CORNWALL GARDENS RAISE RECORD FUNDS

PUBLISHED: 12:10 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:16 30 August 2017

Woodland craft activities at Ten Acre Wood, photo by Derek Brain

Woodland craft activities at Ten Acre Wood, photo by Derek Brain

Record success of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's open gardens in 2014 doubles money raised

More than £8,500 has been raised for vital wildlife projects in Cornwall through the Open Garden’s scheme run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, making it the best year ever for the scheme - and nearly doubling last year’s total.

During the year the Trust’s Open Gardens events attracted over 1,500 visitors from all over the county, and gardens opened this year around Falmouth, in Wadebridge, Hayle, Lanreath, Delabole, Truro, Bude, Crantock, and St. Austell. One of the highlights was the opening of Pedn Billy Garden at Helford Passage – the first garden to open and with the highest attendance and individual amount raised of over £1,500 it set the standard for things to come.

This year has seen the largest numbers of visitors to the gardens. We are extremely grateful to all the gardens that have opened for us during the year and the visitors have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of what they have seen

Some gardens have been grand estates, while others have been cottage sized. Some have to contend with salt bearing winds by the coast, whilst others have been created in rock embedded landscapes. However all the gardens opening for the Trust, large and small, are loved by their owners who have wanted to share their enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others.

'We could not have raised this incredible amount of money without our amazing Volunteer Coordinators Belinda Brain, Jo Swingewood, Rebecca David (and their husbands!), or without the support of the garden owners, some of whom have been opening their gardens for us since the scheme began four years ago,' says Chris Betty, Communications Officer at the trust. 'We also could not have made such a record amount without the support of Crantock Bakery and Roddas.

'This year has seen the largest numbers of visitors to the gardens. We are extremely grateful to all the gardens that have opened for us during the year and the visitors have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of what they have seen. The funds raised at these events are vital for us to continue our conservation work, on land and in our seas.'

Bookings are now being made for Open Gardens 2015, with some of the established favourites, including Trenarth at High Cross, and Ten Acre Wood at Wadebridge already on the list. Old Zanzig, also near Wadebridge which is owned by Alison Salisbury who writes the Trust’s excellent online wildlife gardening blog will make a return and the record breaking Pedn Billy will once again start the scheme with its breathtaking views of the Helford Passage.

There is also an exciting new addition of a stunning four-acre garden owned by a long term trust member which has never before been opened to the public.

cornwallwildlifetrust.org

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