Trenarth spring opening for Trust

Trenarth at High Cross near Constantine has always been a garden to encourage wildlife and their connection with Cornwall Wildlife Trust is now well established. This popular Cornish garden is once again opening their gates in aid of the Trust’s Open Gardens scheme, though this year it has moved to a date in the spring – presenting previous visitors with a whole new view of the estate.
Trenarth spring opening for Trust

Photo by Jeremy Pedersen

Added attractions this year also include pond dipping and wildlife art activities for younger visitors as well as a guest appearance from Cornwall Bat Group who will provide a chance to get up close and learn all about these fascinating nocturnal creatures.

This stunning garden is one of many throughout the county where special fundraising days are being held during 2016 for the Trust, funds which are vital for Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity in protecting the county’s wildlife and wild places.

Trenarth is open on Sunday May 15th from 2pm to 5pm. Entrance is £4 for adults under-16s free. Refreshments will be available in the Garden Room courtesy of event supporters Carntock Bakery and Roddas. Open Gardens is sponsored by Stay In Cornwall.

Trenarth spring opening for Trust

Trenarth has a four acre garden 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 and there will be a plant sale. 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 televison.

Chris Betty, Communications Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,

“We love going to Trenarth and look forward to seeing it at a different time of year. The grounds and the house are so captivating with a stunning variety of plants. The estate has a real sense of history about it, as well as being home to lots of wildlife.”

This is the sixth year running that the Trust has run their highly successful Open Gardens scheme. More details of the Trenarth event and all the other gardens opening this year can be found at

Other gardens opening for the Trust in the year are: May 22nd 2 Trenance Cottages, at St. Newlyn East, June 5th Bolts Quarry Farm, at St. Breward near Bodmin, June 12th Wildflower Cottage, at Rose, near Perranporth, June 26th Lethytep, at Penadlake near Lanreath, July 3rd Trevoole Farm, at Praze-an-Beeble, July 24th Higher Trenedden, at Peakswater, near Pelynt, August 7th The Ranch House, at St. Issey, near Wadebridge, August 21st May Tree Garden, at St. Austell, October 2nd Garten Gardens, at Lower Treculliacks, Constantine, and October 9th Pedn Billy, at Helford Passage.