Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. Our 2016 Open Gardens season raised a record-breaking £12,400 for our work protecting Cornwall's wildlife and wild places. With brand new gardens joining established favourites in 2017 the coming year promises to provide some great days out around Cornwall...
All the gardens opening for the Trust, be they large or small, are loved by their owners who want to share their enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. We look forward to meeting you at one of these fabulous gardens during our 7th year of running this very popular fundraising scheme.
Entrance to all gardens is £5 unless otherwise stated below.
Dogs are welcome to many of the gardens (please check details below) but please take dog poo home with you!
Inspired to open your own garden or become a volunteer at one of our events? Please contact us on (01872) 302235 or by email, we would love to hear from you.
Cornwall is a county made for springtime. While other parts of the country are still feeling the shivers of winter, Cornwall is at its colourful best, with daffodils, primroses and bluebells in full bloom, under splendid camellias and magnolias.
Trewornan Manor, Wadebridge
Sunday 2nd April 2pm – 5pm
Trewornan Manor occupies a private setting close to the Camel Estuary. Dating back to the 13th century, the house sits in 25 acres, with over 8 acres of mature gardens, historic water meadows along the River Amble and extensive farm land. Trewornan Manor is believed to be the oldest house in the parish and was originally one of the key residences in North Cornwall. This first garden of the season will feature a special guided bird walk event of the Trust's Chapel Amble Nature Reserve led by Adrian Langdon, Chair of the CWT Photographic Group. Wellies essential for the guided walks and bring your own binoculars! For further information and photos of this grand opening to our season please visit www.trewornanmanor.co.uk . Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Address: Trewornan Manor, Trewornan Bridge, St. Minver, Wadebridge, PL27 6EX.
Directions: As you approach from Wadebridge, along the B3314 main Wadebridge to Rock road you will come to a small humpback bridge with traffic lights on. Once you have crossed the bridge, the Manor driveway is immediately on the right hand side through some granite pillared gate posts.
Pedn Billy, Helford Passage
Sunday 9th April 2pm - 5pm
This stunning garden boasts wild flower areas, beautiful specimen trees and terraced borders. Pedn Billy is ablaze with azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and flowering bulbs. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and Helford River to its own private beach. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. In the past this has been one of the Trust’s most popular gardens, a visit to its splendid location explains why. Please note some parts of this garden may be unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties.
Address: Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Cornwall, TR11 5LF
Directions: From the A39 Falmouth or A394 Helston roads head towards Mabe and Burnthouse and then on through Mawnan Smith and past Glendurgan and Trebah Garden. 0.1 miles from the Trebah entrance on the left the road goes round to the right to Port Navas and Constantine. Do not continue to the right. Go straightish off the main road towards the Ferry Boat Inn. Take the first road to the right, Bar Road, before you go down the steep hill to The Ferry Boat. At the end of Bar Road you will see Pedn Billy on the granite gate.
Coldrenick House, Menheniot, St. Germans
Sunday 7th May 2pm - 5pm.
The garden at Coldrenick mixes lawns, beds and shrubs with some ornamental trees. Magnolias, camellias and bamboos all do well and a beautiful wooded area is great to walk around. The bluebells should still be stunning at this time of the year. Enjoy some exploration followed by a cream tea! Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Address: Coldrenick House, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3RQ
Directions: From Plymouth direction on the A38 towards Liskeard. 25 yards after the Trerulefoot roundabout turn right signposted Menheniot and Bethany. Follow the main lane through Bethany, around various bends, up a hill and down the other side. As you head up another hill (now about 2½ miles from the Trerulefoot roundabout look for a large set of granite gateposts on the left hand side and a white cottage. If you reach a hamlet called Doddycross you have gone 150 yards too far! Turn in through the gateway and follow a farm road, keeping left all the way and ignoring turnings to the right. Cross a cattle grid (very slowly) and go slowly around a corner (speed bumps). Coldrenick is the big house.
