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Fire engine blocked by parked cars at Cornish beauty spot

Fire engine blocked by parked cars at Cornish beauty spot

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:39am 8th July 2020. (Updated at 10:49am 8th July 2020)

Photo: Historical image from local resident for illustration only

A warning has gone out after a fire engine got blocked by parked cars at a popular Cornish beauty spot.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust says Kennall Vale Nature Reserve, which is located between Penryn and Redruth, has had a large number of visitors over the past few weeks.

The traffic and parking issues have been causing concern among local residents and people are being asked to stay away from the area during its busiest times on weekends.

The charity is also urging people who visit the beauty spot to park considerately and to take home any litter.

You can find out more here.

Fire Engine blocked at Kennall Vale

“We encourage everyone to connect and care for Cornwall’s wildlife. Nature is inclusive, it’s here for all to enjoy.  My role is to manage nature on the reserves, but recent volumes of visitors to Kennall Vale has shifted attention to people management rather than wildlife management.  

"This weekend saw more traffic and parking chaos, when a fire engine got blocked by badly parked vehicles, which is a serious problem.  

"There are understandable frustrations coming from the local community which we want to address,  so we are looking to come together with the Parish Councils, Fire Brigade and residents to discuss and find solutions to overcrowding at Kennall Vale.

"In the meantime we would ask visitors to avoid Kennall Vale during its busiest times, Saturdays and Sundays. Be considerate when parking. Enjoy your time in nature, and be mindful of doing that with minimal disturbance to wildlife and the local community.  Leave the reserve as you found it, and please take litter home with you. 

"We need to nurture Cornwall’s wild places.  Nature has been here for us during lockdown, when we needed it most.  So we should return the favour and as we connect with wildlife, protect it at the same time.”

Reserves Manager, Nick Marriott from Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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