Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. Our 2017 Open Gardens season raised a record-breaking £12,950 for our work protecting Cornwall's wildlife and wild places. With brand new gardens joining established favourites in 2018 the coming year promises to provide some great days out around Cornwall...


Open Gardens is kindly supported by Crantock Bakery Roddas & Cornish Coffee


All the gardens opening for the Trust, be they large or small, are loved by their owners who want to share their enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. We look forward to meeting you at one of these fabulous gardens during our 8th year of running this very popular fundraising scheme.

Entrance to all gardens is £5 unless otherwise stated below. 

Dogs are welcome to many of the gardens (please check details below) but please take dog poo home with you! 


Inspired to open your own garden or become a volunteer at one of our events? Please contact us on (01872) 302235 or by email, we would love to hear from you.


Cornwall is a county made for springtime. While other parts of the country are still feeling the shivers of winter, Cornwall is at its colourful best, with daffodils, primroses, and bluebells in full bloom, under splendid camellias and magnolias.


Burncoose Garden & House, Redruth
Sunday 15th April 11am to 4pm

Burncoose House is a 30 acre magnificent woodland garden with many rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas, and camellias. The garden is tucked away behind the famous Burncoose Nurseries - a winner of over 20 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been given special access to the whole of this hidden treasure. Most of the gardens are open daily for free but on this special occasion, visitors will have access to the whole 30 acres including the recently refurbished grand Burncoose House and its immediate garden. It is thanks to the Williams family who have lived at Burncoose since 1715 that we will have this amazing opportunity to visit the oldest part of the Caer-hays Estate.  

Address: Burncoose House, Gwennap, Redruth, TR16 6BJ 
Directions: On the A393 between Lanner and Ponsanooth


Pedn Billy, Helford Passage
Sunday 22nd April 2pm - 5pm

This stunning garden boasts wildflower areas, beautiful specimen trees, and terraced borders. Pedn Billy is ablaze with azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and flowering bulbs. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and Helford River to its own private beach. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. In the past this has been one of the Trust’s most popular gardens, a visit to its splendid location explains why. Please note some parts of this garden may be unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties. 

Address: Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Cornwall, TR11 5LF
Directions: From the A39 Falmouth or A394 Helston roads head towards Mabe and Burnthouse and then on through Mawnan Smith and past Glendurgan and Trebah Garden. 0.1 miles from the Trebah entrance on the left the road goes round to the right to Port Navas and Constantine. Do not continue to the right. Go straightish off the main road towards the Ferry Boat Inn. Take the first road to the right, Bar Road, before you go down the steep hill to The Ferry Boat. At the end of Bar Road you will see Pedn Billy on the granite gate.
 


Higher Trenedden, Peakswater, nr Pelynt
Sunday 29th April 2pm - 5pm.

This four acre garden is set in a quiet valley with countryside views. It ranges from an established cottage garden to an arboretum planted ten years ago, with specimen trees, a meadow with a large pond, and board walk through marshlands which are home to an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. A garden thriving with wildlife, so no dogs allowed. 

Address: Higher Trenedden, Peakswater, Nr Pelynt, Cornwall PL13 2QE
Directions: 
From A390 direction - Lostwithiel/Liskeard
Turn at East Taphouse towards Pelynt and Looe on B3359.
Continue for about 5 miles then turn right following signed for Bodinnick ferry. After 3 miles at a right hand bend turn left. Signposted Valleybrook cottages. After 500 yards after the farm buildings turn right following signs for Pelynt. At Valleybrook cottages turn left and follow signs for car park. Drop off point is at the junction to Trenedden up hill on the right; car park is further on round the corner.
From Looe on A387
Follow signs for Polperro out of Looe on A387. After 2.3 miles turn right at junction o to B3359 signposted Pelynt. After 4 miles, enter Pelynt village. Turn left at the Church (Summer Lane) and onto Wilton Terrace. Follow road out of the village, down and up a hill and then round a 90 degree right hand bend. Continue to next crossroads. Do not follow signs for Lansallos but go straight across.
Travel about a mile and the car park for the open garden is on the left at the bottom of the steep hill.
For access to Higher Trenedden drop off go to the bottom of the hill and stop at a signpost labelled Trenedden. Walk up the hill. Higher Trenedden is the second property on this lane – about 500 yards.


