The good life for wildlife at Meadowside

Thursday 28th June 2018

Meadowside, a six-acre smallholding in Redruth, is an excellent example of the “good life” and managed with wildlife in mind, it attracts hedgehogs, rabbits, and a large variety of birds and insects.

Visitors can experience this for themselves when Meadowside in Trevarth opens for Cornwall Wildlife Trust on Sunday July 8 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. 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. Dogs on leads are allowed.

The smallholding includes a large vegetable garden, two highly productive polytunnels, an orchard, fruit cage, and a glorious wildflower meadow with many southern marsh orchids. A walled garden has herbaceous plants and a shrub border, all planted to attract pollinators, as is the south facing gravel garden.

As well as the wildlife, there are sheep, pigs, hens, turkeys and bee hives, as well as an impressive array of vegetables grown in the garden.

Chris Betty, Communications Officer for the Trust says,

“We are delighted Meadowside is opening for the Trust again and for anyone interested in having a smallholding this should be of immense interest.”

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: 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 Meadowside event and all the other gardens opening this year can be found at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens