Super scented trees at Tregothnan
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, and last week Fowey Primary school visited to watch their tree being cut then towed Saffron the Suffolk punch horse and his sleigh.
Plantation Manager Brian Eyers said: “It’s so wonderful to see customers returning year after year for such a magical Christmas adventure. Many visited 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 fast-growing variety as an alternative Christmas tree. Tregothnan’s cultivating experiments of this pine have been inspired by the exploits of plant collector William Lobb, from Cornwall, who brought the tree to the Duchy in 1854.
Head Gardener Neil Bennett said: “We love to pioneer new plants and we are growing a few hundred Radiata Pines to be cut and sold fresh – they seem to love our inimitable Cornish climate and are perfect Christmas trees,” he added.
The Christmas Cabin will be open to offer Tregothnan teas and apple juices to warm visitors. Christmas tree prices start at £22. Saws are lent, but it is recommended that people bring their own spades to dig (and wear wellies!) Follow arrow signs from Tresillian to TR2 4AJ.