Restineas Cottage, St. Austell
Sunday 14th May 2pm – 5pm
This beautiful two and a half acre garden surrounds what was once a farm labourer's cottage with origins dating back to the 1880s2. Located right next to the Eden Project, the garden is surrounded by trees, a paddock area where geese roam and a vegetable garden with polytunnel that houses magnificent vine and various vegetables/fruit. A stream runs through part of the garden and there is a short but enchanting walk through a wooded area – known as 'the fairy walk'.
Address: Restineas Cottage, Garker, St. Austell, PL26 8YA.
Directions: Follow the sat nav to the postcode you will be close! Between Trethurgy and Tregrehan Mills there is a right angle bend in the road and a roof truss factory next to a post box on a pillar. Go up the bridleway (on the same side and next to the factory) and we are directly behind it up the first drive on the left and through the five bar gate.
As springtime passes into summer there is still an explosion of colour in Cornish gardens, with flowers such as roses, fuchsias, dahlias and daisies coming into their own. Throughout the season there are palms, ferns, bamboos, and many of the gardens have the sea as their backdrop, or rivers and streams running through their land.
Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath
Sunday 18th 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 here for the keenest naturalist and wildlife gardener. Sorry no dogs at this garden due to wildlife.
Address: Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG
Directions: Turn off the A390 Liskeard to Lostwithiel road at East Taphouse and follow the B3359 towards Pelynt, Looe and Polperro. After 3.3 miles take right turn marked Panadlake.
Meadowside, Trevarth, near Redruth
Sunday 2nd July 2pm - 5pm
A 6 acre smallholding with a large vegetable garden, wildflower meadow with many southern marsh orchids, 2 large productive poly tunnels, an orchard, fruit cage, walled garden with herbaceous and shrub boarders planted to attract pollinators, south facing gravel garden again planted to attract pollinators. Sheep, pigs, hens, turkeys and bee hives. The garden / smallholding is managed with wildlife in mind and attracts a large variety of birds and insects, Hedgehogs are also often seen along with many rabbits and the odd fox. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Address: Meadowside, Trevarth, Redruth TR16 6AE
Directions: From Lanner turn left ( from Redruth direction) right (from Falmouth direction)at the Coppice Inn follow the road to Trevarth and take the second right.Follow along lane for approx 100 metres on left is entrance to car park.
From Carharrack turn right signed to Lanner. Follow the road to Trevarth about 1/2 mile turn left at the crossroads ( next to bamboo hedge) Follow along lane for approx 100 metres on left is entrance to car park.
Trenarth, Constantine, near Falmouth
Sunday 23rd July 2pm – 5pm.
This beautiful four acre garden is set around a 17th century farmhouse in a lovely pastoral setting. There is year-round interest with the emphasis on unusual plants, structure and form. An ancient green lane circular walk through woods offers wildlife interest including a pond with a tree fern grove! Trenarth has a resident colony of bats so as well as being able to visit the gardens, visitors can learn more about this amazing species from Cornwall Bat Group, one of the Trust's affiliated specialist groups. This garden also has specialist events for children including pond dipping and wildlife art. Refreshments available, plant sales, dogs welcome on a lead, not suitable for disabled access due to sloping garden. And don’t miss the toilet in the phone box!
Address: Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine, TR11 5JN
Directions: From Falmouth follow signs for Constantine. At High Cross Garage (1.5 miles before Constantine) turn left signed Mawnan then right after 30 yards into no through lane. Garden at end of lane.
Bolts Quarry Farm, St. Breward, Bodmin
Sunday 20th August 2pm - 5pm
When the owners moved to Bolts Quarry Farm 19 years ago there was very little garden. Since then the gardens have evolved and there is now a Pond and Bog Garden, Quarry Garden and Wildlife Area, a Shrub area under planted with Pheasant Eye daffodils, a two acre, granite strewn, hillside broadleaf plantation which is ablaze with bluebells in the spring, a circular walk and granite spoil heap, a Mowhay 'Rock' Garden planted with flowers and shrubs and a 'Front Garden' with perennial planted borders. Dogs on leads are allowed.
Address: Bolts Quarry Farm, Penvorder Lane, St. Breward, Bodmin. PL30 4NY
From Launceston on A30 dual carriageway
Turn off A30 at Kennards House roundabout on to Camelford road A39. Progress through Camelford town and pass BP Garage on your left. Shortly after this take left turn signposted Bodmin B3266 and drive for approx 5 miles to left turn signposted St Breward, Blisland, and the Camel Trail. (note - ignore previous 2 St.Breward signposts). Drive short distance to cross roads and take left turn to St Breward. Drive down over Wenford Bridge, up hill towards village and take a right turn at triangle of grass to Penvorder Lane (Hantergantick Quarry sign displayed). Bolts Quarry Farm is last property on left after hamlet of Penvorder.
From Wadebridge bypass roundabout
Take Camelford road A39 from roundabout and proceed for about 2 miles until a right hand turn signposted St Mabyn (opposite left turn to St Kew Golf Club). Drive through St Mabyn to cross roads at main B3266 junction and take a left. Drive for approx. another mile and then take a right turn to St Breward (signposted 3 miles). Take this road, driving over Wenford Bridge and up hill towards village. At triangle of grass, take right turn into Penvorder Lane (Hantergantick Quarry sign displayed). Bolts Quarry Farm is last property on left after hamlet of Penvorder.
Drive through Bodmin town to St Lawrence Clock Tower, take right fork A389 (from first mini roundabout) on to Wadebridge road. Drive approx. 2 miles to hamlet of Washaway at top of hill and take B3266 signposted Camelford. Drive for approx. 4 mile and spot right hand turning signposted St Breward 3 miles.
Take this road, driving over Wenford Bridge and up hill towards village. At triangle of grass, take right turn into Penvorder Lane (Hantergantick Quarry sign displayed). Bolts Quarry Farm is last property on left after hamlet of Penvorder.
Carnminowe Valley Garden, Helston
Sunday 3rd September 2pm – 5pm
This abundant wildlife garden nestles on the side of Carminowe Valley in deep oak woodland. Marion & Peter Stanley have created a diverse garden out of a mown arboretum since 2007. The garden is abuzz with butterflies and insects. Signs of otters have been seen in the stream which runs through the garden, which features a wild flower meadow, mown pathways, shrubberies, an orchard, nectar beds, cutting garden. The double rose beds have an amazing second flush of blooms in early September and a kitchen garden. A natural woodland walk can be followed through hazel, holly, oak and ash trees and a large pond, fern hollow and rhododendron walk lead through the wooded area opening onto the rest of the cultivated garden. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Address: Carminowe, Mazey Cottage, Tangies, Helston, TR12 7PU.
Directions: From Helston at the roundabout signed "right to Penzance" continue straight on. Take the A3083 Lizard road for 1.1 miles. Turn right, immediately behind central bollards just before the bridge which spans the main road. Do not go under the bridge, if you do this means you have missed the turning. Follow this lane for just under a mile and we are located on the right-hand side at the bottom of the steep hill.
Tanglewood Wild Garden, Newbridge
Sunday 10th September 11am – 4pm
A wonderful back to nature wild garden with winding uneven paths through the woodland, deep water ponds, unique sculptures, and natural surroundings. Plenty of room for children to play and an enchanting setting for wild family adventures! A campfire will be used for hot drinks andf there will of course be cake! For more information and pictures of this wonderful garden please visit www.tanglewoodmaycontainnuts.co.uk . Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Address: Tanglewood Wild Garden, Newbridge, Penzance, TR20 8PL.
Directions: Take the A3071 from Penzance to St. Just. Go through Newbridge and take the left turn to Sancreed. The wood in 500 yards on your left.