With many of the area’s historic signs having seen better days, Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council local Member for the Roseland, enrolled the assistance of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team and Cormac Solutions Ltd, to help restore the signs with help from Roseland residents.
Funding for the project came from Cllr German’s Cornwall Council local Member highway improvement budget and the Cornwall AONB team’s Defra budget. Contributions were also received from Gerrans, St Just in Roseland and Veryan parish councils, as well as King Harry Ferry and Portscatho Regatta Committee. Ruanlanihorne Parish Council also supported the project.
Councillor Julian German said, “There has been really positive feedback from residents of the Roseland about this project. The historic highway signage has more character and is much more sympathetic than the modern version. I am delighted to have instigated this project and hope that other areas in Cornwall will give serious consideration to refurbishing their historic highway signage.”
The unique landscape of the Roseland is defined by many features – open fields, Cornish hedges, narrow lanes, pretty villages and small woodland areas. Man-made items merge with the natural environment to form the area – a much-loved part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Nigel Sumpter from the Cornwall AONB team added, “With some [signs] dating from the 1930s, these are iconic features loved by residents and visitors alike. Many different people and organisations have been involved in this important work which enhances the value of the Roseland landscape.”
It is hoped the project will assist the Cornwall AONB Unit in the conservation and enhancement of similar historic signs around Cornwall. For more information on the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visit www.cornwall-aonb.gov.uk