Summer opening for Trenarth
• Full title of event: Open Gardens event
• Date and time of event: Sunday, July 23rd 2.00pm to 5.00pm
• Where to meet: Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine, Falmouth. TR11 5JN
• Cost of event: £5 under-16s free
Trenarth garden at High Cross near Constantine are opening their gates in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust as part of their Open Gardens scheme. Last year it was a spring opening for the garden, this year they move to a summer date in July giving visitors a whole new perspective on the beauty there.
As a garden which encourages wildlife, Trenarth has strong connections with the Trust. It is just one of many throughout the county where special fundraising days to raise funds have been held for the Trust, which are vital for Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity in protecting the county’s wildlife and wild places.
Trenarth is open on Sunday, July 23rd from 2pm to 5pm. Entrance is £5 for adults under-16s free. Pasties, cream teas, and beverages will be provided by Crantock Bakery, Roddas and Cornish Coffee in the charming Garden Room. The event has an overall sponsor with Cornwall tourism company Stayincornwall.co.uk
The four-acre garden at Trenarth is set around a beautiful 17th-century farmhouse in a lovely pastoral setting, with a 16th-century courtyard, listed garden walls, gravel and palm area. Year round interest comes from unusual plants; a courtyard listed garden, yew rooms, a vegetable garden, an orchard and a new woodland area and gravel garden with some amazing panoramic views.
Visitors can take a walk down an ancient green lane to the old animal pond, and on through bluebell woods to Trenarth Bridge, and then back up along a different woodland footpath.
In fact, there is all sorts to see in this splendid garden, with its diverse variety of plants and planting. And if you need a loo on your way, there is one in an original red telephone box – worth a trip to see in itself!
Dogs are permitted on leads. Sadly the garden is not good for wheelchairs.
The wildlife is of major important interest at Trenarth, and the garden is home to a resident bat colony. A maternity roost of lesser horseshoe bats on the site has in the past been featured on BBC television.
Chris Betty, Communications Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“We love going to Trenarth and look forward to seeing it in the summertime. The estate has a real sense of history about it, as well as being home to lots of wildlife.”
More details of the Trenarth event and all the other gardens opening this year can be found at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens
Other gardens opening for the Trust this year are: August 20th Bolts Quarry Farm, at St. Breward near Bodmin, September 3rd Mazey Cottage, Tangies, Helston, and September 10th Tanglewood Wild Garden, Newbridge, Penzance.