Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. Our Open Gardens programme exceeded its previous record-breaking target and raised £21,025.55 in 2018 to help protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. 2019 is set to be full of gardens in bloom around Cornwall, and we hope to see you there!

Open Gardens is kindly supported by Roddas & Cornish Coffee

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 8th 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) 302284 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.

Open Garden Diary for 2019

Coldrenick Sunday April 14th

Pedn Billy Sunday April 28th

This stunning garden boasts wildflower 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.

2 Trenance Cottages Sunday May 12th

Burncoose Sunday May 19th

Burncoose House is a 30 acre magnificent woodland garden with many rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas, and camellias. The garden is tucked away behind the famous Burncoose Nurseries - a winner of over 20 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been given special access to the whole of this hidden treasure. Most of the gardens are open daily for free but on this special occasion, visitors will have access to the whole 30 acres including the recently refurbished grand Burncoose House and its immediate garden. It is thanks to the Williams family who have lived at Burncoose since 1715 that we will have this amazing opportunity to visit the oldest part of the Caer-hays Estate. 

Address: Burncoose House, Gwennap, Redruth, TR16 6BJ
Directions: On the A393 between Lanner and Ponsanooth

Little Park Farm Sunday June 2nd

South facing hillside garden with stunning views over the Malpas Passage and down the river to Kea and beyond. The house faithfully replicates a traditional 18th-century Cornish farmhouse and perfectly complements its setting. Semi-formal gardens sweep around the front and south side where a large conservatory opens onto a spacious stone flagged terrace from where the views can be enjoyed. On the south side below the house is a large natural pond well stocked with fish and native planting. Paths lead from the garden into grassland and wildflower meadows with further views, and mown paths lead the visitor into a shrubbery and on to woodland walks. There is a fragment of 18th-century parkland with a woodland belt and some fine specimen trees.

Address: Little Park Farm, St. Clements, Malpas, Truro TR1 1SX
Directions: From Trafalgar roundabout follow the road to Malpas, past the cricket ground to Sunny Corner where the road is close to the river edge. Turn left into the lane with a sign ‘Little Park’. Property is approximately 500 yards up the hill, first right

Boswiddle Sunday June 9th

A plantsman’s garden in the ‘cottage style’ with several garden ‘rooms’ containing an interesting and varied selection of trees, shrubs and perennials. There is a sunny terrace to the front of the cottage from where the less ambulant can view the garden. There is also a circular walk from the garden taking in meadows, woodland and streamside.
Address: Boswiddle farm, Ladock, TR2 4NU

Lethytep Sunday June 23rd

Arundell Sunday July 14th

Millpool Sunday July 28th

Trenarth Sunday August 4th

South Bosent Sunday September 1st


*All refreshments at our Open Gardens are served using compostable cups and plates