Bluebells and history at Coldrenick Open Garden

The garden at historic Coldrenick House in Menheniot opens for Cornwall Wildlife Trust on Sunday 7th May and the highlights will undoubtedly be the bluebell woodland, magnolias and other spring flowering delights.
Bluebells and history at Coldrenick Open Garden

Photo by Rowena Millar

Event details:
• Full title of event: Open Garden – Coldrenick House
• Date and time of event: Sunday 7th May 2.00pm to 5.00pm
• Where to meet: Coldrenick House, Menheniot, Liskeard, PL14 3RQ.
• Cost of event: adults £5 under 16s free

 As one of Cornwall’s premier estates, Coldrenick has a long history and dates back over 300 years although the garden has changed as new generations have taken it on since it was bought by Sir John Trelawny in 1591. Today the garden mixes lawns, beds and shrubs with some ornamental trees. Magnolias, camellias and bamboos all do well, and the wooded area is filled with bluebells.

As well as the gardens there is an organic dairy farm which extends from Doddycross to the A39.

The original medieval house at Coldrenick was replaced by a Georgian building, which was then demolished in 1966, and the present house was originally a racing stables. Today, there are the remains of the Georgian Mansion House, a Victorian Coach House and the Bake House from the original medieval building.

Bluebells and history at Coldrenick Open Garden

Photo by Chris Betty

Chris Betty, Communications Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, says,

“This estate has such an interesting history and the garden is stunning, making this a rare treat for gardeners and local historians alike. It all makes for a fascinating Sunday afternoon out, plus the knowledge that visitors are helping the Trust in its conservation work. Take a walk around, enjoy some exploring and then enjoy a cream tea!”

This will be the sixth year the Trust has run their Open Gardens fundraising scheme which has grown year on year and provides much needed funds to protect the wildlife and wild places of Cornwall. The event now has an overall sponsor with Cornwall tourism company

Admission is £5 per adult, with under 16s free. Pasties, cream teas, and beverages will be provided by Crantock Bakery, Roddas and Cornish Coffee and these will be served indoors and outdoors weather dependent. There is good disabled access all-round the gardens. Dogs are allowed on leads. 

Other gardens opening for the Trust this year are: May 14th Restineas Cottage, Garker, St. Austell, June 18th Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, July 2nd Meadowside, Trevarth, Redruth, July 23rd Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine near Falmouth, August 20th Bolts Quarry Farm, at St. Breward near Bodmin, September 3rd Mazey Cottage, Tangies, Helston, and September 10th Tanglewood Wild Garden, Newbridge, Penzance

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