Relax to the sounds of summer in Trengwainton’s orchard

Posted on Thursday 7th June, 2018

Relax to the sounds of summer in Trengwainton’s orchard

On Saturday 30 June you can dance the afternoon and evening away to the sound of some of Cornwall’s finest live bands in the sheltered setting of the orchard at Trengwainton, the National Trust garden near Penzance.

Headlining will be the award-winning 3 Daft Monkeys; a dynamic, alternative folk band whose Celtic and Eastern influenced music is played with a sheer joy for life. They’ve enjoyed success all over the UK and Europe and regularly been a support act for legendary folk rock band The Levellers.

Starting the afternoon will be Holly Turton of Stone Roots, singing an acoustic set in her rich, soulful style. Flats and Sharps will be pumping out their energetic bluegrass, folk, country and pop along with The Smokin' Pilchards with their sea shanty inspired songs. Funk, soul and blues band Mitch B and the torpedoes will be playing groovy interpretations of some classics pop songs plus a set from their lead singer Ryan Jones.

National Trust Operations Manager for West Cornwall, Beth Rose, says: ‘Last year was our firstSummer Sounds in the Orchard event and the response was so positive that this year we’ve made it even bigger and better. We’re starting earlier in the afternoon and have booked extra acts so there’ll be more opportunity to kick back and soak up the sounds.

‘As well as a feast for the ears, there will also be the chance to feast on great barbecue food from Roseworthy Farms along with some tasty vegetarian options from The Little Wonder café. If all that singing and dancing causes you to build up a thirst then there’ll also be a licensed bar available.

The gates will open at 2.30pm and the music will kick-off at 3.00pm with bands performing until around 9.30, so bring a picnic rug or chair and settle down for over six hours of stonking good music.’

Tickets are incredibly good value at only £10 for adults and £5 for children when bought in advance (under 5s free). Be prepared for the vagaries of the Cornish weather as the event will only be cancelled in the event of extreme wet and windy conditions.

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Eden Project donates plants to spruce up hospital waiting rooms

Posted on Tuesday 29th May, 2018

Eden Project donates plants to spruce up hospital waiting rooms

 Staff at Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Eden Ward have thanked the Eden Project for brightening up their waiting rooms with beautiful plants.

Eden has a special relationship with the women’s ward at Treliske since patients and staff decided to rename it after the project in 2015.

Eden has donated pictures to display in the ward and commissioned an artist to create a mural inspired by the Rainforest Biome for the day room.

At Christmas 2016 and 2017 Eden sent Father Christmas and his elves to deliver gifts to patients and staff at Eden Ward.

Now Eden horticulturists Emma Gunn and Riyah Snow along with Chief Executive Gordon Seabright have delivered an array of plants to decorate two of the ward’s waiting rooms which are often used by patients awaiting surgery.

The rooms are now decorated with tropical foliage such as emerald palms, (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) areca palms (Dypsis lutescens) and luscious succulents such as Crassula.

Gordon said: “There is plenty of evidence that contact with plants speeds patients’ recovery.

“We are proud of our relationship with Eden Ward and we wanted to bring in some beautiful plants from Eden’s Biomes to brighten up the hospital for the staff and patients.”

Eden Ward Sister Tash Trewhela said: “A lot of our patients who come to the ward are going in for quite complicated surgery and it’s reassuring for them to see all these lovely plants and that the ward is well cared for.

“It’s all part of the patient’s journey and the plants have made the waiting rooms much more comfortable and homely. We are having lots of lovely comments about the plants.”

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Flamingos flock to Paradise Park in Hayle

Posted on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

Flamingos flock to Paradise Park in Hayle

Staff at Paradise Park in Hayle are tickled pink with the arrival of 5 new flamingos to join their flock.

Curator David Woolcock comments: “We are delighted with how quickly our new Caribbean Flamingos from Slimbridge have settled in. These new arrivals mean we now have 6 pairs. With the bigger flock size, this should mean we are in a stronger position to achieve breeding success in the future.

Our flamingos build their nests in the shallow muddy area, to the right of the lower pond. If you see just one egg then this will be a dummy made of wood to encourage them into the area.”

Flamingos are quite unmistakable, due to their remarkably long legs and neck, and distinctive pink plumage. Their legs let them wade in deep water, and they filter their food of algae and shrimp out of the mud. These are what give them their pink colouring.

Their necks have 17 cervical vertebrae, compared to 25 in swans, but each one is elongated giving the neck a stepped appearance. Flamingos form strong pair bonds, and just one egg is laid with both male and female feeding the chick on a special ‘crop milk’. They are long lived birds that can reach the age of 40, and able to breed from age 6.



