Cornwall's Wildlife Gardens
Open Gardens showcases stunning wildlife gardens across the county in aid of their work to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. Expect to find hidden gems and delicious cake at a range of gardens, including an exciting new experience.
Most of the gardens are open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with the exception of Lethytep which open from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
The gardens run from June to September across Cornwall, and it all kicks off at Restineas Cottage, near St Austell, developed by the owners to encourage wildlife.
Open Gardens is kindly supporter by St Eval, Rodda's, Cornico Coffee and Tarquins Gin.
June 6th Restineas Cottage, Garker, nr St. Austell, PL26 8YA.
Developed over 11 years, this 2 ½ acre garden aims to attract wildlife, so look out for various nesting boxes, bee houses, bug hotels and log piles. The garden is surrounded by trees, a leat meanders through the garden where you can enjoy a wildlife pond, unusual trees, vegetable garden, orchard, wildflower meadow and poultry, all to the sounds of the Garker Street Band. Take one of the suggested walks and find yourself along the magical ‘fairy’ walk.
June 20th Lethytep, Penadlake, nr Lanreath, PL13 2PG.
A stunning 52 acre wildlife haven located in a sheltered valley Lethytep is designed to attract wildlife. Meandering paths take visitors through grass meadows, woodlands, and wetland areas where they can find wildflowers, orchids, dragonflies and butterflies.
July 18th The Lodge, Fletcher’s Bridge, Bodmin, PL30 4AN.
New for 2021, is The Lodge at Fletchersbridge. A 3-acre riverside garden nestled in a tranquil valley. The Lodge specialises in trees and shrubs chosen for their flowers, foliage and form, including 35 magnolia varieties. An informal setting complemented by ponds, waterfalls and spring flowers surrounding a gothic lodge.
July 25th Meadowside, Trevarth, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6AE
A five acre wildlife garden with a large vegetable garden, wildflower meadow, three large productive poly tunnels, an orchard, fruit cage, walled garden with herbaceous and shrub boarders planted to attract pollinators and a south facing gravel garden planted to attract pollinators. In the corner of a field you can find a small arboretum of unusual flowering trees. There are two ponds, one excavated in 2019, the other longer established and smaller. There is a flock of about 30 hens and a couple of bee hives. The garden is managed with wildlife in mind and attracts a large variety of birds and insects. Hedgehogs are also often seen along with many rabbits, foxes and the odd deer.
August 8th Bolts Quarry Farm, St. Breward, Bodmin, PL30 4NY.
Bolts Quarry Farm at St. Breward, Bodmin, has evolved over 20 years from a rocky heap into a diverse wildlife garden. Broadleaf woodland, granite spoil heap and wildflower meadow attract a wealth of wildlife, whilst the Mowhay rock garden, and quarry garden give a nod to the old site.
August 22nd South Bosent, Dobwalls, Nr. Liskeard, PL14 4LX.
This amazing nine acre wildlife garden has been developed from farmland over the last 6 years and is still evolving. It has a variety of different aspects to the garden including ponds, woodland and formal and informal flower planting. Many trees and shrubs have been planted and this garden is already seeing a large increase in insects, butterflies, moths, birds and mammals including many bats.
September 5th Cornish Cutting Garden, Vellanusun, Lower Releath, TR13 0HB.
A social enterprise company that supports biodiversity, eco-therapy and education through creative engagement. The owner, Clare, is passionate about organic cultivation and breaks the mould of a traditional Cutting Garden, through her use of shrubs, climbers and garden flowers not usually seen in the cut flower market.
September 12nd Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine, TR11 5JN.
This four acre garden is set around a 17th century farmhouse with wonderful panoramic views and not a road in sight! Trenarth is designed for abundant wildlife; water and bog features and plants encourage birds, butterflies and insects all the year round. There is even a maternity roost of lesser horseshoe bats. A children's trail around the garden makes this the perfect location for families.
Sept 26th Pedn Billy, Helford Passage, TR11 5LF.
A favourite with visitors and locals alike, the garden at Pedn Billy has a wild flower areas, beautiful specimen trees and terraced borders. The fronds of the grasses form a wonderful back drop for the late summer flowering plants such as canna, agapanthus and asters. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodland with paths winding down to Port Navas Creek and Helford to private beach.