The Lost Gardens of Helligan, Pentewan
15 Jun 2016

The Lost Gardens of Helligan

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Photograph by Julian Stephens ©

For a real-life ‘Secret Garden’ experience head to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. They were only discovered 25 years ago on a grand estate, which now amasses to 200 acres of cultivated and farmed land, planted plots for pleasure and Cornwall’s only outdoor jungle garden. It’s here where visitors can duck and dive under giant rhubarb, banana plantations and avenues of palms before passing ponds on a raised boardwalk. The sub-tropical environment also contains a 100-foot-high Burmese rope bridge, which is not for the acrophobic. Keep an eye out for the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady on the Woodland Walk before stopping off at the Heligan Kitchen and Bakery.

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