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AUTUMN 2019

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In th_is issue P4

VIEW POINT

Charles Alluto, CEO

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IN THE NEWS

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DISCOVER HISTORIC BUILDINGS Grève de Lecq Barracks

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LANDSCAPES

La Cotte de St Brelade

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LANDSCAPES Man's Best Friend

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LANDSCAPES Maritime Heaths

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LANDSCAPES Mourier Valley

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ENJOY

Black Butter 'Le Nièr Beurre'

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Walking Though Autumn Festival

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Heritage Open Day


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MEET YOUR GUIDE Tina Hull

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MY JERSEY

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton

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LÉ JÈRRIAIS

Jersey's own language

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ACTIVITIES TO TRY

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Changes at The Elms

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Sheena Brockie

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PROTECT Electric Cars

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DISCOVER THE GARDEN at 16 New Street

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Wild After School

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Membership - Reciprocal Agreements Heritage New Zealand

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Dates For The Diary

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View Point C HARL ES AL L U TO CEO NATIONAL TRUST FOR JERSEY

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n the 4th October this year 10 years will have passed since 6,000 islanders from all sectors of the community, gathered on a grey Sunday afternoon to join hands along St Ouen’s Bay as a means of demonstrating their support and over whelming desire for our Government and our elected representatives to permanently protect Jersey’s unspoilt coastline.

Determined to prevent further large scale coastal developments such as La Coupe, Beauport Battery, and Portelet from blighting our coastline in future, “A Line in the Sand” delivered a simple but incredibly powerful message, namely that Jersey’s coastline belonged to us all and we were determined to safeguard it for the benefit of future generations. The peaceful protest prompted the Environment Minister at the time, Freddie Cohen, to describe it as a “game changer” and declare that the

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planning system needed to reflect this significant public aspiration. Soon after the Minister mooted the concept of a coastal national park, and within 2 years this was formally enshrined in the new Island Plan. With such an august anniversary and a new Island Plan on the horizon, this seems as good a time as any to reflect upon whether “A Line in the Sand” delivered the protection we were promised or whether our coastline remains under threat. Undoubtedly, the protest gave the Plémont campaign fresh impetus and helped us to secure both the necessary funds and political support to finally acquire the site in 2014. Likewise through Coastal National Park policy, the Island Plan affords enhanced protection for some areas of our coastline, particularly St Ouen’s Bay. Regrettably, the boundaries for the north coast remain somewhat spurious, and deliver little in terms of wholescale landscape protection. For example both Plémont and La Coupe sit astride the

Coastal National Park/Green Zone Policy areas, although they are clearly coastal in character and location. In addition the 2011 Island Plan proposals promised a review of permitted development rights within the coastal national park and an overall coastal national park management plan. Eight years have now passed and both remain equally elusive, with neither having been adequately addressed during that time period. Meanwhile the Coastal National Park, as an entity in itself, has been largely abandoned by Government, and casually given to the voluntary sector to deliver, without any meaningful funding or political/administrative support. This is shameful in many respects and a lost opportunity in so many ways. More recently politicians have sought to placate those who shout loudest without considering the potential long term implications for our coastline. Having recently returned from the Pembrokeshire


Coastal National Park, it was abundantly clear that great efforts have been made to safeguard the coastal strip and cliffs so that their natural beauty can be enjoyed by everyone all of the time. One can walk on the coastal footpaths without fear of being run over by a mountain bike, one can hear and see skylarks nesting on the ground because dogs are clearly under control, and one can view the coastline for miles without the blot of “motorhome camps” or unsightly parking provision. In an increasingly crowded Island it is clear that Jersey will soon need to adopt such an enhanced regulatory approach, if it wishes to deliver a coastline which works both for our wildlife and our community as a whole. It is simply not equitable or politically acceptable that any one particular group, or business, should have any more rights to enjoy or exploit our coastline than anyone else, especially if it is at the expense of the majority. It is foolhardy in the extreme to think that 105,000 people

should all be given the opportunity to look out of their window to see the sun setting in St Ouen’s Bay and hear the waves crashing below. This begs the question as to why limited Government resources are now being allocated to delivering this objective for a limited number of people, who are fortunate enough to own a camper van, when a management plan which could ensure that our beautiful and natural coastline is more freely enjoyable and accessible to all, remains such a low priority. In addition the Planning Law 2002 makes it abundantly clear that there is a duty to ensure that the coast of the Island is kept in its natural state and this should be paramount in States members’ minds when considering how best to manage and care for one of the Island’s most important assets. Undoubtedly the battle to safeguard our Coastline is ongoing and the recently large scale developments, which have

made their presence felt so strongly in St Brelade’s Bay or opposite Mont Orgueil Castle, are a stark reminder that our planning system is still not sufficiently robust to fully meet the intentions of the Planning Law. However, we should equally be inspired by the Goliath like efforts of Mrs Herod and her battle over Seymour Cottage, by the ongoing work of the St Brelade’s Bay Association, by the tireless campaigning of Save our Shoreline, and by people who continue to gift coastal land to the Trust to secure its permanent protection. A Line in the Sand may not have delivered all that we hoped for, but above all we have a duty to ensure that it remains a powerful reminder to our States members that Jersey men and women very much care for their coastline and expect their elected representatives to look after it on their behalf for ever and for everyone. A celebratory event will take place at the Frances Le Sueur Centre on Sunday 6th October.

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IN THE NEWS

in the news Victoria Tower…

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n order to ensure that the biodiversity conservation potential of Trust land is fully realised, the Trusts Lands team constantly review its land management activities. This process recently identified the agricultural field in front of Victoria Tower (Field Mn665b) as having considerable potential for enhancement, especially as the site is a valuable stopping off point for migrating birds and its surrounding grasslands are known to support a range of butterflies including the Swallowtail. Following careful consideration of the sites unique characteristics and the

wildlife it supports, it was decided that the best way to maximise the potential of the field to support biodiversity was to cultivate it and sow a combination of wildlife friendly seed mixes specifically for wild birds and pollinating insects. In 2018 and 2019 the Trust successfully applied for funding from the Countryside Enhancement Scheme to cover the costs of acquiring the seed and undertaking the preparation works. For the past 2 years the majority of the field has been sown with a conservation farming seed mix that has been successfully trialled in numerous agricultural fields in Jersey as part of the Birds on the Edge

project. Because the primary purpose of the Birds on the Edge seed mix is to provide wild birds with a source of food over the winter months, the Trust decided to supplement this by sowing a portion of the field with a mix of native wildflowers known to provide wild insect pollinators with a rich supply of pollen and nectar throughout the summer. Without doubt this has resulted in a beautiful bucolic scene but hopefully it is also delivering a much needed and valuable food source for our local wildlife.

jersey style award winner

The Trust were delighted to win the Island Attraction of the Year Award at this year’s Style Awards for its Wetland Centre in St Ouen and for the activities and events that are held there.

Charles Alluto CEO & Donna Le Marrec, Marketing Man ager receiving the award

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Insurance Corporation Conservation AWARDS 2019 The Trust is delighted to have received the runner-up prize of £1,000 in the recent Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards for creating native wild flower meadows around the Island to support our invertebrates. The prize was awarded for the wild flower meadow project at The Elms which looked absolutely fantastic on the day of judging with ox-eye daisies aplenty. The money will go towards creating more wild flower meadows on National Trust sites, including La Fevrerie in St Saviour. Many congratulations to our Conservation Officer, Jon Rault, and the Lands Team for securing the prize. Michelle Arundale, HR & PR Executive for Insurance Corporation and Chairman

of the Judging panel said that they were overwhelmed with the entries they received this year: “This year we had a difficult task to shortlist entries for judging for the first time in the history of the competition. We had such a fabulous response this year and we were delighted to see such a variety of projects entering. The judging day is always a real pleasure and provides a great insight into finding out all about the fantastic local conservation projects going on around our community and the Bailiwick. It is also a chance to meet the inspirational people behind the projects doing their utmost to enhance our natural environment in so many different ways. Congratulations to all the entrants and especially our winners.”

pollinator project

Les Landes School wildflower ‘pollinator patch’ and bee hotel. As part of its involvement in the Pollinator Project this year the Trust has teamed up with 4 local primary schools to create wildflower ‘pollinator patches’ on school grounds, erect bee hotels with viewing windows, and teach students all about pollinators and why they are so important.

The Pollinator Project, a pan-Channel Island partnership between governments, land managers, conservation organisations, community groups, schools, and members of the public, continues to gather momentum. Since the Jersey branch was formed earlier this year the project partners have been busy developing bespoke seed mixes, creating new areas of high-quality flower-rich habitat, trialling methods for monitoring pollinator populations, and working with local schools, community groups and local media to raise awareness about these fascinating and vitally important creatures. Over the coming months the partners aim to establish further areas of flower-rich pollinator habitat, develop further seed mixes and planting recommendations for different situations, work closely with local plant retailers, increase the number of local schools participating in the project, further develop Jersey’s pollinator monitoring capabilities and continue generating media ‘buzz’, thereby encouraging more members of the public to get involved. A priority for the next 6 months is developing the Pollinator Project website as a comprehensive information hub for those wanting to find out more about what they can do to help safeguard our precious pollinators. In the interim if you wish to keep up to date on Pollinator Project news please go to www.pollinatorproject.gg

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IN THE NEWS

30 BAYS IN 30 DAYS UPDATE Now in its 4th year we saw a record number of people sign up for this year’s 30Bays in 30Days swimming challenge with over 500 people getting their Vitamin Sea throughout the month of July. With the help of some glorious July weather, the opening and closing swims at St Brelade and an in between swim at La Rocque were enjoyed by hundreds of people.

Entering into the spirit of the 30 Bays in 30 Days challenge the staff at the Trust went out to the Minquiers to tick off the most southerly bay in Jersey.

Many swimmers have been sharing their stories on social media, using the #30Baysin30DaysJersey. One of our swimmers, David, sums up why he loves the challenge so much. He said, ‘It has been the catalyst for the family to meet up so much more and to go out at the end of the working day. Getting out into the fresh air not only allows us to enjoy the huge variety of beautiful bays the Island has to offer but it is also a really social occasion.' ‘Our enthusiasm for this event is rubbing

branchage B O B TOMPKINS Chairman of The National Trust for Jersey Lands Advisory Panel I hope that the changes to the cutting methods used to carry out the first Branchage in 2019 are now self evident and appreciated by others for their plant preservation as much as by myself. Farmers and contractors across the Island have embraced the new scheme where only the lower half of Banques and Hedges have been cut thereby preserving a high proportion of the plant material contained within them. In turn this retains habitats vital for insects, mammals and birds that have sadly been decimated in previous years. These common sense sets of actions have been brought about after much discussion between farmers, contractors and environmentalists. Regrettably the strictures of the 1914 Branchage Law, developed at a time when the sickle was common practice, have remained unchanged, despite increased mechanisation resulting in the damaging practices of total strip back. This has become endemic in recent years and

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had a devastating effect on ecology, including our increasingly rare hedgehog population. It was clear that practices needed to change and adapt accordingly. Though much welcome progress has been made, it is evident that not everyone is aware of the new recommendations or potentially fail to see the environmental benefits that can be derived from the new approach. Hopefully through increased PR and additional workshops we can ensure that the benefits become selfevident and the new branchage approach is adopted Island wide. In the near future it is hoped that the Growth, Housing & Environment department will publish the new guidelines. In the interim draft copies of the recommended changes to Branchage practices can be obtained at: https://www.gov.je/home/parish/ pages/branchage.aspx Also if you would like to keep up to date with developments and contribute with your comments and photos of good practices please go to our Facebook page: Branchage and Beyond – Nurturing Nature’s Highways.

off and we have friends who are already keen to sign up next year. On top of that it also raises much needed funds for two great causes.’ We are delighted to confirm that we have raised over £15,000 from this year's event. If you didn’t get the opportunity to join us this year then please make a date in your diary for July 2020, you will be surprised at how much you will enjoy it.


condor community fund Early in the summer, The National Trust was delighted to receive an award of £1,000 from the Condor Community Fund 2019 towards producing an annual guided walking programme and the creation of self-guided trails.

farewell tony! Tony Gray, a key member of the Trust’s Properties Team for just over four years, retired at the end of May to have more time to pursue his hobbies of boating and planting trees.

Always up for a challenge, Tony also helped to repair the large main door at Victoria Tower, negotiating the moat and the exceptional size of the door and brackets.

