Cornwall Wildlife Trust has announced this year’s gardens taking part in their ever popular annual Open Gardens scheme. There are some new additions, but lots of the old favourites are there.
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Last year a record £21,000 was raised for the Trust’s conservation work, and for residents and visitors alike this is their yearly chance to explore some of Cornwall’s most stunning gardens and take home ideas for their own. And new this year, visitors can actually take away part of what they see, with plant stalls at all the gardens!
With a common theme of providing a home for Cornish wildlife the gardens are varied in content and size, but all provide inspirational ideas. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, browsing through some of the most beautiful gardens in Cornwall and at the same time know you are helping the county’s wildlife. Cream teas are courtesy of Rodda’s, Berryman’s and Cornish Coffee.
As always the Trust has a very personal approach to these events. A band of volunteers takes care of all the administrative work leaving the owners free on the day to chat to visitors. These are events that all the family can enjoy, even the dog, except where specially excluded due to wildlife.
Isabella Hawkes, Community Fundraising Officer, said, “Our incredible volunteer team has put together another full diary of gardens for people to explore this summer all over Cornwall. These gardens welcome wildlife, and all funds raised ensure that Cornwall Wildlife Trust continues to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. We hope to see you there.”
Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath PL13 2PG
Sunday 23 June 11am-4.30pm
This spectacular 52 acre garden is an established favourite and is literally a giant playground for Cornish wildlife with woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds. Lethytep is particularly renowned for butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers. There is plenty to see and do which will amaze even the most established naturalist.
Arundell, West Pentire, Crantock, TR8 5SE
Sunday 14 July 2pm-5pm
This is the garden where no garden should be, set on a headland between two fantastic beaches. But garden there is, with a rockery, shrubbery, cottage garden, herbaceous borders, a stumpery, gravel garden, small pinetum area and spectacular exotic garden. Add to this a pond and a stream. This garden has in the past featured on the Gardeners World television programme.
Millpool, Millpool Grange, Cardinham, Bodmin, PL30 4HZ
Sunday 28 July 2pm-5pm
Drop into the valley of Cardinham and discover delightfully shaded woodland at Millpool. Follow the stream as it runs through the garden, cascading and forming small pools on its course. Blooms of shrubs seamlessly combine the terraced semi-formal garden and woodland. Rich in wildlife, and a welcome habitat for many, Millpool should not be missed.
Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine TR11 5JN
Sunday 4 August 2pm-5pm
The four acre gardens surround the 17th granite farmhouse with its central courtyard, and wonderful, far reaching pastoral views. There are many unusual and tender plants within the listed garden walls, vegetables, orchard, yew "rooms", woodland area and quirky features such as the toilet in a telephone box. The site is a maternity roost of lesser horseshoe bats and the planting encourages birds, butterflies and insects all the year round.
South Bosent, Dobwalls, nr. Liskeard PL14 4LX
Sunday 1 September 2pm-5pm
When the owners bought the old farmhouse and about 9-acres of land six years ago the object was to create a garden to attract wildlife. Already it is visited by a range of birds, insects, butterflies, moths and bats. Four ponds provide homes for newts, toads and frogs as well as mallards and the passing heron. Trees have been planted, including fruit trees, and there are perennial and annual plants, as well as areas of true wilderness.
Entrance to all gardens is £5 per adult with under 16s free. For further details and directions please visit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens or call 01872 273939.