Cornwall's Wildlife Gardens
Horticultural havens across Cornwall are set to open their gates as part of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens scheme and 60th anniversary celebrations.
The popular events, ran by the charity for the last 10 years, showcase some of Cornwall’s best wildlife-friendly gardens to green-fingered supporters. With a common theme of providing a home for Cornish wildlife, the gardens range from vast wildflower meadows to bluebell woodlands and all offer exciting and innovative approaches to wildlife gardening.
This year’s gardens are set to be better than ever, with two new additions, Bochym Manor House and Goenrounsen House, joining the scheme, as well as special family day event on Father’s Day to encourage Cornwall’s youngest residents to connect with nature.
The garden programme for 2022
April 24th 2-5pm: Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, TR11 5LF
Pedn Billy is a spectacular garden to open the 2022 Open Garden season; a firm favourite with visitors, expect incredible views of the Helford, vibrant trees and beautiful late flowering plants. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodland with paths winding down to Port Navas Creek and Helford to private beach. Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.
May 8th 2-5pm: South Bosent, Dobwalls, Near Liskeard, PL14 4LX
South Bosent is truly a developing wildlife haven and offers something different every year. This amazing 9-acre wildlife garden has been developed from farmland over the last 6 years and is still evolving. 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. Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.
May 22nd 2-5pm: The Lodge, Fletchers Bridge, Bodmin, PL30 4AN
Set in a tranquil valley, enjoy a 3-acre riverside garden that 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.
Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.
May 29th 11-4pm: Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG
Having opened every year since 2013,Lethytep again opens its 52-acre wildlife haven to the public. Sheltered in Lanreath, the landscape includes wildflower meadows and three large ponds, which are much beloved by aquatic plants, birds and insects. Meandering paths take visitors through grass meadows, woodlands, and wetland areas with wildflowers, orchids, dragonflies and butterflies. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
June 19th 11-4pm: Lethytep (Family Day), Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG
For the first time in Open Garden history, Cornwall Wildlife Trust invites families for an Open Garden Family Day special! Expect a day filled with family-friendly activities, with lots of nature-based fun for every member of the family. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
July 3rd 2-5pm: Boswiddle Farm, Ladock, TR2 4NU
A plantsman’s garden in the ‘cottage style’ with several garden ‘rooms’ containing an interesting and varied selection of trees, shrubs and perennials. In addition to a sunny terrace, it also has a beautiful circular walk from the garden taking in meadows, woodland and streamside. Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.
July 15th 5-8pm: Meadowside, Trevarth, Redruth, TR16 6AE
Evening opening with The Garker Street Band which is a part instrumental part singing group. A 5-acre wildlife garden with a large vegetable garden, wildflower meadow, 3 large productive poly tunnels, an orchard, fruit cage, walled garden and a south facing gravel garden planted to attract pollinators. Since last opening in 2018, there have been some impressive changes. This includes the planting of one of the fields with an orchard of nut and unusual varieties of fruit trees and bushes, and a small arboretum of unusual flowering to attract pollinators all year round. Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.
July 31st 2-5pm: Bochym Manor House, Cury Cross Lanes, Helston, TR12 7AZ
New for 2022, Bochym Manor has been brought back to life after extensive restoration work over the last few years. One of the principal features of Bochym Manor is the delightfully tranquil and landscaped gardens and grounds which extend to approximately 18 acres. The gardens comprise formal terraces, semi-formal areas and extensive areas of wildlife garden. The tree lined SE driveway runs adjacent to the Poldhu River, a trout river which was extensively remodelled during the Regency period creating a series of ornamental ponds connected by rapids, ravines and waterfalls as it races down the valley.
August 21st 2-5pm: Goenrounsen House, Carnego Lane, Summercourt, TR8 5BQ
Goenrounsen is another new addition for 2022. The current restoration of this 18thcentury property means the gardens and grounds have been allowed to return to nature.
Fringed with magnificent velvety bulrushes, Goenrounsen’s lake gains colour throughout the summer with irises, bulrushes, water lilies and water hyacinths. The island in the centre of the lake is left wild so that wildlife can have shelter there. The flower meadow had been previously cut as grassland and is now being restored to its former state as a traditional flower meadow. A deep Cornish lane, bordered by ancient oaks, has been replanted with ferns, echium and Hosta and leads to the orchard currently being replanted with additional traditional fruit trees. Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.
September 4th 2-5pm: Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine, TR11 5JN
Trenarth is the longest-standing garden, having opened since the beginning. There is much to enjoy and see at this 4-acre garden. It is set around a 17th century farmhouse in a peaceful pastoral setting 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. Well behaved dogs on leads allowed.