Popular Cornish garden Trenarth at High Cross near Constantine is once again opening its gates in aid of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens scheme next week.
It has always been a garden to encourage wildlife and its connection with the Trust is now well established, with owner Lucie Nottingham recently having her portrait taken here for the My Wild Life campaign.
This stunning garden is one of many throughout the county where special fundraising days have been held during 2015 for the Trust, funds which are vital for Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity in protecting the county’s wildlife and wild places.
The four-acre garden at Trenarth has been a garden in the making since 1993 and is set around a 17th century farmhouse in a lovely pastoral setting. There is year round interest with unusual plants, a courtyard listed garden, yew rooms, vegetable garden, orchard and a woodland area and gravel garden with panoramic views.
Visitors can take an ancient green lane circular walk through the woods complete with a pond and tree fern grove on Sunday, August 23 from 2pm to 5pm. In fact there is so much to see in this splendid garden, with its diverse variety of plants and planting.
Lucie, also a long-term support of the Trust, said: “Wildlife has been an abiding interest wherever I have lived, from childhood butterfly and bird spotting to encouraging, protecting and enjoying the myriad of wildlife here in my garden in Cornwall many years on. This is my own personal legacy for wildlife, together with support for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, a truly inclusive organisation, for people and wildlife both. I am very happy to open my garden again and raise important funds for the Trust”.
The wildlife is of major important interest at Trenarth, and the garden is home to a resident bat colony. Cornwall Bat Group will also be there to show and inform people of these fascinating nocturnal creatures.
Chris Betty, communications officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “There is still time to visit two of Cornwall’s outstanding gardens, Trenarth on August 23 and May Tree Garden on August 30, before this year’s Open Gardens scheme comes to a close, and it looks like being the Trust’s most successful to date.”
Pasties and cream teas will be available from open Gardens supporters Crantock Bakery and Roddas. There are toilet facilities, dogs are permitted on leads but sadly the garden is not good for wheelchairs.
This is the fifth year running that the Trust has run their highly successful Open Gardens event can be found here.
Entrance is £4 for adults, under 16s are free.