The Old Rectory
Sunday 13th May 2pm – 5pm

The Old Rectory, famous for its connections with Thomas Hardy, is a five-star gold awarded environmentally friendly Bed and Breakfast. The three-acre south-facing woodland garden has magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, long herbaceous borders, a large Victorian walled very productive kitchen garden with an amazing variety of fruit, vegetables, hens and runner ducks. In the fields adjacent to the garden there are rare breed pigs, Jacob sheep and 80 solar panels which provide nearly all of the electricity for the house.

Address: The Old Rectory, St Juliot, Boscastle, PL35 0BT
Directions: From Boscastle take the road to Bude and follow the signs to The Old Rectory B&B. If using Sat Nav use PL35 0BX and then carry on down the road and follow the signs for The Old Rectory B&B if you use the actual postcode you will be sent on a very indirect route.


 

As springtime passes into summer there is still an explosion of colour in Cornish gardens, with flowers such as roses, fuchsias, dahlias and daisies coming into their own. Throughout the season there are palms, ferns, bamboos, and many of the gardens have the sea as their backdrop, or rivers and streams running through their land. 


Little Park, Malpas, Truro
Sunday 3rd June 2pm - 5pm

South facing hillside garden with stunning views over the Malpas Passage and down the river to Kea and beyond. The house faithfully replicates a traditional 18th-century Cornish farmhouse and perfectly complements its setting. Semi-formal gardens sweep around the front and south side where a large conservatory opens onto a spacious stone flagged terrace from where the views can be enjoyed. On the south side below the house is a large natural pond well stocked with fish and native planting. Paths lead from the garden into grassland and wildflower meadows with further views, and mown paths lead the visitor into a shrubbery and on to woodland walks. There is a fragment of 18th-century parkland with a woodland belt and some fine specimen trees.

Address: Little Park Farm, St. Clements, Malpas, Truro TR1 1SX
Directions: From Trafalgar roundabout follow the road to Malpas, past the cricket ground to Sunny Corner where the road is close to the river edge. Turn left into the lane with a sign ‘Little Park’. Property is approximately 500 yards up the hill, first right


Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath
Sunday 17th June 11am – 4.30pm

Lethytep is a  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 here for the keenest naturalist and wildlife gardener. Sorry, no dogs at this garden due to wildlife.

Address: Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG
Directions: Turn off the A390 Liskeard to Lostwithiel road at East Taphouse and follow the B3359 towards Pelynt, Looe and Polperro. After 3.3 miles take right turn marked Panadlake.


Arundell, Crantock
Sunday 24th June 1pm - 5pm 

A garden where no garden should be! –  situated on a headland between two fantastic beaches. One acre set around an original farm cottage. In front of the house is a small cottage garden whilst to the side a small Mediterranean garden which both enjoy stunning sea views. Behind the house are a rockery, shrubbery, more cottage garden leading to pond and stream, herbaceous borders, stumpery, gravel garden, small pinetum area and spectacular exotic garden. Featured in Cornwall Life, Cornwall Today, ‘Coast’ magazine and on Gardeners World TV programme. Also voted 'Best Garden' in Newquay in Bloom.

Address: Arundell, West Pentire, Crantock TR8 5SE
Directions: 1 mile west of Crantock. From A3075 take signs to Crantock. At the junction in village keep straight on to West Pentire hamlet (1m).


Meadowside, Trevarth, near Redruth
Sunday 8th July 2pm - 5pm 

A six-acre smallholding with a large vegetable garden, wildflower meadow with many southern marsh orchids, 2 large productive polytunnels, an orchard, fruit cage, walled garden with herbaceous and shrub borders planted to attract pollinators, south facing gravel garden again planted to attract pollinators. Sheep, pigs, hens, turkeys and bee hives. The garden/smallholding is managed with wildlife in mind and attracts a large variety of birds and insects, Hedgehogs are also often seen along with many rabbits and the odd fox. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. 