Chilean tree expert in awe of Eden’s thriving monkey puzzle forest

Posted on Tuesday 15th May, 2018

Chilean tree expert in awe of Eden’s thriving monkey puzzle forest

The Eden Project’s work in preserving celebrated monkey puzzle trees as well as many other Chilean species has been praised by acclaimed documentary maker and author Rodrigo Fernandez, who has just published a definitive guide to trees from his home country growing abroad.

Rows of monkey puzzles and other Chilean plants are thriving on a quiet south-facing hillside just outside the former china clay quarry, home to Eden’s world-famous Biomes.

The Chilean arboretum was planted around the time Eden opened in 2001 as part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Conifer Conservation Programme. It was visited by Rodrigo during a stay in the UK to promote his lavish book Chilean Trees Around the World, a labour of love ten years in the making.

In Chile monkey puzzles – proper name Araucaria araucana and the National Tree of Chile – are under threat from disease and populations are fragmented. The trees appear on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list as endangered.

With their upturned branches and prickly leaves, monkey puzzles have a special place in Cornwall as they gained their common name when a specimen was planted in 1834 at Pencarrow House and a guest quipped that it would be a puzzle for a monkey. There are more than 70 planted in the arboretum at Eden.

Rodrigo said: “It is wonderful to see these trees and other trees and shrubs from my home country doing spectacularly well in Cornwall. In fact the monkey puzzles seem to grow better and faster here at Eden than in their native habitat and seem to love the climate here.

“With the forests in Chile under threat, it is very comforting to know that at Eden and in other places in the UK these trees are healthy and prospering. This is an important conservation story for now and for the future.”

Eden’s Director of Life Sciences Dr Mike Maunder said: “Eden works with conservation projects around the world and the Chilean plantings were amongst Eden’s earliest conservation initiatives.

“The feedback from Rodrigo was incredibly encouraging and we are planning to expand our monkey puzzle plantings with our partners at RBG Edinburgh. All conservation is based on partnerships and we are delighted to display the wonders of the Chilean forests to our guests and to provide a long term sanctuary for these iconic trees.”  

Rodrigo was visiting Eden with his wife Francisca Bustos, Chilean writer and photographer Iberia Torres and Peter West from the Anglo-Chilean Society.

The Chilean arboretum at Eden features in a chapter of Rodrigo’s book. The lavish study is a selection of 60 stories of Chilean trees around the world, encompassing 50 species.

Before presenting a signed copy for the Eden library, he gave a fascinating talk to Eden horticulturists about how plants from Chile have found their way into gardens across the globe and are particular favourites in the UK.

On their tour of the arboretum,  as well as viewing the monkey puzzles, the visiting party were able to see other fine specimen trees including Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) and the Cloud Podocarp (Podocarpus nubigenus).

Alongside the towering conifers are many plants that have become firm garden favourites in Britain. Examples of Fuchsia, Lobelia, Geum, Gunnera, Escallonia and Berberis form a key part of the collection.

The garden is filled with plants from the Valdivian Forests biodiversity hotspot in Central Chile, which represents almost one third of the world’s few remaining large tracts of relatively undisturbed temperate forest.

The collection began with collaboration between Eden, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and their International Conservation Conifer Programme.

The Chilean garden is open to the public and the entrance is behind Eden’s Pineapple car-park.

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Paddington Bear at Lappa Valley this May half term

Posted on Saturday 12th May, 2018

Paddington Bear at Lappa Valley this May half term

Everyone’s favourite bear will be stopping off at Lappa Valley on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May.

Paddington will be making appearances throughout both days at East Wheal Rose. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the magic of this wonderful day out.

Enjoy a mile long steam ride into the leisure park, once inside delight in all of the great attractions on offer including crazy golf, canoeing lake, toddler path maze, indoor play carriages, pedal cars, play areas, nature walks and a further two railways to explore.

Avoid the entrance queues and book your train tickets in advance!


£12.95 Adult
£10.50 Child (3-15 years)
£10.50 Over 60’s
£42.00 Family Saver (2 adults & 2 children)
£45.00 Family Super Saver (2 adults & 3 children)

The Ticket Office opens from 9:30am for on the day tickets.

EXTRA TRAINS! Trains departing from Benny Halt every 20 minutes!
9:40, 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00, 12:20, 12:40,
1:00, 1:20, 1:40, 2:00, 2:20, 2:40, 3:00, 3:20, 3:40, 4:00 4:20 & 4:40.

Annual Pass holders can enjoy the event at no additional cost!

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