Open gardens in Cornwall you can visit this year

PUBLISHED: 15:46 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:47 30 April 2019

A surprising visitor to 2 Trenance Cottages

A surprising visitor to 2 Trenance Cottages


With winter out of the way Cornwall Wildlife Trust is looking forward to a sunny summer with their very popular Open Gardens

Last year the scheme made more than £21,000 for the trust's vital conservation work, but it is more than just an important fundraiser. For residents and visitors alike this is their yearly chance to explore some of Cornwall's most stunning gardens and take home ideas for their own. And - new for this year - you can actually take away part of what you see, with plant stalls at all the gardens!

Chris Betty, Communications Officer, is our guide and he, like the rest of us, is hoping for a long, hot summer full of cream teas and gorgeous gardens.

“With a common theme of providing a home for Cornish wildlife the gardens are varied in content and size, but all provide inspirational ideas for the visitor to take away,” he says. “What better way than to spend a Sunday afternoon than browsing through some of the most beautiful gardens in Cornwall and at the same time know you are helping the county's wildlife. You can even enjoy a cream team courtesy of Rodda's, Berryman's and Cornish Coffee. As always the trust has a very personal approach to these events. A band of volunteers takes care of all the administrative work leaving the owners free on the day to chat to visitors. These are events that all the family can enjoy, even the dog, except where specially excluded due to wildlife. We hope to see you there.”

2 Trenance Cottages

St Newlyn East TR8 5HU

12 May 2pm–5pm

More than 35 years of love and nurturing has created the garden at 2 Trenance Cottages. Starting out as a simple family garden, Trenance has grown into landscaped lawns, woodland, and plentiful orchards. Part of the garden includes an extensive fruit and vegetable area which has a thriving 20-year-old orchard of traditional Cornish apple varieties as well as Kea plum trees.


Burncoose House and Garden

Gwennap, Redruth, TR16 6BJ

19 May 11am–4pm

A magnificent 30-acre woodland garden with rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camellias. The garden is tucked away behind the famous Burncoose Nurseries, winner of more than 20 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medals.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust was given special access to the whole of this hidden treasure last year, including the refurbished grand Burncoose House and its immediate garden. We return for a second visit.


Little Park Farm

St. Clements, Malpas, Truro TR1 1SX

2 June 2pm–5pm

This beautiful garden with stunning views over the Malpas Passage near Truro is a lovely afternoon out in June. The house faithfully replicates a traditional 18th century Cornish farmhouse. Semi-formal gardens sweep around the house and a large conservatory opens onto a terrace from where the beautiful views can be enjoyed. There is a large natural pond well stocked with fish and native planting and paths lead into grassland and wildflower meadows with further views.



Boswiddle Farm, Ladock TR2 4NU

9 June 2pm–5pm

A plantsman's garden Boswiddle has created several garden 'rooms' in a cottage style for visitors to explore, encouraging diversity for wildlife. A sunny terrace allows for unbroken views of the garden, and paths draw the visitor on a tour of meadows. A kitchen garden and orchard is complete with resident ducks and there is also a circular walk from the garden taking in meadows, woodland and streamside.



Penadlake, Lanreath PL13 2PG

23 June 11am–4.30pm

This spectacular 52-acre garden is an established favourite and is literally a giant playground for Cornish wildlife with woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds. Lethytep is particularly renowned for butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers. There is plenty to see and do which will amaze even the most established naturalist.



West Pentire, Crantock TR8 5SE

14 July 2pm–5pm

This is the garden where no garden should be, set on a headland between two fantastic beaches. But garden there is, with a rockery, shrubbery, cottage garden, herbaceous borders, a stumpery, gravel garden, small pinetum area and spectacular exotic garden. Add to this a pond and a stream. This garden has featured on BBC's Gardener's World.



Millpool Grange, Cardinham, Bodmin PL30 4HZ

28 July 2pm–5pm

Drop into the valley of Cardinham and discover delightfully shaded woodland at Millpool. Follow the stream as it runs through the garden, cascading and forming small pools on its course. Blooms of shrubs seamlessly combine the terraced semi-formal garden and woodland. Rich in wildlife, and a welcome habitat for many, Millpool should not be missed!



High Cross, Constantine, TR11 5JN

4 August 2pm–5pm

The four-acre gardens surround the 17th granite farmhouse with its central courtyard, and wonderful, far reaching pastoral views. There are many unusual and tender plants within the listed garden walls, vegetables, orchard, yew 'rooms', woodland area and quirky features such as the toilet in a telephone box. The site is a maternity roost of lesser horseshoe bats and the planting encourages birds, butterflies and insects throughout the year.


South Bosent

Dobwalls, nr Liskeard PL14 4LX

1 September 2pm–5pm

When the owners bought the old farmhouse and about nine acres of land six years ago the object was to create a garden to attract wildlife. Already it is visited by a range of birds, insects, butterflies, moths and bats. Four ponds provide homes for newts, toads and frogs as well as mallards and the passing heron. Trees have been planted, including fruit trees, and there are perennial and annual plants, as well as areas of true wilderness.

Entrance to each of the gardens is £5 per adult and under 16s are free. For further details and directions visit or call

01872 273939.

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