Tony’s joinery and organisational skills were exceptional, and he was instrumental with the rest of our team in ensuring that repairs to the Trust properties continued to be of the highest standard. As well as day to day repairs, Tony worked with our Properties Manager, Ernie Le Brun, on some major property projects including the planning and production of the new mill wheel for Le Moulin de Quétival, and the repairing, fitting and construction of over 50 windows and doors for the Foot Building project.

As well as being a highly skilled joiner, Tony put his excellent photography skills to good use for the Trust, recording the progress of major renovation projects for the archive, together with being a regular contributor of images for the Discover magazine.

The Trust is fortunate to be able to call on the services of supporters and staff with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subjects and this know-how, coupled with the diversity of sites and walking routes has enabled the Trust to create a variety of guided walks throughout the year – one of the best ways of experiencing the island, its nature and wildlife. For more information and to book on a walk please go to www.nationaltrust.je/events Tracy Peters, Condor’s Community Officer, said, ‘we have been very pleased to support the National Trust walks as they are a healthy activity and offer great opportunities to experience some of the Island’s historic places and natural habitats, often from cliff paths with great views of the sea.’

We will all miss Tony’s presence around The Elms but wish him every happiness in his retirement, as well as every success in his tree planting endeavors.

New Properties and Operations Managers appointed. The Trust is delighted to welcome Robin Kelly as our Properties Manager. Robin has joined the Trust with a wealth of experience in both commercial and residential property management, having worked for both Savills and Knight Frank in London, as well as 14 years for Voisin Hunter in Jersey. The latter included a secondment at Ports of Jersey. As a key member of the Trust’s Management Team, Robin will be responsible for all aspects of property management for the Trust’s historic building portfolio, encompassing residential tenancies, commercial premises, chapels and stone tents. In addition Robin will have responsibility

for the planning, delivery and review of the Trust’s repair and capital refurbishment programme, ensuring that all the Trust’s properties are managed in accordance with statutory requirements including health and safety. Sarah Hill has recently been appointed as the Trust’s Operations Manager and will have responsibility for the day to day operational requirements in the office, including technology and infrastructure, budgeting, health & safety and HR. In addition Sarah will help drive the business plan forward. Sarah has worked for the Trust for over 5 years, joining first as a volunteer and then taking up the position of Fundraising and Administration Officer. Sarah’s previous operational responsibilities at HSBC as the Regional Service Manager for the Channel Islands and Isle of Man equip her well to take on this important new role for the Trust.

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D I S C O V E R | G R È V E D E LE CQ BARRACKS

GRÈVE DE LECQ BARRACKS

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obin Kelly, Properties Manager for the Trust delves into the social history of Grève de Lecq Barracks...

Over the years since General Don commissioned the building of Grève de Lecq Barracks in 1810, the Barracks have undergone a series of changes from their original purpose as living quarters for up to 250 soldiers. The National Trust acquired the site in 1972 with the remit of ensuring the preservation of the historic fabric. Many of us will remember visiting the Barracks in recent years to look at the exhibitions displaying the military history of the site and the fascinating display of carriages and carts. Others will have used rooms in the old dormitories for the workshops and studios run by the Jersey Artists’ Group and visitors will have enjoyed the exhibitions of the members’ artwork. Today, the Barracks are undergoing a transformation to secure their future with a vibrant new use for the buildings.

The newly refurbished Officers' Quarters

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Figures 1-4, courtesy of SociĂŠtĂŠ Jersiaise Photographic Archive

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Above: View of Greve de Lecq Barracks with the Martello Tower.

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Below: Group portraits, military at the Barracks, circa 1910 Fig.3

Above: William John Jehan's occupation card. Image courtesy of Jersey Heritage.

The exterior of the Board of Ordnance’s ‘utilitarian Regency’ style buildings are as recognisable to us today as they would have been to the first British soldiers who arrived at Grève de Lecq in the early 1800’s. However, from housing around 60 men per dormitory, the current conversion of Blocks 3 and 4 into self-catering accommodation with up to four holidaymakers per apartment is a far cry from the sparse living conditions of the original occupants! At the time of the 1911 Census, the 2nd battalion The Kings Own Regiment were billeted at the Barracks. Nearly 150 soldiers are recorded as living there, the majority aged between 19 and 21. Original features these soldiers would have used, are being retained, such as the fireplaces, which supplied each dormitory with warm air via an air chamber at the back, and the small food cupboards with slate shelves. After the British Army left the Barracks in the 1920’s, the buildings began to be used by local families. By the time of the Occupation, several families were living at the Barracks. Among them were the Hacquoil, Jehan, Le Brocq and Blanchet families. The men often had military backgrounds or experience but were now labourers and farm workers. Their wives carried out household duties including looking after the children – some of whom were born at the Barracks. To this day, people still remember living at the Barracks or visiting relatives there, until the site was sold to the National Trust in 1972.

Sitting at the heart of the site is the Officers’ Quarters building. This was originally constructed with spacious rooms to house four senior officers. In those days, each room had an open fireplace with the privy in the enclosed back yard. The National Trust converted the building into self-catering accommodation in 2005, which has been very popular over the years. This year, the Trust carried out extensive renovations to upgrade the building internally. Undertaken under the auspices of Sue Harris of Ash Interiors, the rooms have all been repainted and new soft furnishings introduced. The bathroom has been updated with new fittings. Great care has been taken during this process to safeguard the historic fabric of the Officers’ Quarters. A generous bequest by Nick and Alison Cabot of furniture from their late parents’ home has been used to complement the rooms. Two sets of cupboards, chairs and a mahogany Jersey Press have all found a home at the Barracks. However, the star of the show is the piano, which sits gracefully in a corner of the drawing room. As Jersey’s tourism industry began to grow from the 19th Century onwards, Grève de Lecq grew into a popular and lively destination. Today, many of the hotels and the bowling alley have gone but new life is coming to Grève de Lecq as ArtHouse Jersey moves onto the Barracks’ site this Summer. Their vision for the future is to create a place where artists from all over the world, can be inspired. The next stage in the history of Grève de Lecq Barracks is about to begin. Watch this space!

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La Cotte de St Brelade T

here are only two historic sites in Jersey in which the Island’s three main conservation organisations have a shared interest, namely Hamptonne Country Life Museum and La Cotte de St Brelade. The relationship regarding La Cotte is probably less well known but essentially the cave is owned by the Société Jersiaise, leased to Jersey Heritage, whilst the surrounding land and coastal landscape is cared for by The National Trust. Sometimes such arrangements do not make for easy bedfellows, as inevitably each organisation may have different priorities and a suitable balance has to be struck between accessibility, safety, preservation, wildlife conservation and interpretation. However, what is in no doubt to all three organisations and serves as our guiding light, is the immense historic, archaeological and cultural value of La Cotte, both in terms of our Island’s heritage and Europe as a whole. As local conservation organisations we are in the extremely privileged position of being the guardians of Europe’s largest Neanderthal site, but of course such a role also

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entails a duty of care, which inevitably comes at a price. Emergency works have already been undertaken to stablise the rock face and safeguard archaeological deposits, but so much more is required if we are going to secure its future. In this respect the new joint fund raising campaign launched by the Société and Jersey Heritage deserves our wholehearted support. La Cotte is truly unique and with the necessary investment, has the capacity to reveal so much more about our Neanderthal ancestors, and their lives 250,000 years ago. For our community La Cotte should be a site of immense pride given its international significance, but sadly over many years it has been relegated to the “too difficult pile” due to the significant challenges of access and funding. It is therefore hoped that we may now have reached a turning point and those with the ability to support the fund raising campaign will indeed dig deep and help shine a light on one of our Island’s most important cultural assets. If there was ever an investment which could deliver a significant return for our community then La Cotte must be truly worthy of consideration and support.


D I S C O V E R | LA COTTE D E S T B R EL AD E

PROTECTING AN ICE AGE TIME CAPSULE BY SUZI AUSTIN JERSEY HERITAGE

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ou could happily stroll along Ouaisné beach in St Brelade, taking in the beautiful beach and views, without realising that at one end of the bay lies one of the most extraordinary Ice Age sites in Europe.

protection from the sea to prevent further damage. Last year, Jersey Heritage dug deep and funded the stabilisation of the cliffs above and a new sea wall to protect La Cotte from the relentless pounding of waves.

La Cotte de St Brelade – meaning ‘the cave’ in Jèrriais – lies within a ravine that cuts through the granite headland at the eastern end of the beach. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, walking along would have been Neanderthal people – our closest human ancestors – and perhaps a mammoth or even a woolly rhinoceros. Although it would not have been a beach back then; at the time Jersey was still connected to northern Europe by land and this area would have been a vast expanse of grassland.

A new joint fundraising campaign was also recently launched by the Société Jersiaise and Jersey Heritage to raise the vital money necessary to continue to conserve and research La Cotte for years to come. As a result of this, and other campaigning, archaeologists returned to the site in August, eager to restart their work to study the site and uncover more of the stories its holds.

In this modern age, it is hard to imagine a cave as “home”, but that is what La Cotte would have been to Neanderthals travelling through the area. They would have used it as a refuge to eat, sleep and work flint and other raw materials, perhaps sitting round a fire to tell stories, and leaving its relative safety to hunt. La Cotte is, in fact, the biggest Neanderthal site in Europe and it has been a source of fascination ever since it was discovered in 1881. What followed was a century of study by local and international archaeologists, including HRH Prince Charles in 1968, when he was a student at Cambridge. However, excavations stopped after 1981. The rocks in front of La Cotte had protected the site for thousands of years, but the proximity of the sea had begun to take its toll, threatening to wash away history and causing serious safety issues. As time went on, the need to address these safety issues heightened and it was realised that the site needed urgent

Research previously carried out by archaeologists at La Cotte has enabled us to look back and discover how different the entire landscape in this area was at particular times in history. The site effectively represents a time capsule of life over a vast period, starting 250,000 years ago and recording changes that demonstrate how Neanderthals adapted to climate change over the years that followed. This doesn’t exist anywhere else and is part of what makes La Cotte so special. Over 200,000 stone tools have been found within the ancient sediment at La Cotte, as well as the remains of our early ancestors (including rarely-found teeth), animal remains and pollen evidence. All of this helps to piece together Neanderthal life and tells us about their movements, the environment, weather and animals. It is a treasure trove of information about humankind’s early life that can be used to inform our life today and influence generations to come; by learning about our past, we can inform our future and that is part of what makes La Cotte de St Brelade such an important site to protect.

Through La Cotte, we can keep the stories of our ancestors alive and their stories become ours. All those years ago, they had the same decisions to make that we do today, albeit in a different context. For example, they, like us, would be wondering where the next meal was coming from. Recycling and reusing materials is increasingly important to us in 2019, but Neanderthals were no different. Evidence shows that the people at La Cotte were short of resources. Flint was scarce in the wider area at that time and not found in Jersey. They knew this and brought their sources with them. When a flint became worn, they reshaped and resharpened it to squeeze out every last bit of potential use. Discovering information like this is what makes the role played by an archaeologist similar to that of a detective; looking for clues in what has been left behind and in what has not survived. La Cotte holds many more clues, some of which will be discovered over the years to come, as long as the site is protected for future research. For such a small Island, Jersey has a remarkable concentration of heritage, of which La Cotte de St Brelade is a hugely important piece. Although it might not seem so when you are walking along the beach, taking in the beautiful views, what lies beneath the rocks at the end of Ouaisné beach is of huge interest to people all around the world. The fascination with La Cotte de St Brelade continues.

If you would like to find out more about La Cotte de St Brelade and support the campaign to protect this incredible site, please go to www.lacotte.org.je

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Man's best

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he world is waking up to the crucial role trees can play in combating climate change and reducing harmful carbon footprints as Paula Thelwell explains.

AMERICAN architect Frank Lloyd Wright made a very appropriate observation when he said: ‘The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.’ According to a recent study of 500 of its members worldwide by Botanical Gardens Conservation International, the world is home to 60,065 species of trees, some of which are the biggest plants on the planet. Trees are vital for sustaining life on the Earth. During a process known as photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. They also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. And it doesn’t stop there. Trees play a key role in climate control by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. They cool a hot summer’s day by absorbing and filtering sunlight and form windbreaks and shields against rain, hail and snow. Their root systems bind soil to prevent erosion and prevent flooding by storing rainfall to reduce water and sediment runoff after storms.