Address: Meadowside, Trevarth, Redruth TR16 6AE
Directions: From Lanner turn left ( from Redruth direction) right (from Falmouth direction)at the Coppice Inn follow the road to Trevarth and take the second right.Follow along lane for approx 100 metres on left is entrance to car park.
From Carharrack turn right signed to Lanner. Follow the road to Trevarth about 1/2 mile turn left at the crossroads ( next to bamboo hedge) Follow along lane for approx 100 metres on left is entrance to car park.


Trevoole, Camborne
Sunday 22nd July 2pm - 5pm

Trevoole Farm has historically been used as a farm and market garden supplying produce locally and far beyond. The present owners purchased the farm in 2002 and set about restoring the farmhouse and its outbuildings, and the grounds some of which are being used for animals and some garden. The owner is now taking the garden in a slightly different direction encouraging wildlife and nature wherever possible. Granite lined flower borders lead to the farmhouse courtyard and a shade and bog garden. A Rose walk, past the chickens and a herb garden, takes visitors to a patchwork and vegetable garden, a wildlife pond and an orchard leading to the greenhouse and shepherds hut garden. Dogs allowed on leads. 

Address: Trevoole Farm, Praze-an-Beeble, TR14 0RN
Directions: From Camborne on the B3303 towards Helston come past on your left the long wall of the Pendarves nature reserve, then coming uphill on sight of the large minehouse and chimneys Trevoole farm is situated on the left on a unadopted lane.


Trenarth, Constantine, near Falmouth

Sunday 5th August 2pm – 5pm.

Trenarth is a  beautiful four-acre garden set around a 17th-century farmhouse in a lovely pastoral setting. There is year-round interest with the emphasis on unusual plants, structure and form. An ancient green lane circular walk through woods offers wildlife interest including a pond with a tree fern grove! Trenarth has a resident colony of bats so as well as being able to visit the gardens, visitors can learn more about this amazing species from Cornwall Bat Group, one of the Trust's affiliated specialist groups. This garden also has specialist events for children including pond dipping and wildlife art. Refreshments available, plant sales, dogs welcome on a lead, not suitable for disabled access due to sloping garden. And don’t miss the toilet in the phone box! 

Address: Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine, TR11 5JN
Directions: From Falmouth follow signs for Constantine. At High Cross Garage (1.5 miles before Constantine) turn left signed Mawnan then right after 30 yards into no through lane. Garden at end of lane.


South Bosent, nr Liskeard
Sunday 2nd September 2pm - 5pm 

A beautiful old farmhouse with nine acres of garden that has been created by the owners to become a haven for wildlife. This is a chance to visit a wildlife garden in progress which is attracting an increasing range of birds, butterflies, insects, and moths. There is an acre of woodland running alongside the stream which is full of bluebells in the spring and huge shuttlecock ferns in the autumn. The woodland is being extended with an underplanting of camellias and rhododendrons for spring interest.
  
Address: South Bosent, Dobwalls, Nr. Liskeard, PL14 4LX
Directions: At the roundabout where the A390 meets the A38 take the exit into Dobwalls village. - after about 1/2m take a right turn at the double mini roundabout towards Duloe and go past the Spar, village school, football field and over the railway bridge. After about 1m you reach a crossroads (at the top of a rise) where there is a Celtic cross and turn right. after 0.2 of a mile there is a 90' right bend and just after that a gate on the left takes you into the old farmyard where there is parking.


Marsh Villa Garden, St Austell
Sunday 16th September 2pm to 5pm 

Marsh Villa Garden is magical three-acre water and woodland garden which lies in a former tidal creek and is rich in variety and conservation significance. From first plantings in 1988 the garden is now well established with extensive herbaceous borders and mixed beds, set amongst a charming network of waterways that drain the Tidesmill marsh levels. Meandering paths lead from one ‘room’ to the next, to a large natural pond, the formal enclosed garden, woodland areas with underplanting and comfortable corners with seats for enjoying the peace. Part of the Marsh, which is a wet woodland, can be explored from a circular path, whilst the remaining 16 acres are left as wild habitat.

Address: Marsh Villa, St Andrews Road, Par, St Austell PL24 2LU
Directions: Leave the A390 at the traffic lights in St Blazey opposite the Parish church 3 miles east of St. Austell. After 800 yards turn left over the level crossing onto St. Andrews Road. Past the duck pond on the right and around a sharp bend, Marsh Villa Gardens can be found on the left. 


 

 

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