Local Landscape Character Assessment
Madron is a large rural parish on the Penwith peninsula north of Penzance, bounded by the parishes of Sancreed and St Just to the west, by Zennor and Morvah to the north, by the sea and the parish of Paul in the south and by the parishes of Ludgvan and Penzance to the east. Madron village is centred on an elevated site approximately two miles (3 km) northwest of Penzance town centre. The main villages and hamlets are Tredinnick, Lower Ninnes, New Mill, Newbridge and Tregavarah. The population was 1,591 at the 2011 census, with 1,195 electors and 689 dwellings. The parish is divided into two electoral wards, Madron to the west and Gulval to the East. The parish church is in Madron village and is dedicated to St Maddern. For the purposes of local government Madron elects its own parish council. The parish contains two primary schools, St Maddern’s Church of England School in Madron village and Trythall School in New Mill. The parish facilities include a playing field and sports pavilion, allotments, and a public house. There are no shops or a post office.
Cornwall Council has conducted a county wide landscape character assessment that can be accessed on the Cornwall Council website. Madron is within the area CA03 Penwith Central Hills and can be found at: https://map.cornwall.gov.uk/reports_landscape_chr/areaCA03.pdf. The key features being:
“The core of an exposed, windswept granite peninsula rising to a chain of gently rounded hills with prominent rocky outcrops. Rugged boulder-strewn moorland of Lowland Heathland, bracken and scrub on the upland areas. Open landscape with few trees except ilinear broadleaved woodland in small river valleys, shallow depressions and around farmsteads. Prominent rocky outcrops.”
Approximately 80% of the parish rural landscape lies within the West Penwith Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The southern part of the parish lies within the former West Penwith District Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). The parish contains seven County Wildlife Sites, areas of Ancient Woodland, and 166 Historic England listed sites, buildings or scheduled monuments.
Cornwall Council’s LLCA Volunteer Information is provided in the following document:
Volunteer Information Local Landscape Character Assessment Guidance (LLCA)