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The Lost Garden of Heligan

by Jon Platt on November 29, 2017

The Lost Garden of Heligan

We didn’t plan to visit the Lost Garden of Heligan on our trip to Cornwall. We thought about visiting the Eden Project again after many years but had second thoughts when we considered the throngs of tourists. Then we spotted the signs of Heligan and decided to give it a go. And we’re so glad we did too. We were only missing a couple of young children to fully take advantage of this hidden gem. It’s a fantastic family day out!

The history of the Lost Garden of Heligan – in brief

At the end of the 19th Century, the Tremayne family left Heligan in a dreadful state. During the First World War, the allies used the Lost Garden of Heligan as a convalescence hospital for officers. Then during World War Two, American troops used Heligan as their base. The Tremayne family eventually sold the estate and yet it remained neglected. Thick brambles and sprawling ivy threatened to engulf the gardens forever.

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Enter John Willis! John is a descendant of the Tremayne family. He discovered the derelict gardens in the early 1990s and began a mammoth restoration project. One that still continues today. There is so much to explore! There’s secret gardens surrounded by high walls and ornate steps and a jungle complete with its own Burma rope bridge, water features and ferns.  There are wonderful woodland walkways and lush fields filled with wildflowers set to a backdrop of the ocean.