds and sand dunes, that descends gently to meet the sand, the rocks, the waves of the sea, one a continuation of the other.

Harriers, harriers everywhere. Like some other raptors which were hunted to near extinction, harriers are recovering throughout the continent and filling important ecological niches. In Jersey they are exploiting the surplus of rabbit and rat, and the population seems to have reached a stable size. Thanks to their remarkable ability to adapt to our landscape, you can now see a harrier pretty much anywhere – I certainly have. East, North or West, if you keep an eye to the sky soon enough you will see the long and narrow silhouette, beating slowly like a giant owl, quartering the fields and meadows on the hunt for rodents. But, for the most sublime spectacle, you have them over St Ouen’s Pond in the spring – the agility and boldness of their aerial courtship is second to none, and their tumbles and loops will have your heart in a knot.

And it’s not just the harriers. The Island’s habitats are compacted and intertwined, and you have at your doorstep many creatures that in the mainland are shy and difficult to find: red squirrels, green lizards, wall lizards, peregrine falcons, ravens, Dartford warblers, fulmars, seals, and even dolphins if you hop on a boat for a morning. I am convinced that nowhere else in the British Islands, or even the continent, can you find this vast, seasonal variety of wildlife; a result of the particular combination of land, sea and tides which surround and shape Jersey.

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Calling all


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Help us to protect our landscapes for ever and for everyone By Charles Alluto

chief executive National trust FOR jersey

aving recently made a significant pledge to protect another 1,000 vergées of coastline by 2036, the Trust is now rolling up its sleeves to take on this substantial challenge. It goes without saying that we will not be able to honour our pledge without your support. In particular we are calling on all landowners to consider how they might help to safeguard our Island for the benefit of future generations. Firstly we are not asking you to give us your land – although happy to have a chat if you want to consider that option. Secondly we are not asking for money – although donations are always warmly appreciated. Thirdly you don’t have to be a member of the Trust to participate – although everyone who loves their Island ought to be a member. Hopefully you are now wondering how you can help the Trust to realise its vision. Well in 1984 the States wisely passed a law enabling any landowner in Jersey to enter a legal agreement with the National Trust to prevent open land from being built upon at any time in the future. This does not prevent the land from being bequeathed, sold or rented in perpetuity, but it does mean that it will always remain an open space for ever and a day. Legally termed a “restrictive covenant”, we much prefer to call it a “landscape protection agreement” because of the positive impact it can have. Such an agreement, which is normally no more than 2 pages long, can be easily drafted by the Trust’s lawyers for your consideration and if you need independent legal advice, the Trust will also cover reasonable expenses.

Thereafter a quick trip to the Royal Court on a Friday afternoon will seal the deal. To date we have 10 landscape protection agreements in place covering over 90 vergées, including agricultural land, woodland and wet meadows. But just imagine what could be achieved if just 10% of Jersey’s landowners agreed to put a protection agreement in place. Having gone through the process myself, I can assure you it is painless and hassle free, and above all I have the satisfaction of knowing that a little piece of Mourier Valley will be protected for ever. Of course if you do not own any land then you can still help us to make a difference by considering a donation to our Coastline Campaign, from as little as £2.50 a month. This will enable us to continue to acquire coastal sites and further build upon the successful purchase of Plémont. If you love your Island as much as we do then please help us to achieve our goal. It will cost you nothing but will deliver a legacy of considerable value. For more information about protection agreements please give me a call on 483193 or contact:

Image: Cape Verde, 4 vergées of wooded meadow permanently protected by the late Mrs Ansell Hawkins

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Join & Get Involved All of our events are open to members and nonmembers but if you are not a member of the Trust it might be worthwhile considering joining. Not only does your membership allow you free access to over 300 National Trust properties in the UK and access to properties, sites and reserves around the world, but many of our events are free or discounted with members. You will also be doing your bit to help us protect the environment, wildlife and historic buildings for everyone and forever. Membership starts from as little as £25.00 per year for an adult single – so your investment would be recouped over the course of the year if you attend some of the many events on offer… For more information on membership please go to

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march Saturday 11 March

Sketch it! Drawing Workshop at 16 New Street

Time: 2pm - 4pm Price: £16 Members; £20 NonMembers to include refreshments

Saturday 4 March

Bee n’ Bee: Build a Hotel for Solitary Bees

Meeting Point: The Elms, La Chève Rue, St Mary Time: 10.30am - 1pm Price: £20 per family Members for a bee ‘n’ bee hotel to take home and £25 for Non-Members.

Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April

Hop to It!