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D I S C O V E R | L AN D S CAPES

It is probably one of the most ambitious and far reaching rewilding projects in the world right now and one that will positively affect climate change, benefit endangered iconic wildlife and the thousands of people who will visit it. - Jon Parkes, Lands Manager, about Cairngorms Connect project

Aside from their environmental, ecological, practical and commercial importance, trees have many other beneficial values. They bring a sense of countryside into towns and cities, create a sense of wellbeing and calm and add value to house prices in well-maintained green urban landscapes. It is not just man that benefits from the many beneficial properties of trees. They are also essential in maintaining wildlife by providing complex microhabitats for birds, insects, lichen and fungi (a mature oak can be home to as many as 500 different species). Most of the trees and forests that once covered the British Isles have been lost, leaving the UK one of the least wooded places in Europe. Compared to the EU – which averages 35% of tree-covered land across member states - just 13% of the UK’s total land area is forested. This breaks down as: • 18% of Scotland • 15% of Wales • 10% of England • 8% of Northern Ireland. • In Jersey trees cover 7% of the Island’s land bank). Man has not been treating his ‘best friend’ as well as he should have - and time is running out to renew this crucial alliance. As governments worldwide commit to meeting international emissions reduction targets, by switching from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric and replacing the consumption of highly pollutant fossil fuels

Tree Planting at Le Don Biggar at Le Coupe

with naturally-generated power systems, tree planting is equally as important. The National Trust for Jersey is working with Growth, Housing and Environment’s Natural Environment department, farmers, landowners and Jersey Trees for Life to increase the Island’s tree cover (see page 20). The Land’s Team, led by Lands Manager, Jon Parkes, recognise the urgent need to reduce our carbon footprint. ‘Undoubtedly, planting trees can help reduce the effects of climate change by absorbing CO2 - but it’s only part of the solution,’ he said. ‘It is equally as important to reduce the amount we produce in the first place and that means being aware and making better choices as consumers.

and to protect threatened plants, trees and wildlife species. A key element is increasing English woodlands by 12% through a tree-planting programme to cover 180,000 hectares. Recent scientific research led by the Swiss university ETH Zurich and released in July says the biggest and cheapest method of removing emissions pumped into the air by man is simply to plant billions of trees but without negatively impacting on food production and urban areas. ‘While the role trees play in absorbing CO2 shouldn’t be underestimated, the National Trust believes that loss of Jersey’s biodiversity, driven largely by habitat destruction is of equal concern,’ Mr Parkes said.

‘Sequestering enough CO2 to affect climate change positively will need tree planting on a huge scale or seriously reversing the current amount of deforestation globally. But there is hope out there in initiatives such as the Cairngorms Connect project that is rewilding and reconnecting fragmented remnants of ancient Caledonian over a 600 square kilometre part of the Scottish highlands. The project has the scope of 200 years and is already showing dividends.

‘Climate change and species loss are intrinsically linked and increasing tree cover, in the right places, is something we can do that will help both. Planting small copses, new woodland or even hedgerows can all play a part, but identifying suitable areas for each is key.

‘It is probably one of the most ambitious and far reaching rewilding projects in the world right now and one that will positively affect climate change, benefit endangered iconic wildlife and the thousands of people who will visit it.’

‘This allows land managers an opportunity to strategically plant hedges, allowing species to use them as corridors and creating a whole network of woodland habitats.’

‘Natural Environment, with the help of a PHD student, has already done some great work mapping habitats and looking at the connectivity of fragmented habitats.

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D I S C O V E R | M A R I T I M E HEAT HS

Maritime heaths. BY ANNE HADEN BOTANIST

"...their way lay over a blasted heath"

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hakespeare implied a heath is a damaged or devastated area. Nothing could be further from the truth for a botanist such as myself. The eye catching purple haze of a heath smothered by blossoming Bell Heather Erica cinerea contains a rich flora including Heather Calluna vulgaris and Gorse Ulex europaeus which emits a delicate aroma of pineapples, among other species adapted to heathland soils. In Jersey our heaths are maritime and scorched by wind and salt, the nutrient poor soils are acidic which are tolerated by low growing plants that lack vigour. These areas are not wastelands but rather one of the few territories that are closest to being 'natural' and may have remained so for hundreds of years. On closer inspection plants such as Lousewort Pedicularis sylvatica a delicate pink flower that is parasitic on the roots of grasses may be concealed under the Heathers. Nearer the cliff edges is the spectacular Prostrate Broom Cytisus scoparius. This ground hugging plant moulds itself to the ground and provides sheets of yellow flowers in the spring. A rare plant in the UK it is common on the cliffs around Grosnez. The leafless and rootless parasitic plant Dodder Cuscuta epithymum is easy to spot draped over Gorse bushes in late spring. Dodder obtains water and nutrients from its host plant and has no need to touch the soil.

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- Shakespeare

Lousewort - Pedicularis sylvatica

Where gaps occur in the cushiony Heathers small plants such as Sea Stork'sbill Erodium maritimum and Smooth Cat'sear Hypochaeris glabra can be found. If there has been a wet spring then the increasingly rare Jersey Buttercup Ranunculus paludosus may be found on the open heaths near Corbiere. Named the Jersey Buttercup this plant is at its most northerly station here on the island and can be found growing in Europe and as far south as the Mediterranean. Also growing where bare soil is exposed are a myriad of lichens and mosses. These are hardly visible in the heat of summer but come into their own when the rains come in autumn. Then they swell with moisture and resume growing. The bright green leaves of the mosses create a mosaic of different shaped hummocks that provide food for ground dwelling creatures such as molluscs and invertebrates. Curious miniature towers of a group of lichens known as Cladonias grow on the peaty soil and are instantly recognisable by their cup shaped structures.

Cladonia

Numerous other plants grow on maritime heaths, too many to mention here and associated with this habitat are many invertebrates, birds, rodents and amphibians that rely on this significant environment in order to thrive.

Prostrate Broom - Cytisus scoparius maritimus


Dodder - Cuscata epithymum

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Mourier Valley Re-wilding. BY JON PARKES LAND MANAGER

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ith the States of Jersey declaring a climate change emergency and its intention for our Island to be carbon neutral by 2030, the challenge of how we remove significant and meaningful amounts of carbon from the atmosphere has never been so pressing. Fortunately, we are already well aware of an organism that does just that and also produces oxygen, prevents erosion and flooding, provides shade and shelter, can be sustainably harvested for building materials and even provides food and a home for wildlife. If you are scratching your head at this point, perhaps look out of the window for a clue. For many people, the act of planting a tree is at the very essence of conservation and perhaps their first experience of actively being part of the ‘green movement’. But that doesn’t mean we should be planting trees everywhere. Even if we completely covered our unbuilt land with trees the impact in terms of world scale would be minimal, and we would also place some of our biodiversity at risk. In this edition of Discover, local botanist, Anne Haden has already highlighted the value of maritime heathland and the same can equally be said about Les Blanches Banq (Sand Dunes) or the reed bed at St Ouen’s Pond – In these places, planting trees would be totally unsuitable and indeed some trees such as Holm oak are removed as part of ongoing management. Island was once dominated by meadows and swamps, making Les Maltières something of a last bastion of wetland habitat. It is crucial that this Wetland area is permanently protected.

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D I S C O V E R | MOUR IER VAL L EY

Ranger Richard Riv e with a bat box

So where should we plant trees? MARGINAL AGRICULTURAL FIELDS We have restrictions in Jersey about who can occupy an agricultural field and what can be done in them in order to safeguard the agricultural land bank. These restrictions ensure that fields are not slowly absorbed into people’s gardens or used for non-agricultural purposes. With an uncertain future regarding food security and production, it’s important that these rules apply across the board and on an equitable basis. At the same time, it is important to recognise that agriculture is changing. The number of dairy farmers is further consolidating and the remaining larger herds require conjoining fields to benefit from efficiency of scale as opposed to endlessly ferrying animals from small fragmented fields. As a Land Manager, who has responsibility for caring for multiple small fields and meadows, which are generally difficult to access and irrigate, it is increasingly difficult to find suitable tenants who want to cultivate or graze this type of land. Surely these present wonderful opportunities for potential new copses or small woodlands, providing valuable habitat links for our wildlife. Some may argue that these areas should be maintained as grasslands or for the agricultural land bank, but this fails to take account of the ongoing management costs and the risk to these areas of simply reverting to scrub and bracken.

NEXT TO EXISTING WOODLANDS Woodlands are sparse in Jersey. When flying over the island from the east, you will notice that the few wooded areas that we have tend to be on steep sided valleys or other places that would be difficult to cultivate. Many trees were

felled during the occupation, which together with historic extensive grazing, explains the sparsity of mature trees in the Island. Even our existing woodlands tend to be secondary that have matured over time and then regrettably become dominated by the naturalised but nonnative Sycamore. Unfortunately very little of this woodland is actively and regularly managed, which results in a shaded understory and overall loss of biodiversity. By planting in areas adjacent to existing woodlands, we can make the most of those small pockets. We can introduce a variety of tree height, age, and structure. We can leave standing deadwood for invertebrates and even cut rides and glades which are such important habitats for rare specialist species such as butterflies and moths.

FIELD BOUNDARY OR ROADSIDE? In 2010 Jersey’s tree cover was estimated to be 7% compared to 12% in the UK. Elsewhere in Europe, France has around 28% and Finland an impressive 73%. We’re never going to compete with Finland, but we can give a second thought to what we mean by tree cover. Jersey’s landscape is already renowned for trees arching across its lanes, due to the high banks created to protect our former orchards. Captured so beautifully by the likes of Blampied and other local artists. The decimation of our once common Elms trees by Dutch Elm Disease in the 1980’s has never really been remedied in many locations and this could be an opportunity to do just that using other varieties of trees and shrubs. Hedges and orchards are woodland habitats and while they might not provide the full spectrum of opportunities that larger woodlands do, they play a vital role in connecting those larger habitats, which may have become fragmented and isolated. They also provide shelter, food and nesting opportunities. I have recently learnt that bats use hedges to navigate and the removal of even a small section can cause confusion

to these amazing flying mammals. Our own Environment Department has recently produced the “Jersey multispecies distribution, habitat suitability & connectivity modelling project”. This project will provided individuals and organisations, such as ourselves and Jersey Trees for Life, with maps of the island that identify priority areas to connect wildlife populations by planting hedges and “stepping stone” habitats in between. This project has compiled years-worth of data from various surveys and will become a great tool to plant trees and shrubs in the future.

RESTORING THE WOODED VALLEYS OF THE NORTH COAST In 2009 the Trust acquired around 40 vergées of arable land on the top of the eastern slopes of Mourier Valley. This consolidated the Trust’s holdings in the area, connecting Le Don Paton, Devil’s Hole, and the land owned by St John’s Manor, known as Les Marionneaux, which is currently leased to the Trust. Since acquiring the land the Trust has planted over 8,000 hedging plants, as well as implemented winter bird crop and conservation crop schemes with the assistance of our agricultural tenants. Mourier valley is also home to the Trust’s conservation grazing flock of Manx Loaghtan sheep and Durrell’s re-introduced Red-Billed Chough. This winter, we are hoping to plant 1,000 trees on the eastern edge of the valley in three marginal agricultural fields, which are no longer required by the tenant or other local farmers. The scheme will not only complement a previous planting scheme by Jersey Trees for Life and be in accordance with the recommendations of the Countryside Character Appraisal, but also help restored the once wooded valley sides. The Environment Department is still considering our application and so watch this space!

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E N J O Y | L É N I È R B E U R RE

BLACK BUTTER LÉ NIÈR BEURRE

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utumn is upon us and the annual tradition of Black Butter making at The Elms is taking place, slightly earlier this year, from 17 – 19 October. Joining the merry band of volunteers who peel, stir and jar up the Black Butter will be La Loure, an organisation based in Normandy which was founded in 1998 to collect and promote the songs, music and traditional dances of the region. La Loure has over one hundred members, many of whom are musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and researchers – all keen to promote and keep alive Norman custom and traditions. Every two years La Loure organises ‘La Fete du Sirop’ – identical in terms of traditional Black Butter making in Jersey – but staged over four days and slightly more energetic - involving concerts, traditional dancing, games and walks as well as the production of the Sirop. Five or six members of La Loure will join local volunteers at the Friday evening community peeling and supper in the Pressoir for a "Veillée – an evening gathering or vigil where they will sing and play musical instruments and they will dance on Saturday at the Market day event when the freshly made Black Butter goes on sale. 22 | D I S C O V E R

Also joining in the fun will be members from the Association “Les Ramaougeries de Pomme’. Created in March 2017, the Association aims to support local initiatives and cultural events around the apple, including the preservation of traditional varieties of apple and the making of Le Pommé – another name for what we know locally as Black Butter or Lé Nièr Beurre. Les Ramaougeries (stirrings) still take place in western France in more rural parts of Brittany and Normandy. Traditionally, neighbours would get together to sing, drink and dance whilst the cider was reduced over a wood fire and apples slowly added and cooked all day and all through the night. A ramaougerie was also an excuse for young people from neighbouring villages to meet - the entertainment and jollity ensuring that no one fell asleep and burnt the mixture! Our wonderful group of voluntary stirrers – have a much quieter ‘stirring’ time nowadays and although they still work throughout the day and the night like their Norman and Bretagne cousins, there is little singing and dancing – more peace and a smattering of quiet chatter with an occasional disturbance from a nosey cat!


