Thousands visit Trust’s Open Gardens this summer

Summer comes to an end and so too does Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens for 2019. And what a year it has been.

With 12 gardens opening in aid of the Trust the scheme has raised close to a fantastic £18,000 towards their vital work protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places, and that despite some of the Sunday events taking place in torrential rain and Cornish mizzle!

The gardens which were the most popular were some of the Trust’s regular supporters, Pedn Billy on the Helford, Burncoose at Gwennap and Trenarth at High Cross. In total, over three thousand people attended the Open Gardens this spring and summer and enjoyed the varied layouts, cakes, and cream teas! For the first time, there were plant stalls at every garden, a particularly popular attraction at 2 Trenance Cottages in St. Newlyn East.

Isabella Hawkes, Community Fundraising Officer says,

“We could not have raised this amazing amount of money without the support of all the gardens and the army of volunteers who every year sees that the Open Gardens run smoothly.  Cornwall Wildlife Trust is so grateful to these people but also to all the visitors who chose to spend their Sundays with us, thank you.”

The Trust is already taking bookings for Open Gardens in 2020. They begin on April 5th at Pedn Billy. Anyone wishing to open their garden for the Trust should contact Isabella Hawkes at Isabella.hawkes@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk (01872) 302284

Gardens which opened this year were Coldrenick, Pedn Billy, 2 Trenance Cottages, Burncoose, Little Park Farm, Boswiddle, Lethytep, Cornish Cutting Garden, Arundell, Millpool, Trenarth, and South Bosent.