A group of excited school children have visited Trewithen's red squirrels to inspire their poetry projects.

The year 4 children, from Probus School, caught a glimpse of the squirrels, a male and two females, as they peered into their specially built enclosure.

With shrieks of "they are so cute", the children gathered notes from the information boards to use in their haiku poems.

Teacher, Tony Bowyer, brings his year 4 classes to Trewithen every year.

He said: "We bring the children to the gardens as it really opens their minds creatively. This is the first time I have seen a red squirrel in Cornwall so even I am excited!"

The children also toured the garden and took inspiration from the collection of 24 Champion Trees.

Head Gardener, Gary Long, said: "We are always very pleased to welcome Mr Bowyer and his class to the garden and we know they enjoy it as we can hear them from the other side of the garden!"

Trewithen is open to the public until the end of September. For more information, visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk or call 01726 883647.

Ends 10 July 2012

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