Meeting Point: Car Park at Kempt Tower Time: 2pm - 3.30pm Booking essential

Saturday 25 March

St Martin’s Meander Walk

Meeting Point Car Park opposite St Martin’s Public Hall Time: 2pm – 4.30pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Friday 7 April

Annual Dinner at St Brelade’s Bay Hotel

Thursday 9 March

If Walls Could Talk: A Talk on the History of the Domestic Home

Time: 7pm – 10pm Price: £30

Time: 7pm - 8.15 pm Price: £10 Members; £12 NonMembers to include a glass of wine

Easter Saturday 15 April

Wonders of the East Walk

Meeting Point: Caldwell Hall Time: 2pm - 4.30pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Monday 27 March – Sunday 2 April

Thursday 2 March

Tots' Tales: Superworm

Meeting Point: The Elms Time: 10am - 11am Price: Free for Members £5 for Non-Members

The Importance of Being Earnest at 16 New Street

Time: 1pm, 6pm and 8pm Price: £15 evening performances; £12 lunchtime performances (+ booking fee)

Easter Saturday 15 April

To book go to www.jerseybutterfly

Meeting Point: L’Etacq Time: 11am - 12.30pm Price: Free Booking Essential

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Shark Egg Hunt

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Thursday 4 May

Sunday 21 May

Venue: The Elms Time: 7pm – 9pm Price: £10 including glass of wine Kindly supported by Mourant Ozannes

Meeting point: Le Chemin de L’Ouziere, St Ouen’s Bay Time: 2pm - 4pm Price: Free entry

Country Cinema Love and Friendship

Orchid Field (Le Noir Pré) Open Afternoon

Saturday 27 May

Thursday 4 May

Tots' Tales - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Lost Dolmen Walk

Venue: The Elms Time: 10am - 11am Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 for Non-Members Booking essential

Saturday 13 May

Saturday 6 May

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May

Real Bread Workshop at Quétivel Mill Time: 10.30am – 3pm Price: Members £40; Non-Members £50 to include materials, lunch and a guided walk

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Open Milling Day

Time: 10am - 4pm Price: Adults: £3.00; Children: £1.00; NT Members and Under 5s FREE

#LoveNature Festival in and around St Ouen’s Bay Price: Free entry Kindly supported by Mourant Ozannes

Meeting Point: Car park at Archirondel Time: 1pm – 4.30pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members


Saturday 10 June

La Mielle de Morville Circular Walk

Meeting Point: The car park opposite Kempt Tower Time: 2pm - 4.30pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Saturday 10 June Thursday 1 June

Country Cinema - Jean de Florettes

Meeting point: Le Moulin de Quetivel Time: 7pm – 9 pm Price: £10 including glass of wine Kindly supported by Mourant Ozannes

Thursday 1 June

Family Picnic at The Elms

Herbs and their Uses Workshop Venue: Quétivel Mill Time: 11am - 3pm Price: £30 Members; £35 NonMembers to include materials and lunch

Friday and Saturday 23 and 24 June

Sunset Concerts at Mont Grantez Time: 5.30pm - 9.30 pm £5 for parking Kindly Sponsored by Ashburton

Saturday 24 June

Wading through the Water Walk from La Rocque Slip

Time: 1pm - 4.30 pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June

Time Travel at Grève de Lecq Barracks Time: 10am - 4pm

Time: 12pm – 2pm

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Saturday 15 July

Will’s Folly Jolly

Saturday July 1st

Discover Plémont Walk

Meeting point: Car Park at Plémont Time: 2pm - 4pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Thursday 6 July

Country Cinema – Tamarah Drewe at Morel Farm

Time: 7pm – 9pm Price: £10 including glass of wine Kindly supported by Mourant Ozannes

Join National Trust Ranger Will Kirby on a ramble around Jardin d’Olivet and uncover hidden follies from a bygone age and learn a bit more about some of the area’s famous neighbours – both human and animal. Jardin d’Olivet is a Commune – find out what this means. Meeting Point: Jardin D’Olivet car park Time: 10.30am - 1pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Saturday 22nd July

Fudge Workshop at Quétivel Mill

Time: 2pm - 5pm Price: £16 Members; £20 NonMembers to include materials and refreshments

Saturday 22 July

Kite Flying at Plémont

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Sunday 23 July

Discover the Violet Bank Low Water Walk

Meeting Point: Slipway by the Seymour Inn to leave promptly at 12pm Time: 11.45am - 3.15pm Price: Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July

Painting Weekend with Gabrielle Radiguet

Meeting point: The Elms, La Chève Rue, St Mary Time: 10am - 4pm daily Price: £80 for Members and £90 for Non-Members for the weekend to include materials. Lunch and refreshments.


