Christmas Trees at Tregothnan

November 28th, 2014

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It’s that time of year again! Tregothnan’s famous Christmas Tree Experience is now open every day until 23rd December from 9am – 5pm. A wonderful family day out, the free-entry event offers visitors the opportunity to select, cut, or dig their own conifer. The estate has already supplied big trees to Truro Cathedral, Fifteen Cornwall, Trelissick Gardens and The Alverton Manor.

Plantation Manager Will Attlee said: “It’s so wonderful to see customers returning year after year for such a magical Christmas adventure. Many visited for the first time as children with their parents and now return with their own children, to continue the family tradition.”

This year, there is a new growing area dedicated to super-scented Radiata Pines. Native to California and Mexico, Tregothnan is the only place in the UK offering this unusual super-scented variety as the ultimate Christmas tree to evoke the scent of Christmas from our childhood. Tregothnan’s cultivating experiments with this pine have been inspired by the exploits of Cornish plant collector William Lobb, who first brought this tree to the Duchy in 1854.

Head Gardener Neil Bennett said: “We love to pioneer new plants and we are growing a hundreds of our own extra scented pine this year. Cut and sold fresh – they truly are the perfect Christmas trees.”

First brought back from California in 1854 by Cornish plant Collector William Lobb, the super-scented pine has been carefully cultivated and bred for its beautiful shape and scent.

The Christmas Cabin will be open to offer Tregothnan teas to warm visitors and our range of wreaths will also be available. Christmas tree prices start at £15. Please bring your own saws and spades to dig (and wear wellies!) Follow arrow signs from Tresillian to TR2 4AJ.

Cornwall Bee Summit

October 15th, 2014

TREGOTHNAN has been creating a buzz this week by hosting The inaugural Bee Summit.

The event, held at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge brought bee experts together to discuss the hot topics surrounding bee keeping, land management and the use of pesticides.

Chairing the discussion was MP Sarah Newton who is also a keen bee keeper. Her introduction preceded a recorded welcome message from BBC correspondent and bee-lover Martha Kearney sharing her support for the project.

Each of fourteen guest speakers gave insight into their specialist fields which ranged from pollination to scientific research into pests and the dangers they pose to the future health of bees.

Tregothnan’s own head beekeeper Alice Margetts and her father CJ Coleman, who is internationally-renowned for his work with bees, were both on the panel.

The summit concluded with a lively question and answer session in which local beekeepers, farmers and members of the NFU and group BugLife all took the opportunity to grill the panel.

The Honourable Mrs Boscawen said

“Tregothnan is delighted to have brought together such diverse interests for the first time. Cornwall is perhaps the best placed area in the world to lead practical research into bees, for example we have the largest introduced flora in the world.’

Tregothnan announced the first bee apprenticeship of its kind and will post updates and a video of the summit on its website.

A future bee summit is planned to review progress on the commitments made at the summit and in The national pollination strategy.

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HRH Duke of Edinburgh visits Tregothnan to plant tea.

August 4th, 2014

We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the Estate on 1st August. The visit, inspired by the Prince’s inspection of our stand at the Chelsea Flower Show allowed His Royal Highness to inspect our tea gardens first hand.

During his visit, the Prince planted a Camellia sinensis tea bush in the Himalayan Valley tea garden, saw our tea machine in action, learned from our Beekeeper about the Manuka honey produced on the Estate and sprinkled our Manuka Smoking Chips on a barbeque fuelled by our very own Tregothnan charcoal. Finally, His Royal Highness planted a Royal Oak Quercus robur in the Jubilee Woods with the Parishioners of St Michael Penkivel.

Despite the rain, the visit went down a treat and we were able to present His Royal Highness with a selection of Tregothnan’s finest produce, including one of our eye-catching Edible Bouquets.

Drawing on 200 years of experience in growing Camellias for ornamental purposes, tea is now thriving in small gardens in many areas of the Estate. Herbal and fruit teas are also increasing in production in other areas of Tregothnan both in Cornwall and Kent.

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Tregothnan Green Tea and Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

April 24th, 2014

Spring is definitely in full swing, and what better way to enjoy this gorgeous bit of sunshine than with a healthy summery smoothie? Frozen fruit is just as good as fresh, and this combo makes it super tasty as well as being full of anti-oxidants and nutrients. The recipe makes 2 breakfast servings, or 4 smaller snack cups.

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Ingredients

1 cup of brewed Tregothnan Green Tea, cooled to room temperature, available here

2 ripe bananas

1 cup frozen cranberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen blackberries

10 frozen whole strawberries

1/2 cup plain soy milk

4 tablespoons of Cornish clear honey or light brown sugar, available here

Method

Quick and easy! Simply whirl all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

The Tregothnan Shepherd Hut

April 22nd, 2014

New for 2014 is a spectacular addition to our Wild Escapes holidays – The Tregothnan Shepherd’s Hut. Nestled in the creekside village of Coombe with views over the Fal Estuary, it is perfect for those who want to leave their modern world behind for the ultimate getaway.

Visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds by sharing the cottage with friends or family whilst relishing their own retreat and absolute privacy in the hut. A traditional shepherd’s hut from the outside and an indulgent retreat inside. Within this bespoke craftsman-built shelter is a romantic bed alcove with a double bed, kitchen and dining area.

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Our shepherd’s huts have been designed and built to exacting standards by Tony Brown, who has lived on the Tregothnan Estate for many years. His business came into being purely by chance; when his partner Carole said that it would be nice to have a shepherd’s hut to practice playing her music in, Tony decided that he would build her one himself. With no plans but memories from the film Far From The Madding Crowd, Tony built Carole the most beautiful hideaway. We would now like to share our special sanctuaries which reflect times gone by.

More details and booking info can be found here.