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.”
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.