Location: Trevanney Wood, Luxulyan,Cornwall, UK [MAP]
Project Type: Rural
Completion Date: Unknown
Access: A short drive or cycle ride from St Austell or Par Train Station to Acorn Camping site.
There is no name for this two meter wide lane on Google maps but if you search Trevanney Wood, Cornwall, a light gray line which crosses the Trevanney Wood is the green wall walk. This is Cornwall’s unique heritage of hedges1 and is absolutely breathtaking.
Compared with other Cornish hedges, the extraordinary character of this walk comes from its unique green atmosphere. The height of the wall from the road is about three and half meters and the width of the lane is just slightly wider than two metres. The various plants provide such a rich structure, texture and color which keeps you enthralled.
Time adds beauty to the green wall and if nature is not the initial designer then it must be the great landscape manager. As human beings we try our best to represent naturalism in some design cases, however the original and pure natural work is the original and best example. The cornish hedge is built by dry stone and filling in the top with a suitable growing substrate. The plants grow from the wall in various directions which shape the wall’s edge in a soft curved line. It drives you closer to the green wall physically and much more psychologically when you stand in the middle of the lane.
Thinking of the green wall walk now, I miss so much the buzz of the bees, the breeze of the wind, the fresh smell of the soil in the air and the light through the bluebells.
© The Secret Garden Atlas, 2013