Goonhilly Village Green is an exciting new project, supported by Arts Council England and led by artists Sara Bowler and Elizabeth Masterton. On Saturday 26th September 2015 we will host an open event on Goonhilly Downs, celebrating its unique landscape, history and culture.
The place ‘Goonhilly’ is, of course, Goonhilly Downs on the Lizard Peninsula – so where is Goonhilly Village Green? The Drytree menhir, or standing stone, marks the convergence of five parish boundaries, but as though who live locally will know, Goonhilly has no central village. Most of Goonhilly’s residents live around the edge of the Downs, with a shifting, transitory population who come to work or play on Goonhilly.
With the help of Natural England and GES Ltd. we will create a temporary village green on the National Nature Reserve and in Goonhilly Earth Station. Throughout the day there will be art, science, nature, walks, talks, film screenings and things to do. On Friday 25th September, we’re hosting a special day for children from the primary schools of the Keskowethyans Multi-Academy Trust.
Goonhilly is a place of experiments. It has many stories, over many lives: of telecommunications, archaeology, ecology, geology, heritage, social history, agriculture, engineering and astronomy, amongst others. Working with researchers at the University of Exeter’s Environment & Sustainability Institute, we have learnt about current experiments happening on Goonhilly. At the heart of Goonhilly Village Green is the desire to unite this academic knowledge with the lived experience of those who understand Goonhilly in other ways. Our temporary village green will become a common ground for all; to meet, talk, learn and play.
If you have a story about Goonhilly and would like to join in, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for local people, schools, societies and community groups who are interested in becoming part of the community of Goonhilly for one unique day.
A full programme of events will be posted soon on our website. In the meantime you can get in touch: