The last year has been tough for everyone including charity fundraisers. Events have been cancelled and income sources have dried up. At Cornwall Hospice Care the team are raring to go to help fund the care provided at the healthcare charity’s two hospices. Both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice at St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle have remained open 24/7 throughout the pandemic and now spring has brought the hope of real, face to face activities in support of the nursing teams.

In its 9th year, Cornwall Hospice Care is launching its extremely popular Open Gardens scheme. Charity supporters get to visit picturesque Cornish gardens like the one at the Hotel Meudon at Mawnan Smith that’s picture below, opened by their generous owners. Sadly, last year’s scheme was cancelled, but Event Organiser Hayley Cayton has high hopes for 2021; “We have renewed optimism and are full of hope that this year’s scheme will be a roaring success, helping to raise much needed funds to provide care to the terminally ill patients and their families who need us.”


Opening again this year is The Lodge (pictured below), a beautiful 3-acre riverside garden at Fletcher’s Bridge near Bodmin, which boasts an exciting new feature of a range of abstract sculptures complementing the garden’s natural features. Another regular entry is the Tanglewood Wild Gardens near Penzance with 9 acres of woodland and ponds kept as wild and natural as possible to encourage a huge array of wildlife.

Welcome to new gardens

Hayley Cayton again; “We’re also welcoming a number of new participants, including Arundell, a garden nestled between two beautiful beaches near Crantock on the exposed North Cornish coast, the Trevince Estate near Redruth that was designed and planted more than 200 years ago with its 18th century walled garden and wilderness walk and the Caerhays Estate at Gorran near St Austell with a 140-acre traditional woodland garden.”

This year Cornwall Hospice Care is also launching a new addition to the Open Gardens campaign, a selection of virtual garden visits. The videos aim to give people who’re still unsure about venturing out, a chance to view picturesque Cornish gardens from their own homes.

Hayley adds; “It’s so exciting to be launching the scheme this year, after its cancellation in 2020. There’s a lot of hunger for people to get out and about exploring what our beautiful county has to offer. It’s great to welcome both new and existing gardens to the scheme, without their hard work and commitment this campaign wouldn’t be as successful as it has been over the last 9 years”.

You can listen to a newly recorded Cornwall Hospice Care Podcast with Cornish Gardener George Kestell (pictured below) who supports the Open Gardens campaign, here – 

Watch out mid-April for a stunning film George has made with us as he takes a tour round the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.


You can browse our online Open Gardens 2021 guide and find out more about the individual gardens.