Cornwall Tourism Guide

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Lost Gardens of Heligan

Nowadays the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall is one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK.  Heligan House and gardens was originally bought by the Tremayne family in the sixteenth century. Although the estate had a long history, like a number of other historic homes in the UK it fell into serious decay and by the 1970s the gardens were so overgrown that they couldn’t be seen. When the last occupying Tremayne family died childless the estate was taken over by a trust composed of extended Tremayne family members. Eventually the garden was restored to its former state.

The Gardens of Heligan are extremely popular with visitors and is laid out as a typical nineteenth century garden with different areas and types of flora and fauna. The gardens are also home to a series of lakes fed by a ram pump that is over a hundred years old. There is an Italian garden and some wonderful flower and vegetable gardens. Europe’s one remaining pineapple pit is also at the Heligan gardens that is kept going by rotting manure and overlooked by two figures made from a mixture of rocks and plants and known as the Giant’s Head and the Mud Maid.

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