LÉ NIÈR BEURRE 2019

Flower to the people

If you have not been involved in this local tradition and feel like getting involved this year, why not come along to The Elms? There are numerous jobs and it is a lovely way of getting together, having a chat with old and new friends and all of your efforts will raise money for the Trust. Volunteers can peel apples, watch the mixture being stirred all through the night, get involved in jarring up and then enjoy homemade food, pumpkin carving and live music on market day when the Black Butter goes on sale.

PROGRAMME THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2 – 5PM Embrace the community spirit and peel apples in the Pressoir at The Elms amidst the wonderful and autumnal aroma of apples. meet old and make new friends, listen to some traditional accordion music, enjoy tea, homemade cake and Jersey wonders whilst you work…peelers and gloves provided although you can bring your own…

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 10AM UNTIL 10PM Peeling commences again in the Pressoir and the wood fire will be lit first thing in the Bakehouse. Throughout the day, the peeled and cored apples will be cooked in a large bachîn over the fire and stirred continuously until Saturday morning. Come along to peel, stir or bring along a contribution to the supper which takes place in the evening with some live music. Parking is available at The Elms on Thursday and Friday.

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 10AM UNTIL 4PM The apple mixture will be taken off the heat to cool and spices added including liquorice, mixed spice and cinnamon by mid-morning. Once cooled, the ‘black butter’ is ladled into jars by a team of volunteers, labelled and fabric tops added and then taken across the courtyard – often still warm - to be sold in the produce market. Visitors can enjoy homemade sausages and cider, wood fired pizza and homemade cakes from various stalls. Other artisan products will include chutneys and sauces, apple juice, honey and crafts. Children can enjoy pumpkin carving and can learn how to play conkers as well as go on a nature trail. The walled garden will also be open. Parking is available at Granite Products on Saturday with a free shuttle to and from The Elms.

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E N J O Y | W A L K I NG T H ROU G H AU T U M N FE S T IV AL

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The National Trust for Jersey in partnership with Intertrust is staging its second walking festival over five days from 11th to 15th September. ‘Walking through Autumn’ is a series of walks for members and visitors to the Island in a range of beautiful sites, habitats and historic locations, managed by the Trust at a time of the year when we say a final ‘goodbye’ to summer, days are shorter and nights start drawing in. This is a time of year when a long walk through a woodland or along beautiful country lanes is a must. There will be botany walks with Tina Hull in the west of the island, looking at the wonderful range of plants still flowering and those that produce beautiful seed structures, a bat walk at sunset with the Jersey Bat Group in the woodland in St Peter’s Valley and bird tours with nature lovers Neil Singleton and Alli Caldeira. Jon Parkes, the Trust’s Land Manager will also be leading a ‘behind the scenes walk’ to Grouville Marsh – not usually open to the public and well worth a visit. The Trust is working with a range of guides and Trust supporters with specialist know how. One of these is Chairman of the Lands Advisory Panel, Bob Tompkins who will be leading an archaeological walk at very low tide across the reef from east to just west of La Rocque harbour - a stunning ‘lunar’ like landscape which feels miles away from the Jersey that we know. Blue Badge Guides, Tom Bunting, Nicky Mansell, Sue Hardy and Jean Treleven

will share their island knowledge and guide walks around some of Jersey’s most beautiful parishes such as St Lawrence, St Ouen, Trinity and rural St Helier. Along the way, walkers will be introduced to nanny goats and cider, windmills and ‘waving’ fields, caves and coastlines and a family farm. Many of the walks will go to or past Trust properties including Morel Farm, Le Rat, Sous Les Bois, Bellozanne Abbey, Mont Grantez, the Wetland Centre and Le Moulin de Quétivel . Leading Trust firm, Intertrust, is working with the National Trust for Jersey again in 2019 as part of its commitment to protecting the local environment and preserving Jersey's history. Jacob Smed, Managing Director at Intertrust in Jersey, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the National Trust’s Walking Through Autumn Festival for the second year. Our commitment to protecting Jersey’s environment and coastline is important to us, so it’s a natural fit to work with the Trust again. With such a variety of walking opportunities showcasing the Trust’s land, sites and properties over the course of five days, there are walks for everyone whether you’re a resident or visitor. Our team is very much looking forward to discovering the range of beautiful locations and behind-thescenes opportunities."

For more information on the programme and to book on any of the walks, log on to www.nationaltrust.je/events or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Walks for members are free and there will be a published programme.

Kindly supported by

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Heritage SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER Heritage Open Day celebrates our built heritage by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. The event, which this year is kindly sponsored by the Jersey Development Company, is part of the national celebration of architecture, history and culture in association with the National Trust in the UK and is a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy these sometimes hidden, often curious and always interesting places. Kindly supported by

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E N J O Y | H ERITA GE O PEN D AY

This year the Trust is opening several of its properties including:-

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Number 6 the ‘Foot’ Buildings in Pitt Street Grève de Lecq Barracks – now the headquarters of ArtHouse Jersey Bellozanne Abbey Le Rât Cottage Morel Farm The Elms main house and outbuildings Le Moulin de Quétivel WWII bunkers in St Ouen’s Bay

Special events and activities will be taking place at some of the properties including afternoon tea at The Elms where the joinery workshop will be open for demonstrations, volunteers will also be on hand in the walled garden and visitors can walk around the cider apple orchard. Open Milling is also taking place at Le Moulin de Quétivel in St Peter’s Valley. Visit the only remaining working watermill on the Island and experience the whole milling process from start to finish. Join the rangers as they open the sluice gates, admire the ancient waterwheel as it springs into action and meet our very own miller, who will be milling the Trust’s unique stoneground flour, and the miller’s wife who will be making bread in the historic kitchen. There will also be free guided walks with Blue Badge Guide Jean Treleven from Mill Pond to Le Moulin de Quétivel and from Le Moulin de Quétivel to Le Moulin de Tesson where you can visit the Steam Engine Room. The Jersey Fortification Study Group will be opening the Water Storage bunker at ‘Sands’ known as the ‘RN high Tower’ and also the bunker situated in the Wetland Centre. The Trust is also organising two walking trails. The first is a town trail with Antony Gibb from Antony Gibb Building Conversation & Historic Buildings Consultants. Antony, who is a Vice President of the Trust, will be leading a ‘town trail’ through St Helier starting at the Royal Square and ending up at the ‘Foot Buildings. The trail will pass iconic retail outlets such as Gallichans, Hamon’s and the refurbished Jack Will’s store together with a brief foray into the Georgian House at 16 New Street. Antony will be pointing out some of the fine architecture that isn’t always obvious to the naked eye or hidden in and amongst modern shop frontages in this busy pedestrianised area. The second trail is around the beautiful parish of St Lawrence, with Blue Badge Guide Tom Bunting. The trail will start at St Lawrence Parish Hall and meander around the parishes’ ‘green’ lanes before visiting Le Rât Cottage. Dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, it was acquired in 1937 for £200 and when originally purchased was being used as a pig sty! Other historic sites include the abrevoir at La Fontaine de St Martin, when, in temps passé water was collected and the only traffic was horses. The final stop will be a visit to Morel Farm for a well-earned cup of tea! The properties will all be open from 10am until 4pm and will be signposted from the nearest main road. Our team of volunteers will be available at each of the properties acting as house stewards. This entails meeting and greeting and handing out information on each individual property.

The trails will be advertised on the National trust for Jersey website and although free will be bookable on www.nationaltrust.je/ events or by calling the office on 483193.

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E N J O Y | M E E T YO U R GU IDE

MEET YOUR

Guide TINA HULL BONATINIST

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ina Hull counts herself blessed to have been born in Jersey with such beautiful and diverse habitats. She became interested in plants when little, as a result of having a Grandmother from Normandy, who whenever Tina was unwell, would fill her socks with raw, chopped up onion! At the time this action seemed a tad strange, but in hindsight and on reflection, onions contain antibacterial properties and would have drawn out any infection! As a 13 year old teenager, Tina joined the Herb Society – spending her earnings from her Saturday job in a hairdressers on a monthly subscription. Every month she would receive a booklet which would describe the medicinal and culinary properties of a particular plant together with myth and folklore about the herb in question. Tina was further inspired by a programme on plants by the environmentalist and ecologist David Bellamy and his enthusiasm for their range and diversity across the planet. At the time, she was very keen to become a gardener, however her chemistry teacher pooh-poohed this idea saying “all you need for that job is a wheelbarrow so, no – you are going to university!” - Thus, Tina ended up at Durham University reading Botany and Chemistry. After graduating, Tina’s first job was working for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers in Nottingham and for the County Council. Her role was a Youth Conservation Officer where she would take (often very troubled) 28 | D I S C O V E R

youngsters and try and enthuse them about nature – real practical conservation work often with interesting results! Tina loved working in the city as it still had pockets of real ancient woodland – wild wood so special that when she entered it, her hair on the back of her neck literally stood on end! To this day, woodland is her favourite type of environment because of the way it makes her feel. After teaching in the UK, Tina returned to the Island and became involved with the Botany section of the Société Jersiaise which involved visiting lesser well known and unseen places to undertake botany surveys. Currently, Tina’s day job is working for the Civil Service. In her own time, she surveys and records for the Botany Section of the Société as well as for the Jersey Biodiversity Centre. She leads walks, undertakes botanical consultancy and training and sits on the Lands Committee of the National Trust. Tina loves working for the National Trust for Jersey not only because she thinks that they are a special team of people but also because Tina feels that the Trust really understands how to manage the land. All this has led to guiding walks that mingle her scientific know how and background with her love of plant folklore and tradition. Tina feels that we live in a wonderful environment with amazing biodiversity and she loves to re-connect people with the natural environment and pass on information that their grandmothers would have known!


E N J O Y | MY JER S EY

My Jersey JERSEY'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR STEPHEN DALTON SHARES HIS LOVE OF JERSEY.

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was fortunate to begin to experience the beauty of the Jersey landscape when first I came here on holiday in 1974. A good friend invited me to come and spend some time here whilst we were at Bath University (a poor student very grateful for an inexpensive holiday) and he and his family showed me much of the naturally inspiring coastline and glorious beaches. Like many visitors who come to Jersey today, I knew very little about the Island and virtually nothing about its geography, history and character. There is a wide range of beautiful locations here, and there is great enjoyment from just walking the coastline and the countryside trails as well, of course, in walking along the long and glorious sandy beaches.

clean and unspoilt the countryside and the beaches remain. This, of course, does not happen by accident; but, it is a real pleasure to see that Jersey people care about their environment and so many go well beyond just caring and actively seek to keep the Island clean and tidy. This is equally true for the beach cleaning events that are staged regularly and whilst so much of the world is polluted with plastic, crisp packets and glass thrown away so irresponsibly by people, here in Jersey, most of the flotsam that we pick up on the beaches seems to have washed up having been discarded at sea. That is not to say that we can be overly content, because there is normally a piece of rubbish that ‘needs’ to be picked up as we walk around the Island.

Walking through the woods and across the stream in St Catherine’s Valley is always such a joy; it is also remarkably peaceful and relaxing. The sound of the water running down the valley, the sight of the wild flowers growing all around and the madness of our Black Labrador, rushing around and jumping into and over the water – all of this is just so wonderful to be able to see and hear. The other really notable feature of such walks is just how

Our favourite beach, well that is a really difficult choice! When we used to bring our children on holiday here, we would almost always make for Plémont. There were a number of reasons that we liked going there: when the tide was out – always a good thing to watch and know about in Jersey – the beaches and the caves were wonderful for the children; once we were on the beach, the children were very unlikely to try and climb back up the steps

on their own; and finally, it was generally quite quiet and we felt as if we had found our own special place. Over the last 2 years since we came to live here, we have come to know and love all the beaches for different reasons. Longbeach, early in the morning, is a great place to start the day; walking from Gorey to Green Island – well actually, marching/running after the dog more like – with the sun coming up and the sea rolling in makes for a magical time. Equally, a Sunday morning stroll across St Brelade’s Bay is a wonderful pleasure; and then, just the expanse of St Ouen’s Bay gives us the feeling of real space and freedom as we chase the dog and his ball along. So thank you Jersey and all those who seek actively to keep the Island’s countryside and beaches so beautiful. I believe that we all have a duty to keep the environment here as protected and beautiful as we can as we enjoy living here, and Anne and I will continue to do our best to help Jersey remain and get even better as an environmental haven – Thank you to The National Trust for all that you do to show us the way to improve our Island habitat.

