PUBLISHED: 17:20 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24 30 August 2017

Carminowe Valley Garden

Carminowe Valley Garden

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens scheme is upon us once again offering residents and visitors alike a chance to explore some of the Cornwall’s most stunning gardens. Chris Betty from the trust, takes us on a guided tour…

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s 2016 Open Gardens raised a record breaking £12,400 and now we look forward to an exciting new season featuring established favourites and brand new gardens opening for us around Cornwall. The gardens range from grand affairs to smaller more intimate green spaces, all with a common theme of providing a haven for Cornish wildlife. Open Gardens raises vital funds for the Trust’s conservation work protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.

And what better way to spend a Sunday throughout the spring, summer and early autumn than visiting some beautiful gardens and enjoying a cream tea, a pasty, or beverage provided by supporters Rodda’s, Crantock Bakery, and new this year, Cornish Coffee. Our Open Gardens event has grown year on year and now has an overall sponsor in holiday accommodation providers, Stay In Cornwall.

A band of volunteers takes care of all the administrative work leaving the owners free on the day to chat to visitors and inspire them as to how they can use what they see in their own gardens. With various activities and special appearances from wildlife groups, these are events that all the family can enjoy, even the dog, except where specially excluded due to wildlife. One spring garden even has a pétanque pitch.

Entrance to all gardens is £5 per adult unless stated otherwise with under-16s free. See you there!

Carminowe Valley Garden

Tangies Helston TR12 7PU

Sunday 3 September 2pm-5pm

This abundant wildlife garden nestles on the side of Carminowe Valley in deep oak woodland. It is a garden a-buzz with butterflies and insects. Signs of otters have been seen in the stream that runs through the garden, which features a wildflower meadow, mown pathways, shrubberies,

an orchard, nectar beds and cutting garden.

Bolts Quarry Farm, St Breward, Bodmin PL30 4NY

Sunday 20 August 2pm-5pm

When the owners moved to Bolts Quarry Farm 19 years ago there was very little garden. Since then the gardens have evolved and there is now a pond and bog garden, quarry garden and wildlife area, a shrub area under planted with pheasant eye daffodils, a two-acre, granite strewn, hillside broadleaf plantation and a circular walk and granite spoil heap, a mowhay rock’ garden planted with flowers and shrubs and a front garden with perennial planted borders.

Lethytep Penadlake Lanreath PL13 2PG

Sunday 18 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 wildflowers. There is plenty to see and do which will amaze even the most established naturalist.

Meadowside Trevarth near Redruth TR16 6AE

Sunday 2 July 2pm-5pm

A six acre smallholding which is managed with wildlife in mind. There is a large vegetable garden, a wildflower meadow with many southern marsh orchids, two large productive poly tunnels, an orchard, fruit cage, and a walled garden with herbaceous and shrub borders and a south facing gravel garden all planted to attract pollinators. Hedgehogs are often seen along with many rabbits and the odd fox, and there are sheep, pigs, hens, turkeys and bee hives. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Trenarth High Cross Constantine TR11 5JN

Sunday 23 July 2pm-5pm

A much-loved regular with the trust moving from spring to an opening day in the summer. 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, as featured on BBC 2.

Tanglewood Wild Garden Newbridge Penzance TR20 8PL

Sunday 10 September 11am-4pm

This is a wonderful wild garden

with winding uneven paths through the woodland. There are deep water ponds, fascinating sculptures and natural surroundings. There is

plenty of room for children to play

and enjoy family picnics and as an added attraction a campfire will be used for hot drinks. A truly enchanting setting and what promises to be a magical end to the trust’s 2017 Open Gardens season.

Entrance to all gardens is £5 per adult unless stated otherwise with under-16s free. For further details and directions please visit  or call 01872 273939.

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