The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Trelaske Hotel, Looe is an award winning three star hotel near to the Lost gardens of Heligan
The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, asleep for more than seventy years, are the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the spring of 1991, the Gardens of Heligan lay under a blanket of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. A year later, the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery. In the northern gardens are two and a half miles of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a fine set of bee-boles, a wishing well and a superb collection of walled gardens. Remarkably much of the original plant collection has survived, sometimes to record sizes.
To the south lies 'Lost Valley' and 'The Jungle', a sub-tropical valley overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of Mevagissey, and overflowing with palms, tree ferns, bamboos, gunnera and numerous exotic trees and shrubs. If The Secret Garden and Peter Rabbit captured your childhood imagination, then Heligan will not disappoint you. The story boards make the visit interesting even to the non-gardener!
Getting to the lost gardens of HeliganPentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom, PL26 6EN
Total distance: 28.32miles
Travel time: Approximately 1hour 5mins
Useful links about the Lost Gardens of HeliganFor opening times and admission fees: www.heligan.com
You might also be interested in our page about the Eden project also created by Tim Smit