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E N J O Y | LÉ JÈRRIAIS

LÉ JÈRRIAIS: LA LANGUE DÉ JÈRRI POUOR TOUS

Jersey's own language for everyone BY GERAINT JENNINGS

AV'-OUS LES STEMBRES?

AUTUMNAL AGUE

Quand l'Êté hale à sa fîn et sembl'ye êt' ès agouis, ch'n'est d'aut' les êcaûdeûthes dé solé tchi nos vengent, ni les moustiques, ni l'arsion. Nan, quand la tchête dé niet arrive dé pus en pus tôt et l'temps veint d'pus en pus gris et la brise veint pus qu'rafraîchissante, ch'est qu'lé monde quémenchent les pliaintes d'amors qu'i' lus sentent un mio malheutheurs.

When summer is on its last legs, we're no longer stressed by sunburn, mosquitoes or sweltering heat. No, as nights draw in and the weather gets greyer and breezes become rather too refreshing, the usual complaints of feeling unwell start up again.

Snifli'-ous? R'nâcli'-ous? Êtèrnu'-ous? Assa ch'est les stembres! Êt'-ous un mio chose? Êt'-ous un mio faillis? Ch'est sans doute les stembres. Quand les mousses èrvont à l'êcole auprès les longues vacanches d'Êté, ch'est qu'i' happent les microbes et maladies tchi sont à banon et l's'us entré-pâssent et d'même les maux font eune touônnée des c'meunautés et tout l'monde à lus en pliaindre. Ch'est les stembres. Et auprès du bouôn temps d'l'Êté, né v'là tch'arrivent des achies d'plyie, d'la bliâse, des fraides brises. Nou-s'a partoute l'Île d'la mucreu et d'la mouoillêtuthe, du pité et des mathes et nou-s'a l's esprits bas et l's ahans. Ch'est les stembres.

Are you sniffling? Snorting? Sneezing? That's the "stembres" – a traditional term for autumnal ague or seasonal bugs that leave you out of sorts and under the weather. When children go back to school after longer summer holidays, they pick up bugs and illnesses that are doing the rounds, pass them on to each other and the rest of the community and everyone has a complaint. That's the "stembres" for you. And after good summer weather, along come showers, fog, cold breezes. All over the Island there's dampness and wetness, mud and puddles, depression and twinges. That's the "stembres" for you.

Au temps pâssé, les gens 'taient prînses des stembres auprès l'avoût, et sans doute ch'tait tout l'travas ès clios et dans les fèrmes tch'êmoûtchait les maux un co qu'nou réalîsait qué nou-s'avait assez d'temps pouor s'pliaindre. Êpis y'a la longue néthe saîson entre l'avoût et Noué tch'êtchoeuthe les gens.

Time past, people were struck down with the "stembres" after harvest, and doubtless once one had worked up some aches and pains in the fields and farms, there came a time when one realised one had time to spare for complaining about them. And the long dark season between harvest and Christmas is enough to get anyone down.

Tout coumme nou peut s'rêjoui d'un tas d'tchi même quand lé temps s'est stembri. Les fielles changent dé couleu ès bouais d'vant d'en tchaie, y'a des frits en av'-ous en voul'ous, et nou graie d's êtchuivées, des pâtchieaux et ofûche des pais au fou à seule fîn dé s'rêcaûffer quand les salades dé l'Êté n'nos ravigotent d'aut'.

Still there's plenty to be cheerful about even once the weather has turned autumnal. Leaves change colour on the trees before falling, there's fruit galore, and stews, pies and perhaps beancrock are made to warm one up when summer salads are no longer doing the business.

Et des soupes! N'y rein pouor les stembres comme les soupes. Nou n'en est janmais soupé d'la soupe d'andgulle, d'la soupe dé caboche, d'la soupe à l'ouongnon et tout chenna.

And soup! There's nothing like soup for curing the "stembres". One can never get fed up with conger soup, cabbage soup, onion soup etc.

Tout comme quand il en dêtchèrque assez pouor vos tremper comme eune soupe et qu'nou prend eune câsaque dé fraid, nou pouôrrait bein par bordée s'pliaindre des stembres.

Nevertheless, when the rain pours down enough to turn you into soup and you catch a streaming cold, you might just occasionally complain of autumnal ague.

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E N J O Y E|NAJCTIVITIES O Y | MY JER TO TR S EY Y

Activities to try The Trust’s workshops are always popular and enable islanders, as well as the occasional visitor, to learn a new skill and have fun trying. Workshops take place in our historic buildings such as the Pressoir at The Elms and there is always a discount for members of the Trust – so another reason to encourage others to join.

Workshops for Food Lovers

Workshops for Creatives

Wednesday 2 October

Tuesday 19 and/or Tuesday 26 November

WINTER PRESERVES Join Lesley Garton from The Chilli Kitchen and learn how to make wonderful winter preserves with harvest bounty such as apples and pears for your larder and just in time for Christmas. Enjoy a light cheese and wine supper and a tot of Sloe gin in the wonderful old Pressoir at The Elms. Meeting point: The Elms Time: 6 - 9 pm Price: £15 Members; £30 Non-Members

CHRISTMAS DECORATION WORKSHOP Join local artist Kerry-Jane Warner and make beautiful Christmas decorations using felt, beads and sequins based on the island’s wildlife such as barn owls and squirrels. For the real enthusiast there will be an opportunity to create a set of ‘heritage’ decorations over the course of 2 evenings which you will be able to keep forever. Meeting point: The Elms Time: 7 - 9 pm Price: £15 for Trust Members; £25 for Non-Members per workshop to include seasonal refreshments

Sunday 8 December

GARLANDS AND GIN WORKSHOP Join florist Claire Eden and learn how to make a beautiful Christmas garland, either for your mantelpiece, Christmas table or for use as a swag around the house. The evening will be very relaxed and will include seasonal refreshments including Sloe gin. Meeting point: The Elms Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm Price: £45 for Trust Members; £60 for Non-Members to include seasonal refreshments. Max 18 persons. Please bring secateurs/scissors and any special decorations you would like to include in the garland.

To book your place on one of the above activities please go to www.nationaltrust.je/events or call us on 483193

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n the last edition of our Discover magazine we reported that work had started on resurfacing the driveway to The Elms and the creation of a new office space in the old council room. We are pleased to report that these works have now been completed.

Approximately 4,500 cobbles, many donated by the Jersey Gas Company over 25 years ago, have been laid in assorted sizes and colours which has resulted in a pleasing and traditional appearance to this important driveway leading to the Trust’s headquarters. The additional office space comprises a new reception area and four additional office desks/workstations. The entrance to the office is via the double doors opposite the joinery workshop negating the need to use the stairs from the pressoir. Going forward we would encourage all visitors to The Elms to use this entrance. Our wholehearted thanks go to the Association of Jersey Charities who awarded the Trust a grant to enable this work to be completed. If passing why not pop in and say “hello” and perhaps grab a copy of our new Rockpool or Bug Safari booklets, or simply have a look around the walled garden. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our new office and reception area. One of the ongoing challenges at The Elms is parking provision. As a multi-functional site encompassing tenants, the office, property and lands workshops, a venue for events and a meeting place for volunteers, parking is always at a premium and an increasing challenge. Early discussions have therefore been held with the Planning Department to see if a resolution can be found so that we can ensure our HQ is sustainable and workable in the longer term.

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E N J O Y | I N T H E S P O T LIG HT

Spotlight - IN THE -

We recently caught up with Sheena Brockie, a new member to the Trust Council and asked her a few questions about why she is keen to serve as a voluntary member. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and working background I grew up in Scotland, where my father ran a country park, complete with hunting lodge, a river, Iron Age fort, farm and 1,000 acres of woodland. It’s where my love of nature was born. I came to live in Jersey nearly 27 years ago and until earlier this year worked in accountancy and compliance roles in the finance industry. I am currently studying and will shortly set up my own business to provide environmental/sustainability consultancy to businesses.

Why were you keen to get involved with the National Trust for Jersey? I have been actively involved with the National Trust in Jersey for over 25 years. In the early days I was involved in a site survey and management plan for a small parcel of land near to Grouville Marsh, which turned out to be a critical site for Little Egrets. I am personally aligned with the aims of the Trust but specifically drawn to their aim of protecting the natural and historic environments.

What do you hope to “bring to the table” and which projects are you most looking forward to getting involved in? I am passionate about all aspects of the environment and hope to add to the amazing work already undertaken by the Trust team in managing the environmental footprint of the Trust’s assets and activities. I am also interested in exploring ways in which members can offset their unavoidable carbon footprint through tree planting schemes,

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to mitigate the effects of climate change, improve soil microbiology, reduce soil erosion and increase island biodiversity.

What are your concerns regarding Jersey’s natural environment? My biggest concern for Jersey’s natural environment is the effects of creeping urbanisation. Without a clear population policy we will rightly require more and more land for homes, to the detriment of the natural environment. Add to this some unsustainable farming practices and land management and we can clearly see that Jerseys natural environment is at risk.

The Government of Jersey is giving residents the opportunity to comment on the Island Plan from 2021 to 2030. What are the key areas that you would like to see included? The Government of Jersey is keen for people to have their say, so please do use your voice and provide feedback. The Island Plan should not be a stand-alone document but should be a cohesive review which also looks at the climate emergency plan, when available, to create a truly sustainable future for Jersey. For me personally the vital areas for the Island to focus on are waste management, sustainable transport, renewable energy sources and the protection of the Island’s biodiversity.

What makes Jersey a special place for you, and do you have a favourite place to visit and relax? I love living in Jersey as there is so much variety in what the Island has to offer; there truly is something for everyone. As long as I’m outdoors and active then I’m happy – whether I’m walking, growing produce at my field or (more recently) sea swimming. For me the Island has a real jewel in the Jersey National Park but I feel that it could be more embedded in Jersey’s identity.


PROTECT | ELECTRIC CARS

Why is The National Trust for Jersey campaigning for increased usage of

electric cars? BY CHARLES ALLUTO

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s many of our members may have recently seen in the local media we wrote to the Island’s Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis, on the 23rd May to enquire as to how his department was planning to meet the targets set by Pathway 2050 – An Energy Plan for Jersey. In particular we focused on the target of 5,579 Ultra Low Emission Vehicles by 2020, as unfortunately by the end of 2017 only 840 such vehicles had been registered equivalent to a mere 14%. In addition carbon emissions had effectively risen by 4% between 2015 and 2016. We also suggested that new incentives needed to be considered by the Infrastructure Department to increase the take-up of ULEVs, as the current policy of relying on market forces would not deliver their own targets. The Trust also recommended that Government consider setting a target date to ban the importation of diesel and petrol cars so that the community had an opportunity to adapt and plan accordingly. Following this article a number of people have queried why the Trust felt it had a role in raising these issues given that our purpose as a charitable organisation is “for the purposes of securing the permanent preservation for the benefit of the Island of lands and tenements (including buildings) of beauty or historic interest, and as regards lands, for the preservation (so far as practicable) of their natural aspect, features, and animal and plant life”.

