The richness of Cornwall’s heritage is here to be enjoyed by the millions of visitors who travel to this extraordinary county every year. Cornwall’s customs and culture are characterised still by Cornish residents of long standing and embraced by those who have recently made Cornwall their home. The landscapes and harbours pay homage to the county’s legacy of mining and the tradition of Cornwall’s seafaring ways.
As part of their 2016 Open Gardens scheme, Cornwall Wildlife Trust has six gardens opening for the first time along with the regular favourites. Number one of these is 2 Trenance Cottages in St. Newlyn East which opens to the public on Sunday May 22nd from 2pm to 5pm.
This lovely family garden has grown and developed during the 30 years the owners have lived there from a small cottage plot to a landscaped garden of lawns and shrubberies, paddock and woodland.
Only five miles from the north coast, the main garden is divided by mixed shrub borders into separate areas to provide more creative plantings sheltered from the prevailing winds while still providing opportunities to enjoy the open views towards St Newlyn East village. The garden features in particular a variety of flowering shrubs, many chosen for their wind tolerance!
Beyond the main one and half acre informal gardens, and marked by a wild flower border, is a two acre paddock and six acre field home for the owners’ two horses and pony and small brood of hens.
An extensive fruit and vegetable area has a thriving 10 year old orchard of traditional Cornish apple varieties as well as several Kea plum trees. Outdoor vegetable beds are gradually being replaced by protected cropping in poly tunnels and, hopefully, new rabbit-fenced raised beds.
Above: The fruit and vegetables section of the gardens.
A particular interest of the owners is the propagation of Ulmus minor var. Daveyii, a locally distinctive form of elm.
The entire main garden has level access and dogs are welcomed on leads. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is £4 with under 16s free.
This interesting 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.
“We are really pleased that this year we can offer visitors six gardens to visit that are opening for us for the first time, as well as all the regular favourites. The garden at 2 Trenance Cottages provides a varied use of planting and should be of particular interest to anyone living in a windy coastal environment”.
This is the sixth year running that the Trust has run their highly successful Open Gardens event. More details of all the gardens opening this year can be found at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens
- ‘Open Gardens event’
- Sunday May 22nd 2pm to 5pm
- Where to meet: 2 Trenance Cottages, St. Newlyn East, TR8 5HU
- £4. (Under-16s free of charge)
Other gardens opening for the Trust in the year are: 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.
For more local events, visit our What’s On events calendar.
Towns and Cities in Cornwall
There’s a lot Cornwall has to offer, aside from beaches and beautiful scenery, it is also home to Truro its capital city with a great social scene and a vast selection of shops. Smaller towns and villages dot around the unique county, with seaside hotspots including Padstow, St Ives and Port Isaac.