The Lost Gardens of Heligan
This evening, I am reporting on the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a
popular visitor site on the south coast of Cornwall in S.W. England,
near St. Austell and about 160 miles S.W. of Bristol.
Heligan has a history dating back to the 1770s subsequent to which extensive formal gardens were developed by the Tremayne family who resided at the mansion in the heart of the estate known as Heligan House. However, post World War I the gardens were allowed to deteriorate and became a total wilderness.
John Willis Tremayne inherited the former gardens and, following an inspection of the wilderness in 1990, determined to restore them to their former glory. This project was progressively implemented and. step by step, the gardens were restored, although some work remains.
Heligan has now evolved into mature and commercially viable, visitor experience with supporting facilities which include visitor centre, shops and restaurant.
Visitors should allow at least half a day to gain a basic experience of the restored gardens which include Italian Garden, Flower Garden, Glasshouses, Melon House, Pineapple Pit, Vinery, Citrus House, Peach House, Productive Gardens, Pleasure Gardens, New Zealand Gardens, Crystal Grotto, Scented Gardens, Jungle and Lost Valley. There is a bird watching facility and fields with farm animals
There is much here to interest ornithologists, gardeners, horticulturists, photographers and artists.