This stunning 52 acre garden at Penadlake is a haven designed specifically to attract wildlife and is opening in support of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens scheme on Sunday from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Admission to the garden is £5 per adult, with under 16s free. Pasties, cream teas, and beverages will be provided by Crantocks Bakery, Roddas and Cornish Coffee. Sorry, no dogs at this garden due to wildlife.
Wild flower meadows descend to three large ponds full of aquatic plants, birds and insects. A meandering path leads along a grass meadow, down through the woods then out onto a wetland area full of wildflowers, orchids, dragonflies and butterflies. Gardeners will enjoy this one just as much as the wildlife does.
The wildlife areas came about when after keeping cattle and sheep for nearly 50 years owners Philip and Faith Hambly saw the effect of modern farming methods, and how the prolific use of artificial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides took a terrible toll on wildlife. That experience kindled their interest in more sustainable ways of behaving as stewards of the countryside and managed wildlife habitats was their response.