After a battering from the recent storms, Trewithen Gardens in Probus is pulling out all the stops to make sure that they’re ready to re-open to visitors on 1 March.

Whilst the whole of Cornwall has been recovering from the storms for the last couple of weeks, head gardener Gary Long had thought that the gardens at Trewithen had escaped the worst of it. So he was shocked to find that upon entering the gardens in mid-February that several trees had lost branches, and some had even been ripped completely from the ground, thanks to the recent gales sweeping across the Duchy.

“There seemed to be no pattern at all – trees and branches have fallen in seemingly random places,” he said. “Which just proves how strong the wind must have been! We’ve certainly got our work cut out to ready the gardens for the opening on 1 March.”

Thankfully there was no serious damage to the estate itself or any of the buildings, and the team are still on track for early spring visitors to come and enjoy the gardens. Signs of March approaching are very much in the air now and Gary has recently spotted the first fully bloomed magnolia – a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.

The garden, which is one of only 30 in the world awarded “Garden of Excellence” status by the International Camellia Society, is opening this year from March to June, and visitors will be able to enjoy the woodlands, a variety of flowers, champion trees and red squirrel enclosure – which is a fairly recent instalment. Trewithen Gardens also has a shop and café for those looking to make a day of it.