Father’s Day Wildlife Gardening Special

Friday 8th June 2018

Sunday 17th June is Father’s Day and if you are looking for somewhere to take that garden loving man in your family then Lethytep at Lanreath should be top of the list.

This stunning 52 acre garden at Penadlake is a haven designed specifically to attract wildlife and is opening in support of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens scheme on Sunday from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Admission to the garden is £5 per adult, with under 16s free. Pasties, cream teas, and beverages will be provided by Crantocks Bakery, Roddas and Cornish Coffee. Sorry, no dogs at this garden due to wildlife.

Wild flower meadows descend to three large ponds full of aquatic plants, birds and insects. A meandering path leads along a grass meadow, down through the woods then out onto a wetland area full of wildflowers, orchids, dragonflies and butterflies. Gardeners will enjoy this one just as much as the wildlife does.

The wildlife areas came about when after keeping cattle and sheep for nearly 50 years owners Philip and Faith Hambly saw the effect of modern farming methods, and how the prolific use of artificial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides took a terrible toll on wildlife. That experience kindled their interest in more sustainable ways of behaving as stewards of the countryside and managed wildlife habitats was their response.

There is a large area of car parking and you can’t miss the signs. They have been specially produced by Philip Hambly in the shape of Kingfishers with the beak of the bird showing the way. Apart from the splendid gardens moth and scything displays are planned.

Chris Betty, Communications Officer for the Trust, says,

“We are so grateful to the owners who open their gardens for the Trust and Lethytep is an old friend. We are sure you will enjoy visiting this one just as much as the wildlife does. The whole family is welcomed, not just the dads!”

This is the eighth year running that the Trust has held their highly successful Open Gardens scheme. Other gardens opening for the Trust in 2018 are: 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 of the Lethytep event and all the other gardens opening this year can be found at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens