The gardens all have a common theme of providing a haven for Cornish wildlife and the Open Gardens scheme raises vital funds for the Trust’s conservation work protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. Last year the figure was just short of £13,000.
Chris Betty, Communications Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“Our Open Gardens scheme, now coming into its eighth season has been growing in numbers and reputation every year and we are hoping that this year will be even more successful. The money raised makes a huge difference to our important conservation work and we are just so grateful to all the garden owners who are taking part this year. We believe that the continuing success of the scheme must be due to the diverse range of gardens opening for us across Cornwall and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere at these events – as well as the cake!”
Volunteers take care of all the administrative work leaving the owners free to chat to visitors and inspire them as to how they can use what they see in their own gardens. These are events that all the family can enjoy, even the dog, except where specially excluded due to wildlife. Cream teas, pasties, and drinks are provided by supporters Rodda’s, Crantock Bakery, and Cornish Coffee.
Burncoose House and Garden, Gwennap, Redruth, TR16 6BJ
Sunday 15 April from 11am-4pm
The first garden opening in the scheme is well known for the famous Burncoose Nurseries, winners of over 20 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medals. But now the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been given special access to the whole of this hidden treasure, including the recently refurbished grand Burncoose House and its immediate garden. A magnificent 30-acre woodland garden with rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camellias, will be a blaze of colour at this time of the year.
Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage TR11 5LF
Sunday 22 April from 2pm-5pm
Crowds flock to the Helford, near Mawnan Smith each year for this one, and it is not only the garden which is stunning but also the location. Wild flower areas, beautiful specimen trees and terraced borders, and half of the 12 acres are ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and Helford River to its own private beach. Pedn Billy opens in the spring with all that means for Cornwall, the bluebells, the daffodils and the spring flowers.