Our contention is that the impacts of climate change and our potential failure to address our carbon emissions, will have such a detrimental effect that the Trust will increasingly fail in its duty to preserve the natural beauty and wildlife of our Island. For example climate change could result in significant biodiversity loss, flooding and increased erosion of our coastal landscapes, to name just a few. Of course such a stance is nothing new as many members will remember our rather controversial Green House campaign in 2011, which sought to highlight this problem and promote the benefits of sustainability in our domestic environment. Of course it is also crucial that the Trust practices what it preaches and in this respect we have been working hard to increase the sustainability of our own properties (a third of carbon emissions are from heating buildings) by installing airheat sources pumps, secondary glazing, rain water harvesting infrastructure and enhanced insulation levels. Electric charging points have been fitted at Les Côtils Farm Pressoir and Grève de Lecq Barracks, and plans are in place to fit one at The Elms in the very near future. The Trust’s Council has agreed to replace our vehicle fleet with electric/hybrid vehicles, as and when they reach the end of their working lives. Finally we are actively seeking to increase woodland cover, despite the ongoing challenges over land use, and roll out a hedgerow restoration scheme as part of our Hedge Fund Campaign. We also recognise that ULEVs

are only part of the solution to address transport emissions, and that increasing cycle routes, pathways and public transport are also of huge benefit. In this respect the Trust has actively worked with the Infrastructure Department by leasing its land for free to facilitate the new cycle path in St Peter’s Valley. As a charity established to help protect our natural environment we do feel we do have a legitimate role in highlighting the need for greater sustainability, as well as actively promoting the urgent need to address climate change. Some will argue that given we are a small Island our impact will be negligible. However, the counter argument must be that we all have a role to play in tackling climate change and using the world’s limited resources more wisely and that it would be a dereliction of our duty as “global citizens” if we did not actively play our part. We therefore very much welcome that the States of Jersey has declared a climate emergency and is considering the best way to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. We do hope that our members will consider commenting on the initial report on Tackling Climate Change Emergency by going to the following link: https://www.gov.je/news/2019/pages/ initialclimateemergencyreport.aspx

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DISCOVER | 16 NEW STREET

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hen 16 New Street first opened its doors to the public in November 2011 it was described as ‘a lost jewel in the crown of the architectural heritage of Jersey’ due to the intactness of its early Georgian interiors and splendid panelled rooms. However, eight years on visitors are now also able to gain a real insight into the Regency tastes that once informed horticultural and landscape design, as its small front historic garden has now matured into one of St Helier’s most captivating pocket gardens.

When Philippe Patriarche (Constable of St Helier from 1712–1717) constructed 16 New Street in the 1730s on the edge of marshy ground the windows at the front of the house looked out onto a private road with fields stretching out as far as the eye could see. The Richmond Map of St Helier (surveyed in 1787) illustrates gardens on three sides of the house, bordering the stream that dissects New Street from North to South. The Le Gros Map of 1834 shows extensive gardens, particularly to the West, and a glass house against the boundary wall to the North (where De Gruchy’s arcade is situated today). An insurance policy from 1839 also mentions a detached stone stable and coach house to the rear, incorporating a wash house and laundry. By 1854, Abraham de Gruchy had expanded his retail business to create a vast new store, which received considerable praise in Dumaresq’s Tourist’s Handbook to Jersey: ‘Among many improvements due to private enterprise none reflects so much credit

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on the town as the handsome shop of Mr Abraham de Gruchy. It will not be saying too much to compare it to the best in London. This immense block of buildings is accessible from three streets, King Street, Dumaresq Street and New Street.’ As the town expanded, the neighbouring land was gradually sold off and when the Trust acquired 16 New Street in 2003 the only piece that remained was the small tarmac area to the front of the house, which was used as a car park. The Archaeological Section of the Société Jersiaise undertook a comprehensive survey and archaeological dig in the area, which gave the Trust a much better understanding of the former garden layout. One of the Trust’s first objectives was to reinstate the low granite-capped wall, together with the steel railings and central gate, which were manufactured locally using archive photographs to inform the overall design.


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The Trust commissioned Sussex-based landscape architect Virginia Hinze to design the front garden at 16 New Street, drawing inspiration from the Regency gardens of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. The choice of plants have been informed by the early 19th century writings of landscape gardener William Gilpin and horticulturalist Henry Phillips, a close friend of artist John Constable and author of the first books on the history of plants. Around the perimeter of the garden is a shelter belt of shrubs and climbers, while internally native and exotic plants are interspersed in an undulating fashion to offer seasonal interest, colour associations and a good range of scents. Old-fashioned roses have been included in the scheme (including Rosa ‘du Roi’ and Rosa x odorata ‘Mutabilis’) to reflect

the political persuasion of 16 New Street’s then owner Notary Philippe Journeaux, who was a member of the Liberal ‘Rose’ Party. The planting scheme offers a degree of privacy, while still allowing occasional views into the garden from the street. Today the garden at 16 New Street is enjoyed by staff and visitors alike, as well as the local wildlife who shelter in the shrubs and feed on the nectar rich plants. The garden at 16 New Street is cared for by a team of four volunteers: Annette Lowe, Avi Dinshaw, Helen Forster and Steve Booth. Working tirelessly in all weathers, the team waters, mulches, prunes and deadheads to keep the garden looking at its best all year  round.

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THE VALUE OF

Educational Visits

Historic buildings provide first-hand experiences that cannot be recreated in the classroom – an opportunity for pupils to engage with real objects, real stories, real people and real environments. Many children respond well to formal education inside a classroom, but for most there is no substitute for real experience in the wider world. Learning outside the classroom is both rewarding and enriching for pupils, and yet today increased pressures on school budgets means that many schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding. This year, the Trust was delighted to receive funding from Ogier to repeat its two programmes for primary schools at Le Moulin de Quétivel and 16 New Street, enabling more than six hundred local school children to visit the Trust’s historic visitor sites free of charge. School trips such as these provide a great opportunity for pupils to gain experience and face a range of challenges that contribute significantly to their personal development. While most children form

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close friendships from day-to-day contact in school, the experience of going on a school visit with their teachers and peers adds a completely new dimension. It raises the whole area of interpersonal skills, including leadership, team work and respect. A recent survey commissioned by The Council of Learning Outside of the Classroom (LOTC) revealed that 87 per cent of teachers found LOTC lessons memorable and 77 per cent agreed that they motivated and enthused young people. Practical, hands-on sessions are particularly beneficial for students with Special Educational Needs who find visual and sensory experiences  helpful to their learning and understanding. Through a series of rotational activities, the Trust’s educational programmes offer something for everyone: whether a child enjoys nature and wildlife, cooking, dancing, history or design & technology. For more information, on the Trust’s educational programmes at 16 New Street and Le Moulin de Quétivel please contact: catherine@nationaltrust.je


EDUCATIONAL VISITS TO

LE MOULIN DE QUÉTIVEL & 16 NEW STREET

November 2019

A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS Suitable for Year 5s

October 2019

A MILLER’S LIFE Suitable for Year 5s

Includes four rotational activities: • A guided walk through the woodland with spotter charts • A working tour of the mill • A bread demonstration in the Victorian kitchen • A Design & Technology activity: understanding cogs and gears

Curriculum Objectives HISTORY: Understand the history of the Island, from the earliest times to the present day. SCIENCE: Understand that gravity is a force, which acts on objects pulling them towards the Earth; recognise that some mechanisms – such as levers, pulleys and gears – can be used to increase the work of a force. GEOGRAPHY: Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate; understand how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems; understand human geography, including …land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Includes four rotational activities: • Meet the cook and help her prepare the Christmas pudding • Meet the Footman and help him lay the table for Christmas lunch • Find out about the history of the Christmas tree and take part in a quiz • Dress up in costume and learn a traditional dance • A traditional Christmas story

Curriculum Objectives HISTORY: Understand the history of the Island, from the earliest times to the present day; understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends; understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation and how Jersey has been influenced by the wider world.the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. SCIENCE: Understand that gravity is a force, which acts on objects pulling them towards the Earth; recognise that some mechanisms – such as levers, pulleys and gears – can be used to increase the work of a force. GEOGRAPHY: Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate; understand how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems; understand human geography, including … land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

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EDUCATION | WILD AFTER SCHOOL

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hockingly, recent studies have shown that young children are now spending twice as long looking at screens as playing outside. It is also reported that children can name more Pokémon characters than species of wildlife. Connection to nature is proven to improve well-being; making children both happier and healthier whilst also inspiring the budding conservationists of the future to care for the world around them. With this in mind, the Trust invited children from local primary schools to be ‘wild’ after school. Through the generous support of HSBC, a new after-school club scheme was launched to allow children to further connect with the natural world. Led by our Education Officer, Chris Siouville, children enjoyed activities such as making recycled bird feeders, planting acorns, gathering fallen leaves for art work and a big favourite was stomping barefoot in mud! All activities were focused on allowing reluctant

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children to find enjoyment in wild play and encouraging further exploration of seasonal topics such as bird migration, seed dispersal, tree and leaf identification and pollination. These sessions took place whatever the weather, with children and staff reporting that they loved spending time outside in the rain as they ‘never get the chance to do that.’ School staff were given help and advice on how to make the most of their outdoor environment, making improvements to benefit wildlife and be used as an added resource for all pupils. At a time when nature needs our help more than ever, we need to ensure that it is a part of our children’s everyday lives. As Robert Pyle wrote, “what is the extinction of the condor to a child who has never seen a wren?” ‘Wild After-School’ continues this Autumn, with the Trust delivering sessions to four schools during the term.


EDUCATION | GO BONKERS FOR CONKERS

Go Bonkers for Conkers! As the nights draw in and the air becomes cooler it can be less appealing to have fun outdoors. The lure of shiny brown conkers bursting from their prickly green casings and the resulting battles that ensue is surely enough to tempt even the most reluctant child off the sofa! What you need to do:

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Look out for Horse Chestnut trees with large hand-shaped leaves (there are lots lining Hydrangea Avenue in St Ouen.) Collect the biggest, strongest-looking conkers you can find.

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With some adult assistance carefully make a hole straight through the conker using a strong skewer then thread through a piece of string around 30cm long and tie at the end.

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Rules of the game:

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Player one needs to hold their conker away from their body as steadily as possible.

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Player two then swings their conker down to hit their opponent’s as hard as they can. If you miss you are allowed two more turns.

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If the strings get tangled, the first player to call ‘strings!’ gets a bonus shot.

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The game goes on until one of the conkers either breaks or falls off the string.

The winning conker then becomes a ‘one-er’ – meaning that it has beaten one other conker. Each time that conker wins a game, it adds to its score, becoming a ‘two-er’, ‘three-er’ and so on. If the conker that’s broken already had a score; that is added as well eg. a two-er that beats a three-er becomes a six-er (two plus three plus one for the win.) There are various ways you can try to strengthen your conker, including baking them or putting them in vinegar. Ask family and friends what the rules were when they were at school.


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f you are reading this magazine and are a member of The National Trust for Jersey, then thank you so much for supporting us and the work we do to safeguard our Island. As a truly independent charity which receives no government funding, subscriptions are a very important income stream for the Trust and we would really like to encourage every one of our members to invite a family member, friend or colleague to join the Trust. This will enable us to grow our membership, increase our income and spread the word about how together we can Discover, Enjoy and Protect what makes our Island special. If on the other hand you are reading this magazine and are not a member of the Trust but appreciate what we are trying to achieve, then please consider joining without delay! For less than a penny a day or 58p a week you can be a member of the Island’s foremost conservation

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organisation. Simply apply online by going to our website www.nationaltrust.je or pick up a leaflet at 16 New Street, St Helier, Le Moulin de Quétivel in St Peter’s Valley, or at the Wetland Centre in St Ouen’s Bay. Alternatively pop into our office at The Elms in St Mary or feel free to give us a call on 483193. We also offer Gift Memberships which make ideal birthday and Christmas presents. Packaged in a lovely gift box, the membership cards together with our handbook can be posted out direct to the recipient or collected from the office. Whilst we offer a considerable number of tangible benefits though our membership; namely free entry to our sites, a varied events programme with membership discounts, reduced rates for our property hire and two membership magazines a year, the overriding benefit is intangible; helping the Trust to care for its historic buildings, land, footpaths and coastline

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for the enjoyment of everyone. When you next take a walk on the North coast and look at the uninterrupted view over Plémont, or you walk though Fern Valley and enjoy the seclusion of the woods and take a visit to the Wetland Centre and see the Marsh Harriers overhead or spot a rare over wintering Bittern in the reed bed then do not forget this has all been made possible by the generosity of our supporters over the years, through memberships, donations and legacies. You will also read in the following pages how your National Trust for Jersey membership card entitles you to visit over 300 National Trust properties in the UK and across the world. As the editor of the Evening Post declared in 1937 “All lovers of Jersey who can afford the subscription ought to be members of the Trust”. So if you love your Island home then please become a member and help us to keep your Island special forever and for everyone.

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E N J O Y | MEMBERSHIP

Using your National Trust for Jersey card

Abroad BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS

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here are many benefits to National Trust membership, and of course we are all supporting an organisation uniquely dedicated to the preservation of Jersey’s heritage, landscape and coastline. But not all members know that on joining the National Trust for Jersey, they become part of a Commonwealth of Nations, a group of similar organisations, all belonging to INTO (“the International National Trust Organisation”, a body that helps National Trust organisations support each other).

united kingdom & rep. i r e la n d

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The secret is to turn to the back of your National Trust for Jersey membership card. It lists the countries where your card gives you a reciprocal right to visit National Trust or Heritage properties free of charge. In return members from those jurisdictions can visit 16 New Street and Le Moulin de Quétivel without paying an entrance fee, and indeed many of them do.

