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Raymond & Shirley Clemo,
'Pine Lodge Gardens',
Holmbush,Saint Austell,Cornwall,
PL25 3RQ (kaart)(website)

Phone : +44 (0) 1726 73500
Fax : +44 (0) 1726
E-mail : mailto:gardens@pine-lodge.co.uk

The gardens are just East of St Austell, off the A390, between Holmbush and Tregrehan. Look for the Brown Tourist Signs 100 yards before the entrance lane on the A390.

The Cornwall Tourism Awards 2002

- Pine Lodge Gardens
- "Highly Commended - Visitor Attraction of the Year"

Holder of the National Collection of grevilleas

The Lost Gardens of Heligan 

Pentewan, St Austell,Cornwall PL26 6EN (kaart)

Tel: 01726 845100

website: http://www.heligan.com/

Recently voted "The Nation's Favourite Garden" by Gardeners' World viewers, the award-winning restoration of Heligan's productive gardens is only one of many features which combine to create a destination with a breadth of interest around the year: Victorian pleasure grounds with spring flowering shrubs, summerhouses, pools and rockeries; a sub-tropical jungle valley brimming with exotic foliage; woodland and farm walks through beautiful Cornish countryside, where sustainable management practices promote habitat conservation and a pioneering new project offers visitors a close-up view of native wildlife on site. Free access to parking, toilets, licensed restaurant/tearoom and Heligan Shop and Plant Sales.

The Eden Project

Bodelva, St Austell,
Cornwall PL24 2SG (kaart)

Tel: 01726 811911

website: http://www.edenproject.com/

Since its opening in May 2001, the Eden Project has been a huge international success, bringing many thousands of visitors and much needed revenue to Cornwall. It began with the simple idea of telling the story of how the whole world relies heavily on plants, and from that has sprung what has been called one of the wonders of the modern world.

The Project is the brainchild of a former record producer Tim Smit, who started to formulate the idea when driving around the china clay district in 1994. An abandoned china clay pit just outside St Austell has become home to the largest conservatories (`biomes') in the world where, in the space of a day, visitors can walk from steamy rain forests to the warmth of the Mediterranean in a project that aims to "promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources". In the huge Humid Tropic Biome, 787 feet in length and 180 feet high, orchids, sugar cane, rubber trees, tea and coffee plants, bananas and pineapples flourish, fed by water from a waterfall that drops from the top of the biome into pools below.

The second covered biome, the Warm Temperate Biome, is filled with plants from temperate zones, including olive trees and fruits and flowers from the Mediterranean, California and South Africa. The Roofless Biome contains plants from our own temperate climate. A third covered biome, already at the planning stage, will be dedicated to plants from arid zones and will show how plants and humans manage to survive in areas where there is almost no

water. Keeping this biome dry for the desert plants will be a major drainage operation, and when it opens it will, says Tim Smit, further enhance Eden's progress towards the status of one of the world's `must see' tourist destinations. Outside the biomes, the gardens at the Eden Project are planted with many plants that are native to Cornwall. In each area, visitors will learn about the intimate connection between the plants and the human population. There are many other attractions, too, including some fine sculptures. The aim of this most exciting and ambitious project has always been both to entertain and to educate.

Regular talks, workshops and demonstrations take place in the Living Theatre of Plants and People, with different themes for each month, and in the Eden Arena some of the world's most famous and talented musicians and performers help to raise funds for the Eden Trust, supporting artists from developing countries. Three restaurants offer a wide range of dishes that reflect the enormous variety of the ingredients grown on site, and there are juice bars and small refreshment outlets around the site