15.05.12: Many historic finger-post had fallen into disrepair but a project initiated by local Cornwall Councillor Julian German, and led by the Cornwall AONB team, has restored many of these signs and where necessary replaced them. The Roseland was chosen largely because of the number and range of styles of the signs that survive there.
The replacement signs, made of cast iron, have been produced in a traditional way. A local foundry, Iron Bros near Wadebridge, was identified and a number of the signs have been cast there – using a process little changed for a hundred years.
Cornwall Council local member Julian German said: “I am delighted to have been involved in this restoration project which has received such enthusiastic local support. It shows how much communities on the Roseland value their landscape and, in particular, its historic features.”
The project is being funded by the Cornwall AONB Unit Defra funds and Cllr Julian German’s own member’s budget. Contributions have also been received from King Harry Ferry, Portscatho Regatta Committee and Gerrans and Veryan Parish Councils.
Nigel Sumpter of the Cornwall AONB team, who is running the project, commented: “Many different people and organisations have been involved in this important work. It will help to enhance the value of the Roseland landscape – the very essence of what the AONB Partnership is trying to do all over Cornwall’s protected areas.
On May the 25th and 26th there will be the opportunity for anyone to help complete the painting of the newly-cast signs at a drop-in community event. This will be held at the Cornwall Council highways depot at Grampound Road. See Roseland Online’s Calendar for detials of how you can be involved.