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In case you do not have your card to hand the jurisdictions where you can use your card are: England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Gelderland (a province in the Eastern Netherlands), Guernsey, Isle of Man, Italy, South Korea, Malta, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Taiwan, Zimbabwe


Pompallier Mission & Printery, NZ

The links to the old Commonwealth are obvious enough and pretty easy to look up, but what about Gelderland in the Netherlands? To find out is simple enough if you use the internet. Just go to the INTO website https://intoorg.org/ and look at 'About The Members.' You will discover that Gelderland has seven castles and historic houses welcoming visitors. I myself have used my card in half a dozen countries. Until recently Tasmania was the most remote. I used it there to visit a country house with a portrait of a De Carteret in the dining room. Earlier this year I went a little further, to New Zealand and want to tell you about a couple of the lovely places to visit. Both are run by Heritage New Zealand, which looks after a total of 43 historic properties, dating from the 1820’s onwards, as European settlement there only began around 1800. The first is in Russell, a beautiful town in the Bay of Islands, and for a brief while the capital of New Zealand from 1840 to 1841. Along the waterfront the traveller will find the Pompallier Mission and Printery, a French Catholic mission house, printer and tannery built in 1842, as Anglicans, Methodists and Catholics rushed to bring Christianity to the Maoris. They received a warm welcome. The Maoris were keen to embrace those aspects of European civilisation which were useful to them, both trade items such as muskets and powder and literacy. The nature of tribal society with frequent wars between tribes gave all of this importance. The Catholics arrived somewhat after the Anglicans and Methodists and were viewed with some caution by the Anglican Governors of the day. They settled, were quietly diligent and built their printing house from rammed earth, because they could not afford other materials. It was a technique common in Lyon, from whence the Marist brothers came. The building also housed a

Highwic in Auckland, NZ

tannery to provide leather covers for the books. The goal was a simple one; to bring Christianity to the many Maori tribes in the area by providing them with the Bible and other religious books printed in Maori. The undertaking was in reality a huge one. They had a printing press, shipped from France, but no printer. They got there by trial and error, dismantling other printed books to work out how the spine had been sewn together, and tanning hides and stretching the leather to make the covers. In the years that followed they printed 30,000 books in Maori at a time when the Maori population was less than 80,000. The printing press is in situ, the tannery is at the rear, and the room where books were bound is upstairs. All of this was explained by guides in the true National Trust style, informed, lively and with a depth of knowledge. I had always wanted to learn how leather bound books were made, but who would have thought I would learn about it in New Zealand! Add formal late Victorian gardens, a tea room and a view, and it was the most perfect afternoon.

Original printing press

The second is quite a contrast. It is Highwic in Auckland, a formal Gothic mansion with light airy rooms built by William Buckland in 1862 in a suburb. He was an English immigrant who thrived, a successful auctioneer and businessman who fathered 21 children and built the house to convey his social standing. You will find Victorian gardens, laid out in the 1870’s with tennis courts and a croquet lawn still in use. I hope my message is clear; your National Trust card will give you great pleasure in a great many unexpected places. Do please use it abroad; you will not regret it.

Images courtesy of “Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga”.

Guide at Pompallier House

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Events

We would like to encourage our members to book events online. This helps us not only to monitor ticket sales more effectively, but also helps to manage our limited resource within our small office team. Of course if you would prefer not to book online you can telephone 483193 or call into the office between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Log onto: www.nationaltrust.je/events

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october

september Sunday 8 September

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ PARTY

The Council of the National Trust for Jersey invite the Council, Advisory panel members, volunteers and staff to its annual ‘thank you party’ for afternoon tea in one of the trust’s historic properties.

Saturday 21 September

OPEN MILLING

Visit the only remaining working watermill on the Island and experience the whole milling process from start to finish. Join the rangers as they open the sluice gates, admire the ancient waterwheel as it springs into action and meet our very own miller, who will be milling the Trust’s unique stoneground flour, and the miller’s wife who will be making bread in the historic kitchen. In association with Heritage Open Day. Free guided walks with Blue Badge Guide Jean Treleven at the following times: Mill Pond to Quétivel Mill at 10am (no need to book) Quétivel Mill to Tesson Mill at 11.30am (no need to book). Meeting Point: Le Moulin de Quétivel Time: 10am – 4pm Price: Free Transport: Bus route 8; Cycle path from St Helier; Limited parking available on site. Car parking at the Mill Pond north of the site.

Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 September

WALKING THROUGH AUTUMN FESTIVAL

A walking festival taking in the sites, lands and properties of the National Trust for Jersey. Enjoy a range of walks including ‘behind the scenes’ walks at Grouville Marsh and St Ouen’s pond, nature rambles, parish walks, bug, bat and bird tours. Take a peep inside a working water mill, go low water foraging and lots more. Meeting Point: Various Time: 1pm - 2pm, 6pm - 7pm, 8pm - 9pm Price: Free for Members - £10 per walk for Non-Members Kindly Supported by Intertrust

Saturday 21 September

HERITAGE OPEN DAY

Heritage Open Day offers you the wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the Island’s finest historic buildings. Special events and activities will be organised at the key sites. Meeting Point: Various Time: 10am – 4pm Price: Free

Wednesday 2 October

WINTER PRESERVES WITH LESLEY GARTON FROM THE CHILLI KITCHEN

Join Lesley Garton and learn how to make wonderful winter preserves with harvest bounty such as apples and pears for your larder and just in time for Christmas. Enjoy a light cheese and wine supper and a tot of Sloe gin in the wonderful old Pressoir at The Elms. Meeting Point: The Elms Time: 6pm – 9pm Price: £15 Members; £30 Non-Members Parking is available at The Elms.

Thursday 3 October Thursday 27 September

CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTER WALK

As part of a planned series of farm and producer tours, the National Trust is inviting members to a Champagne and Oyster walk led by John & Shannon Le Seelleur from Seymour Oyster. Participants will walk across the sea bed to see some of the Seymour Oyster company’s 14 million oysters and learn about their production and the history of the company. The walk will include champagne or sparkling wine and of a taste of the crop! Water is also provided. Meeting Point: Seymour Slip Time: 11am –1pm Price: £20, Members Only Event Transport: Bus Route 1. Parking available in the small car park at Seymour Slip.

Book tickets online for all our events by visiting www.nationaltrust.je/events

OPERA AT 16 NEW STREET GEORGIAN HOUSE

Join The Jersey Vocal Trust Singers for a varied programme of operatic favourites performed around the grand piano at 16 New Street – including duets and arias by Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Dvorak and Gershwin. Meeting Point: 16 New Street Time: Doors open at 6.30pm; Concert starts at 7pm Price: £10 Members; £15 Non-Members to include a welcome drink. Proceeds shared between the National Trust for Jersey and The Jersey Vocal Trust.

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november

october

Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and 30 October

WOODLAND WANDERS –AFTER DARK Sunday 6 October

LINE IN THE SAND 10TH ANNIVERSARY

The National Trust for Jersey and The Jersey National Park will be jointly celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Island’s classic environmental demonstration - The Line in the Sand. The Frances Le Sueur Centre will host an open day for all the family including information on the importance of protecting the Island's natural environment. There will be a wealth of information retelling the story of ‘the line’ and the Jersey National Park. Meeting Point: Frances Le Sueur Centre Time: 10am – 4pm Price: Free

During half-term, join us for a wander in the woodland with a difference. Setting off at dusk, we will explore the sights and sounds of the woods as the sun goes down. Watch for bats, listen for birds and enjoy a hot chocolate in Le Moulin de Quetivel. Meeting Point: Mill pond car park, St. Peter’s Valley Time: 4.30 - 6.30pm Price: Free – Members; £10 per child non-members. Booking essential.

Thursday 31 October

POP-UP CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN EVENT AT 16 NEW STREET ‘THE WITCHES OF 16 NEW STREET’

Community event involving the ancient art of Black Butter making. Come along to The Elms and peel apples, watch the mixture being stirred all through the night, get involved in jarring up and then enjoy homemade food, pumpkin carving and live music on market day when the Black Butter goes on sale.

To celebrate Halloween this half term, the Trust is holding a pop-up children’s event at 16 New Street with a witchy theme aimed at younger visitors. Meet a ‘real’ witch in the Georgian Kitchen and find out what she is cooking in her cauldron, settle down with your broomsticks for a witchy themed story in the attic and take part in a range of Halloween themed craft activities around the table in the Club Room. Come dressed as your favourite character.

Meeting Point: The Elms Time: 2–5pm; Friday 10am–10pm; Saturday 10am–4pm. Price: Free

Meeting Point: 16 New Street Time: 10am – 4pm Price: Adults £6; Children £3; Members and Under 6s Free.

Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October

BLACK BUTTER MAKING

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Thursday 31 October, Friday 1 November, Saturday 2 November

WOODLAND WANDERS

During half term, explore the beautiful woodland below Hamptonne in full autumn colours. Learn about the flora and fauna of this rich habitat, create natural artwork and mix Hallowe’en potions beside the stream. Meeting Point: Hamptonne museum car park Time: 10am - 12pm Price: Free Members; £10 per child non-members. Booking essential.

Tuesday 19 and Tuesday 26 November

CHRISTMAS DECORATION WORKSHOP Join local artist Kerry-Jane Warner and make beautiful Christmas decorations using felt, beads and sequins based on the island’s wildlife such as barn owls and squirrels. For the real enthusiast there will be an opportunity to create a set of ‘heritage’ decorations over the course of 2 evenings which you will be able to keep for ever.

Meeting Point: The Elms Time: 7pm – 9 pm Price: £15 for Trust Members; £25 for NonMembers to include seasonal refreshments


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THROUGHOUT DECEMBER

Follow our Facebook page for fun, festive ideas to get the family out and about during the Christmas holidays.

Sunday 8 December

Saturday 7, 12, 14, 21 December

Join florist Claire Eden and learn how to make a beautiful Christmas garland, either for your mantelpiece, Christmas table or for use as a swag around the house. The evening will be very relaxed and will include seasonal refreshments including Sloe gin.

Christmas in Jersey wouldn’t be complete without a special visit to see Father Christmas at 16 New Street. Additional activities on the day include Christmas crafts on the first floor, Christmas stories in the attic and the opportunity to stir the Christmas pudding – and make a wish – in the Georgian kitchen.

GARLANDS AND GIN WORKSHOP Thursday 21 and 28 November

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING AT 16 NEW STREET

Support the work of the Trust by purchasing your Christmas gifts at 16 New Street. All profits go towards the ongoing work of the Trust. Members are entitled to a 10% discount when they show their cards at the desk.

Saturday 23 and 30 November

16 NEW STREET WINTER OPENING

Step back in time and experience 16 New Street transformed for the festive season with boughs of holly, candles and traditional decorations. Admire the magnificent Christmas tree in the Victorian Club Room, visit the children’s nursery up in the attic and meet Louisa, the resident cook, who will be preparing some special festive treats for visitors to taste in the Georgian Kitchen.

Meeting Point: The Elms Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Price: £45 for Trust Members; £60 for Non-Members to include seasonal refreshments. Max 18 persons. Please bring secateurs/scissors and any special decorations you would like to include in the garland.

Thursday 5, 12 and 19 December

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING AT 16 NEW STREET

FATHER CHRISTMAS AT 16 NEW STREET

Saturday 7 December: 10am – 4pm Saturday 14 December: 10am – 4pm Saturday 21 December: 10am – 2pm Price: £5 Members; £10 Non-Members to include a gift – one accompanying adult admitted free of charge. Additional adults £6 (Members Free). Booking essential. Kindly supported by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Support the work of the Trust by purchasing your Christmas gifts at 16 New Street. All profits go towards the ongoing work of the Trust. Members are entitled to a 10% discount when they show their cards at the desk.

Book tickets online for all our events by visiting www.nationaltrust.je/events

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TURKEY BUSTER WALK

Join your guide Bob Tompkins on a wonderful walk to brush off the Christmas ‘blues’ and lose a few calories in the process! Details of the walking route to be confirmed. End the walk with a warming tot of Sloe gin. Meeting Point: To be advised Time: 11.30am – 1pm Price: Free but donations welcome!

