Trees of Padstow……..Music water

Trees have always had a special place in the hearts of the Celtic people, particularly oaks and oak groves, which formed part of their religious activities and philosophy.  Even today, throughout Britain, people still touch wood to ward off misfortune; a relic of the days where guardian spirits were supposed to live in trees.  Touching the tree was both a mark of respect and plea for good fortune.  The Cornish place name “Kelli” or grove, e.g. (Kelly Bray) is still be found throughout the country, even though most of the tree-cover has now disappeared.

Trees… Trees fascinate me but in Cornwall we appear to be treeless.

Until you look around. The Cornish landscape, particularly the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that we know and love, is composed of many things – ancient rocks, high moors and deep valleys, rolling fields, Cornish hedges, buildings, roads and, perhaps above all, trees.

True, we don’t have the dense woodlands of the southeast Weald or the remains of the great forests of the Midlands. But, there are far more trees in our Cornish landscape than you might think – from the stunted hawthorns near the coast, to the wild oaks along the river valleys.

The Trees of Padstow.

 Also along the B3274 there is a turning to Musicwater and St Eval and at that junction is a solitary tree, known locally as the big tree. The surrounding landscape is void of other trees that it looks out of place.


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