One of Cornwall’s most beautiful gardens, Antony Woodland Garden, reopens to the public on 1st March

Renowned as a haven of peace and tranquillity, the gardens are just a short ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of Plymouth.

This year the Carew Pole Garden Trust, which runs the gardens, is hoping more people than ever before will visit the unique location, an International Camellia Gardens of Excellence.

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Former President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Richard Carew Pole, comments “This is not the lost garden of Cornwall, but the undiscovered one. Sitting on the banks of the Lynher the garden has something for both serious gardeners and those after a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings.”

The gardens, near Torpoint, run along the Lynher Estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are also renowned for their stunning magnolias, rhododendrons, wildflowers and sculptures – loved by professional and amateur gardeners alike.

The magnificent variety of flora and fauna has been planted by successive generations of the Carew Pole family, who have lived at Grade I listed Antony House, since the early 18th Century.

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The 100-acre garden is home to more than six hundred different varieties of camellias, including the National Collection of Camellia japonica, and nearly two hundred and fifty different types of magnolias.

And they come alive in the spring with walks covered in wild flowers including celandines, primroses, bluebells and campion.

The gardens are divided into two areas – the Woodland Garden and the Woodland Walk, situated where the River Lynher flows into the Tamar, with breath-taking views across to Brunel’s Royal Albert Rail Bridge. The gardens offer visitors beautiful walks, stunning scenery and the chance to see wild birds, including oystercatchers, grey herons, egrets, cormorants and shelducks along the estuary.

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The Woodland Garden is made up of the Wilderness and Westdown – these two areas are joined by the Garden Field – a mixture of ornamental trees planted with flowering shrubs and daffodils.

The gardens reopen on Wednesday, March 1st, and tickets cost £6, with children under-16 entering free.

They are open from 11am until 5pm every day except Mondays and Fridays, although they will be open over Bank Holidays and Good Friday.

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Season tickets admit two adults and two children throughout the season for just £30, with the added bonus of being able to bring their dogs on leads to enjoy the Woodland Walk.

To visit the Antony Woodland Garden Website click here.

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