Wednesday 2 August

Rock Pool Rambles in August

Venue: Quétivel Mill Time: 11am - 1pm Price: £10 Members; £12 NonMembers to include a flower press and refreshments

3 August


9.30am - 11.30am

4 August


10.30am - 12.30pm

7 August

La Rocque 12.30pm - 2.30pm

8 August

La Rocque 1.30pm - 3.30 pm

9 August


Thursday 3 August

10 August L’Etacq

2.30pm - 4.30pm

11 August


3pm - 5pm

Time: 7pm – 9pm Price: £10 Adults £5 Children to include refreshments

21 August

La Rocque 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Children’s Flower Pressing Workshop

Country Cinema – Babe

Saturday 5 August

National Stitch Day at 16 New Street

Time: 10am - 4pm Admission: £6.00 adults; £3.00 children; NT Members and Under 5s Free Adult Embroidery Workshop from 11am - 12 noon: £10 Members; £12 Non-Members including materials Children’s Embroidery Workshop: 2pm – 3pm; £5 Members; £8 NonMembers including materials

Wednesday 9 August

Children’s Pizza Workshop at Le Moulin de Quetivel Time: 11am - 1.30 pm Price: £10 Members; £12 NonMembers to include materials and refreshments

Saturday 12 August

Big ‘Wild’ sleep out at Morel Farm

2pm - 4pm

22 August La Rocque 1.30pm - 3.30pm 23 August L’Etacq

2pm - 4pm

24 August L’Etacq

2.30pm - 4.30pm

25 August L’Etacq

3pm - 5pm

Bug Safaris in August 1, 2, 3 and 4 August Kempt Tower 2pm - 4pm 9, 10 and 11 August Kempt Tower 10am - 12pm 23, 24 and 25 August Kempt Tower 10am - 12pm

Time: 4pm - 9am Price: £15, Under 5s Free Booking essential

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Explore with

jersey water

Jersey Water have made a significant investment into the paths and landscaping that enables them to keep their two biggest reservoirs (Queen’s Valley and Val de la Mare) open for all to enjoy. The arboretum at Val de la Mare is beautiful, particularly as the seasons change providing a natural kaleidoscope of colour. It is the tranquillity of Queen’s Valley that attracts dog walkers, runners and mums with prams to enjoy the beautiful scenery, whatever the weather. Home to many species of birds, wildlife, fish and rich greenery, the reservoirs are perfect for leisurely walks, running or simply relaxing and enjoying the spectacular views.

Queen’s Valley

Queen’s Valley is the newest and largest reservoir, completed in 1991 and it holds up to 1.2 billion litres of untreated water which is enough (when full) to supply Jersey with water for approximately 60 days. There are several walking routes around Queen’s Valley; the full circuit is 1.9miles (3.1km). If you are a keen runner, you can track your reservoir runs around both reservoirs; track your progress and compete against other locals! You just have to download the free Strava Run iPhone app. Queen’s Valley is connected to Jersey Water's raw water transfer main allowing them to move water between the reservoirs. This means that when one reservoir is full, the water can be transferred to another allowing the first one to keep filling. This way they can make sure that every drop of water is stored until all reservoirs are full.

Val de la Mare

Val de la Mare constructed in 1960 and is the second largest reservoir and holds up to 938.7 mega-litres of

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untreated water; 1 mega-litre is equal to 1 million litres so when the reservoir is full, it holds enough to supply the Island for approximately 47 days. The full circuit is 2.8 miles (4.5km). Near the West end of the reservoir you can see a floating piece of equipment called a ‘ResMix’, it works by slowly mixing and circulating oxygen-rich water from the surface to the bottom of the reservoir helping to reduce and control algae and manganese levels in the water. Val de la Mare has a natural wealth of flora and fauna and is home to many species of birds and wildlife. Owls are also particularly encouraged at the reservoir – see if you can spot their nesting boxes. Jersey Water also works together with Jersey Trees for Life to preserve and protect the ‘forgotten forest’, an arboretum which is situated on the valley side of the reservoir. Please take time to discover these beautiful reservoirs but remember to take care; stick to the footpaths and respect the environment, this is our drinking water so it’s important everyone protects it.

Queen’s Valley and Val de la Mare reservoirs are a sanctuary to many species of birds, wildlife, fish and rich greenery. They are perfect for leisurely walks, running or just simply relaxing and enjoying the very best of natural Jersey.


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Get in touch. We would love to hear your questions, comments and ideas. The National Trust for Jersey The Elms La Chève Rue St Mary Jersey JE3 3NE Telephone 01534 483193

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Thank you to Jersey Water. Without their support we would not have been able to produce this magazine.

Editorial Team

National Trust for Jersey: Sarah Hill, Donna Le Marrec, Catherine Ward, Jo Stansfield, Jon Parkes, Jon Rault, Cristina Sellarès, Charles Alluto, Christopher Harris. Gareth Syvret, Sociètè Jersiaise.


Credits to: Sociètè Jersiaise, Jersey Water, Michelle Caine, The Woodland Trust, Chris Brookes, The Butterfly Theatre Company, Visit Jersey. Our many members and supporters who share their photos with us. © 2017 – Discover Magazine is published by The National Trust for Jersey. The Publisher, editor and authors accept no responsibility in respect of any errors, omissions, misstatements, mistakes or references. Correct at the time of print March 2017.

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