Cornish valley garden abuzz with wildlife
• Full title of event: Open Gardens event
• Date and time of event: Sunday, September 3rd 2.00pm to 5.00pm
• Where to meet: Carminowe Valley Garden, Mazey Cottage, Tangies, Helston, TR12 7PU.
• Cost of event: £5 under-16s free
Nestling in deep oak woodland, the Carminowe Valley Garden is an abundant wildlife garden, overlooking the beautiful Carminowe Valley towards Loe Pool, and is the latest to open as part of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens scheme.
The garden is abuzz with butterflies and insects, particularly bumble bees. Many different birds have been seen here and signs of otters have been spotted in the streams. The River Carminowe cuts through the garden adding to its beauty and uniqueness and visitors can experience this for themselves when the garden, at Mazey Cottage, Tangies, near Helston, opens on Sunday 3rd September from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
This flourishing garden was first created by Marion and Peter Stanley from a mown arboretum in 2007, and now combines native oak woodland with a more formal area. A natural woodland walk can be followed through hazel, holly, oak and ash trees and a large pond, fern hollow and a rhododendron walk leads through the wooded area opening onto the rest of the cultivated garden.
A diverse garden, double rose beds which will be in their second flush of blooms at this time of the year; includes a wild flower meadow, mown pathways, shrubberies, an orchard, nectar beds, cutting garden, and a kitchen garden.
Admission is £5 under 16s free. Pasties, cream teas, and beverages will be provided by Crantock Bakery, Roddas and Cornish Coffee. The event has an overall sponsor with Cornwall tourism company Stayincornwall.co.uk. The main part of the garden has disabled access. Dogs are allowed on leads.
Chris Betty, Communications Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“A mix of formal and woodland, plus water features and an abundance of wildlife make this a wonderful Cornish garden which will appeal to all gardeners wherever their particular interest lies.”
More details of the Mazey Cottage event and the final garden to open for the Trust this year, which is on September 10th at Tanglewood Wild Garden, Newbridge, can be found on our Open Gardens page.