Tuesday 17 December

16 NEW STREET BY CANDLELIGHT

Join us this Christmas for an atmospheric tour of 16 New Street by candlelight, where you can look in on the servants and family members as they prepare for the Christmas period. Below stairs the Housekeeper is busy preparing mince pies in the Georgian kitchen, upstairs in the Drawing Room Mr and Mrs Journeaux are planning a Twelfth Night Ball and right at the top of the house the children are settling down to game of Nine Men’s Morris with their grandmother. Meeting Point: 16 New Street Time: 5.30pm & 6.30pm Price: £5 Members; £10 Non-Members Booking essential.

Monday 23rd December

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

Spend the weekend gathering pine cones then bring them along to La Câtel Fort to make natural Christmas decorations beside the fire. If the weather is fine, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside when you’ve finished crafting. Meeting Point: La Câtel Fort. Please park in one of the public car parks at Grève de Lecq and walk up the hill past Grève de Lecq Barracks. This is a long, steep hill so may not be suitable for buggies or reluctant walkers! Time: 11am-1pm (drop-in during this time) Price: Free for Members; £5 NonMembers (accompanying adults free of charge). Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 4-11.

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Saturday 11 January

WASSAILING AT THE ELMS

Wassailing is said to awaken the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest! Come along to The Elms., bring ‘noise makers’, join in the procession, watch the trees being ‘toasted;’ and enjoy the singing and dancing with the Helier Morris Men. Meeting Point: The Elms Time: 2pm – 4pm Price: Free but donations welcome.

Wednesday 29 January

ELEGANCE AND DECADENCE IN THE REGENCY ERA

The Regency period lasted a mere nine years, from February 1811 when Prince George became Regent in place of his ‘insane’ father, George III, until 29th January 1820 when he ascended to the throne as George IV. And yet this short period in history was a fascinating era for all sorts of reasons: Jane Austen anonymously published her first novel in 1811… Lord Byron embarked on a wellpublicised affair with a married woman that shook the public in 1812… and George Stephenson invented the steam train in 1814. Join us on the anniversary of King George IV’s accession to the throne for a talk on the Regency period and indulge in a glass of wine and some typical Regency treats afterwards. Meeting Point: 16 New Street Time: 6.30pm–7.45pm Price: £10 Members; £15 Non-Members to include a talk and refreshments.

february march Thursday 20th February

OWL PELLET INVESTIGATION

Come along to the Wetland Centre during half term to investigate owl pellets! Learn about how and why owls produce them and what we can learn from dissecting them. Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre, St Ouen Time: 1pm – 3pm. Price: Free Members; £10 Non-Members (accompanying adults free of charge). Booking essential. Suitable for children aged 4-11.

Thursday 26 March Farm Tour

CLASSIC HERD

The second in the series of farm and producer tours, members are invited to join Julia and Darren Quenault from Classic Herd in the courtyard at Manor Farm – to have a tour of the farm and to view the automated milking process. Members can enjoy meeting some of the farm animals and taking afternoon tea in the Classic Farm Tea Room. Meeting Point: The courtyard at Classic herd, Manor Farm, St Peter Time: 3pm – 4.30pm Price: £12 to include scone with butter, homemade jam and cream, and a pot of breakfast tea, or an Americano coffee and a slice of cake.

Book tickets online for all our events by visiting www.nationaltrust.je/events


Heritage SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER The National Trust for Jersey is once again participating in the national ‘Heritage Open Days’ event in the UK (taking place over 2 weekends from 13-22 September 2019) thanks to the support of the Jersey Development Company. Heritage Open Day is England’s largest grass roots heritage festival involving over 40,000 volunteers and 5,000 events. This year the Trust is opening several of its properties including:Number 6 the ‘Foot’ Buildings in Pitt Street Grève de Lecq Barracks – now the headquarters of ArtHouse Jersey Bellozanne Abbey Le Rât Cottage Morel Farm The Elms main house and outbuildings Le Moulin de Quétivel and:WWII bunkers in St Ouen’s Bay

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DISCOVER | JERSEY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Jersey Development Company is delighted to be supporting the National Trust for Jersey as its sponsor for the Heritage Open Day - allowing islanders and visitors to access Trust properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entrance fee.

About JDC Jersey Development Company (JDC) is the Government of Jersey’s property development arm. We are responsible for completing the development of the St Helier Waterfront and regenerating Government owned property no longer required for the delivery of public services. JDC is investing in the Island’s future with a mission to be the Government of Jersey’s trusted partner for regeneration and strategic property development in order to deliver a financial, social and environmental contribution to Jersey and its people. Our investments are creating jobs, housing and infrastructure to support Jersey’s economy. JDC delivers new homes for local residents and new Grade A office space for the Island’s premier financial services industry.

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By investing in direct developments, returns to taxpayers are significantly enhanced and there is greater control over the design and quality of our built products. Profits from JDC’s development activities are either:

• Paid as a cash dividend to the Government of Jersey; • Invested in new public infrastructure projects; or • Re-invested into further development projects (to increase future returns).

We are committed to delivering a high quality and well-designed mixed-use Waterfront that positively adds to St Helier’s built environment and delivers accommodation that meets the requirements of the Island.

IFC Jersey Financial Services is the Island’s primary industry employing more than 13,000 people and directly contributing 40% of the Island’s GVA. It is vitally important that the island has the right infrastructure to support and grow the industry and this extends to the provision of modern and environmentally efficient office space. JDC is delivering a flagship business district that is providing the highest quality office buildings in Jersey with column free floor plates offering occupiers flexibility on their fit-outs. The buildings also offer all-round excellent levels of natural light which has been scientifically proven to improve staff well-being and productivity.

IFC 5 and Trenton Square

IFC 1 and IFC 5 have been built to a high-quality with a design and specification on par with the world’s leading finance centres. JDC always attempts to ensure the quality of the design and the end product both in terms of the buildings and the public realm will enhance the built environment of St Helier and stand the test of time. The first building - IFC 1 - was completed in 2017, fully let and sold in 2018 for £43.7m (reflecting a yield on rental income of 5.94%). This sale crystallised an open market land value of £3.9m and generated a profit of £7m. The second building - IFC 5 - was completed in 2018 and is currently 90% let with a further 5% in legal hands. IFC 5 was recently sold for £47.6m (reflecting a yield on rental income of 5.75%). This sale crystallised an open market land value of £4.25m and generated a profit of £6.35m. The net returns from IFC 1 and IFC 5 of £10.9m and £10.6m respectively will be used to fund public infrastructure and/or the acquisition of further development sites (that in turn will generate enhanced returns to benefit the people of Jersey). The inclusion of open public spaces is an integral part of the design aspect at IFC, improving connectivity between the town and the waterfront; widened pavements with newly planted trees along Castle Street and the Esplanade as well as the completion of Trenton Square. The square is approximately the size of Liberation Square and will be expanded further when IFC 6 and IFC 2 are completed. The demand from tenants wanting new high-quality office accommodation continues and JDC anticipates commencing construction of IFC 6, the third building in Q1 2020, as well as submitting a planning application for IFC 2, the fourth building in the IFC, towards the end of the year.


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College Gardens - Nightingale House

Residential The delivery of much-needed residential accommodation in existing urban areas is a key objective to the Island Plan. It’s imperative that we assist in providing more residential homes to islanders. On its residential developments, JDC is keen to assist local first-time buyers and instead of requiring the 10% pre-sale deposit to be paid upfront, JDC has put in place a phased payment plan for the 10% deposit over the period of the build. This has been a successful scheme and to date this arrangement has been welcomed by 125 first-time buyers.

Horizon Horizon is a 280 apartment residential scheme located on the last marina facing plot between Castle Quay and the Radisson Hotel. The new neighbourhood will also provide shops and restaurants on the ground floor. The scheme will add more vibrancy to the area, and through the introduction of two new pedestrian streets, will improve the connectivity to the promenades around the Elizabeth marina.

Pre-sales commenced in November 2017 and to date 210 apartments have been sold off-plan. Construction commenced in August 2018 and Horizon will be completed in three phases, phase one in Autumn 2021 and the final phase by Summer 2022. A dedicated marketing suite is situated adjacent to the site and appointments can be made via the website: horizon.je or call 721097.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, one of the largest and most influential architecture firms in the world, Horizon will provide a new standard of waterside living, reflecting the waterfront as a distinctive, thriving community and promoting an active and social lifestyle. JDC has entered into a joint venture with Groupe Legendre to deliver the project.

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College Gardens The former Jersey College for Girls building has been transformed into a modern and highly desirable residential community. JDC was honoured to have been entrusted with the regeneration of the former college at La Pouquelaye, the landmark building has now been restored to its former glory and helped regenerate that part of St. Helier. The development provides 187 residential apartments, a mix of one, two, three and four bedrooms. All of the apartments were pre-sold off plan to local residents and the development was completed in phases with the final completion in May 2019. Of the 187 apartments, 80 were Category A (Affordable) homes. Out of the 80 Affordable homes, 40 were social rented units and sold to the Jersey Homes Trust and 40 were shared equity units sold to eligible first-time buyers who had qualified through the Island’s Housing Gateway. These units were sold at a discount with prices ranging from £155,000 to £199,000 enabling 40 local individuals / couples - who were otherwise priced out of the housing market the opportunity to buy their own homes. The building has significant cultural, social and historical importance and an essential element of this project included building a partnership with the Jersey College for Girls and the JCG Foundation. The benefits and major cultural outcomes from this partnership have been the repatriation of the 1930’s oak panelled library and actively involving current JCG students in the research and design of the public art sculpture which now sits within the grounds at College Gardens. These elements have been funded by JDC out of its percentage for art contribution for the scheme. As well as making a significant contribution to affordable housing, the development generated a profit of £5million that will be repatriated via a dividend to the Government of Jersey.

Clockwise from top left: Les Jardins de la Mer, Super League Triathlon, Marina Gardens, Marathon Fun Run

Community Engagement The public realm and landscaping around St Helier’s Waterfront is one of real successes of this part of town. JDC funded the delivery of extensive new public realm and continues to be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of these areas, which include: Les Jardins de la Mer, Marina Gardens (on top of the Waterfront car park), Weighbridge Square and Trenton Square. The quality and extent of these open public areas provides an excellent arena for various events and the Company is keen and supportive to see the Waterfront areas used for a variety of public and charitable events. There is now an annual schedule of events that takes place on these Waterfront areas. The Company actively encourages the Waterfront Estate to be used for community events. The public spaces we have created around the Waterfront, help to build a stronger and more vibrant town, which also promotes an outdoor active lifestyle, for islanders and visitors to benefit and enjoy. We are delighted to see the successful commencement of the Waterfront Junior Park Run at the Waterfront every Sunday at 9am. This area provides a safe environment for children aged between 4 and 14 to enjoy getting active in scenic surroundings. The 2K run is a great training platform for the Jersey Standard Chartered Marathon 3K Fun Run which the Company is sponsoring for anyone over the age of nine years. The Marathon is taking place on Sunday 6 October. JDC also assists with facilitating the annual Super League Triathlon and sponsors The Jersey Motoring Festival, both events encourage community engagement as well as attracting visitors to our beautiful island.

The Future Public Art sculpture at College Gardens

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JDC will be focusing on the planning and delivery of further residential developments on its current Waterfront sites as well as regenerating any surplus Government-owned sites. The Company is also targeting the delivery of further office buildings at the IFC to support the Island’s financial services and digital industries. JDC is keen to support and assist the Government of Jersey in its regeneration and strategic property development. We are ultimately here to deliver a financial, social and environmental contribution to Jersey and its people.


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Whether you are looking to step onto the property ladder, downsize in style with the freedom of a lock up and leave or secure an investment to enjoy in the future, Horizon offers something for everyone. Discover convenient living with an array of restaurants and cafés on your doorstep, all within easy reach of town. Deposit payment plans are available to First Time Buyers*, allowing you to reserve your apartment today

with an initial £2,000 reservation fee - the balance of the 10% deposit can be paid in monthly instalments over the build programme, enabling you to secure your home while renting or still living at home. One-bedroom apartments at Horizon start from £295,000 and two-bedroom apartments including parking start from £435,000**. To book your dedicated appointment, visit horizon.je or call the sales team at the Horizon Marketing Suite, located right next to the Radisson Hotel car park at the Waterfront.

Horizon estimated completions: East - Autumn 2021 | South - Early Spring 2022 | West - Spring 2022 *Subject to approval ** If not required, parking can be removed and the price reduced accordingly

Horizon Marketing Suite | Open Monday - Saturday | 01534 721097 | info@horizon.je

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