Popular Helford garden opens for Wildlife

Over the years Pedn Billy on the Helford Passage has been one of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s most visited gardens as part of their annual Open Gardens scheme, and with its beautiful location coupled with amazing views of the river its popularity is understandable.

Event details:
Full title of event: Open Garden – Pedn Billy, Helford
• Date and time of event: Sunday 28 April 2.00pm to 5.00pm
• Where to meet: Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, TR11 5LF.
• Cost of event: adults £5 under 16s free

Pedn Billy opens in spring with all that means to Cornwall, and this has been a brilliant year for primroses, and although they and the daffodils may be coming to an end, there are still the bluebells, camellias, and other treats to enjoy flowering well before the rest of the country.

And this year all the gardens opening for the Trust will have plant stalls so visitors can take away a little bit of what they see!

The garden in Bar Road, Helford Passage, will be open on Sunday April 28 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Admission is £5 per adult, with under 16s free. Refreshments will be taken on the terrace, and cream teas and beverages will be provided by Roddas, Berryman’s and Cornish Coffee. Dogs are allowed on leads.

This is one of the county’s most beautiful and unique gardens, with wild flower areas, beautiful specimen trees, and terraced borders. Half of the twelve acres are ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and the Helford River to a private beach, which is one of its main attractions.

Gardens, swimming pool and the river at Pedn Billy

Isabella Hawkes, Community Fundraising Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, says,

“Hundreds of people have visited Pedn Billy in the past and it really is one not to be missed. It is a stunning and unique garden and even has its own private beach! Funds raised by gardens such as Pedn Billy are vital for us to continue our conservation work, on land and in our seas”.day afternoon, browsing through some of the most beautiful gardens in Cornwall and at the same time."

Pedn Billy Views

With a common theme of providing a home for Cornish wildlife the gardens opening this year are varied in content and size, but all provide inspirational ideas. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, browsing through some of the most beautiful gardens in Cornwall and at the same time know you are helping the county’s wildlife. Last year a record £21,000 was raised through the Open Gardens event for the Trust’s conservation work.

Other gardens opening for the Trust this year are: May 12th 2 Trenance Cottages, St. Newlyn East; May 19th Burncoose, Gwennap, Redruth; June 2nd Little Park Farm, St. Clements, Malpas; June 9th Boswiddle, Ladock; June 23rd Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath; July 7th Cornish Cutting Garden, Lower Releath; July 14th Arundell, West Pentire; July 28th Millpool, Cardinham, Bodmin; August 4th Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine; September 1st South Bosent, Dobwalls, Liskeard.

To reach Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Cornwall, TR11 5LF 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.

More details can be found at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens