Children from Probus School made the most of their special connection with the Trewithen Estate to spend a day there learning about the popular attraction.

Using the gardens' most magnificent trees and their history as inspiration, the boys and girls from year 4 wrote their own poems and acted out fantasy plays to describe what they saw.

As well as Champion Trees – species with the tallest or largest girths of their variety in the British Isles – the children used "romantic" rhododendrons, old and wispy birch, tree ferns that looked like pineapples and some that were so old they "looked like they were being held up by walking sticks."

Erin who is 9 really enjoyed her day out. She said: "I like all of the gardens as there are so many nice plants and flowers. We have been learning about the trees and plants for our poems and searching for flowers."

Another, Courtney, also 9, said: "I think the moss on the trees is beautiful and I've enjoyed looking at the Champion Trees. I'll also remember the wasps coming out of one of the tree trunks!"

Tony Bowyer is the year 4 teacher at the school who brings the children to Trewithen every year.

He said: "We are so lucky to be able to use Trewithen as the children's "outdoor school". As part of their overall project on Cornwall, we have been using Trewithen as a case study for why people visit the county which is fantastic because it is very popular and has so much history."

Gary Long, Head Gardener at Trewithen, started inviting children from the school when his daughter was in the class two years ago.

He said: "As a father, I think it is very important that children get outdoors and to be able to experience somewhere like Trewithen is hugely beneficial for their well-being and education."