Popular Helford garden opens for Trust

Thursday 12th April 2018

View from Pedn Billy by Nigel Bligh

For the past three years Pedn Billy on the Helford Passage has been Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s most visited garden as part of their Open Gardens scheme, and on Sunday 22nd April first timers to this beautiful garden can find out why while regulars will love to visit it again.

Pedn Billy opens in spring with all that means to Cornwall, with bluebells, camellias, and other plants flowering well before the rest of the country. This is one of the county’s most beautiful and unique gardens, with wildflower areas, beautiful specimen trees, and terraced borders. Half of the twelve acres are ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and the Helford River to a private beach, which is one of its main attractions.

The garden in Bar Road, Helford Passage, will be open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Admission is £5 per adult, with under 16s free. Tea will be taken on the terrace, and pasties, cream teas, and beverages will be provided by Crantocks Bakery, Roddas and Cornish Coffee. Dogs are allowed on leads.

This is the eighth year running that the Trust has held their highly successful Open Gardens scheme which raises funds towards the protection of Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.

Chris Betty, Communication Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, says,

“Hundreds of people have visited Pedn Billy in the past and we are hoping that as many again will visit this year. It is a stunning and unique garden and even has its own private beach! Funds raised by gardens such as Pedn Billy are vital for us to continue our conservation work, on land and in our seas”.

To reach Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Cornwall, TR11 5LF from the A39 Falmouth or A394 Helston roads head towards Mabe and Burnthouse and then on through Mawnan Smith and past Glendurgan and Trebah Garden. 0.1 miles from the Trebah entrance on the left the road goes round to the right to Port Navas and Constantine. Do not continue to the right. Go straightish off the main road towards the Ferry Boat Inn. Take the first road to the right, Bar Road, before you go down the steep hill to The Ferry Boat. At the end of Bar Road, you will see Pedn Billy.


Other gardens opening for the Trust in 2018 are: April 29th Higher Trenedden, Peakswater; May 13th The Old Rectory, Boscastle; June 3rd Little Park, Malpas; June 17th Lethytep, Lanreath; June 24th Arundell, Crantock; July 8th Meadowside, Trevarth; July 22nd Trevoole, Praze-an-Beeble; August 5th Trenarth, Constantine; September 2nd South Bosent, Dobwalls; September 16th Marsh Villa Gardens, Par.
More details can be found on our Open Gardens page