September 9th, 2016


The ongoing task of keeping the Leat watercourse clear of unwanted debris and excessive growth continued apace on Monday and Tuesday 22nd/23rd August. Some of the residents joined a number of volunteers and outside agencies to remove close to 50 dumpy bags of green waste. This was another mammoth effort in continuation of the terrific work recently undertaken by residents at the western end of Brookside to the foot of Cox Hill. On this occasion the team completed the Brookside stretch and continued all the way along to the Grille at Station Road.

So who formed this team and where did they all come from? Well, in addition to several villagers (notably David Firth, Rob Pippin, Tony Murley, Sue and Sam Reed and lastly Paul Shevlin), Adam Nicholls (Tregothnan Estates) brought in the services of ‘Celtic Clearance’ who supplied the essential mechanical hardware (i.e. chain saws, strimmers, etc. – all were certainly needed near the old methodist chapel), task awareness and bulk waste disposal capability. Adam also contacted the good people of Robert Owen Communities (ROC) Boscawen Farm at Blackwater to see if they wanted to revisit the site they worked so hard on 18 months previously. Only too pleased to help and under the direction of Mr Les Hosking, the spirit of the ROC team and their willingness to get stuck in proved invaluable and the difference they made is clear for all to see. Vikki Bendle from Business in the Community (The Prince’s Responsible Business Network) also lent an additional pair of hands and finally we managed to get hold of some essential hand tools and safety equipment by booking the Cormac Community Tool Trailer. Sustained with refreshments by Gill Knill and sausage rolls donated by Chacewater Bakery, everyone played their part in what was truly fabulous couple of days of community activity that has made a real difference. So a huge thanks to one and all on behalf of everyone in Chacewater village for a job well done.

Key Contacts:

ROC Boscawen Farm, which offers a farm based day service work experience and training for people with a learning difficulty: 01872 560530/boscawen@roc-uk.org

The Cormac Tool Trailer which provides a plethora of tools and safety equipment to enable community clean/clear up schemes: Rebecca Dickson at rdickson@cormacltd.co.uk

Celtic Clearance for your bulk green waste disposal: 01872 561389/celticclearance@live.co.uk

Rural Business Connector – Vikki Bendle: 07833 236899/Vikki.Bendle@bitcconnect.rog


The lessons identified were two basic points. First, if every householder living along the course of the Leat was able to give just two hours a year (an hour in April and another in September) to maintaining their stretch of the Leat, then there would be no real need to gather so many volunteers each year. Secondly, were we all able to just look over our fences to see the negative impact that unwanted garden waste or litter has in terms of blocking sections of the watercourse, perhaps we might think twice about what we are all doing. The amount of litter collected in late August was simply staggering and reflects badly on us all as a community. However, most of this litter was old, so it seems we are at least trying to reverse the current trend in this area.


So what next? Historically, we know the Autumn/Winter period is the most challenging in terms of likely flood waters (not that this Summer has been exactly dry!) so the Flood Working Group will be looking at the grips and drains on Cox Hill as well as along the High Street towards Scorrier. It will be focusing on two specific Public Rights of Way – opposite Thornleigh Cottage (Cox Hill) and near Salem (High Street) – as these appear to be specific areas of excess water flow during periods of heavy rainfall that undoubtedly impacts on the village. There is a need to revisit the stretch of Leat from Buckingham Nip to the west entrance to the Terrace and experiment with black membrane to see if the weeds can be kept more effectively at bay along its base. We will also be asking Cory to undertake a good roadsweep of known sycamore leaf fall areas in mid November. Finally, a representative from the village will attend the next Cornwall Community Flood Forum at Truro Town Hall (6th October) to see if we can learn more from other water management bodies.

350 years ago today, an accidental spark from a baker’s oven set the city alight…

September 2nd, 2016


In the early hours of Sunday September 2 1666, a small fire started in a baker’s shop on Pudding Lane and spread rapidly across the city of London. The Great Fire raged until September 5, causing death and destruction and left around 100,000 people homeless.

Now, 350 years later, we are commemorating the event that changed the recognisable face of the city with St Paul’s Cathedral, which was largely destroyed in the blaze. Tregothnan has teamed up with St Paul’s to create a very special smoked tea, using wood sourced from trees over 350 years old to smoke the tea leaves from our plantations.

The tea is now being sold exclusively in the St Paul’s Cathedral gift shop, so if you are in London or heading there during September, make sure you stop off for your limited edition Tregothnan and St Paul’s Great Fire Tea!

Our very own MD took on a ‘never been done before’ challenge to raise money for Cancer Research

August 17th, 2016

21c92f3e-c733-4f38-ac32-d53bfd5458e5Jonathon Jones, Managing Director of Trading, undertook an epic windsurfing challenge from Cornwall to The Isles of Scilly in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Last Monday, against the prevailing winds, Jonathon tackled the 30 mile trip by windsurfing from Lands End in Cornwall to Tresco, The Scilly Isles. He decided to attempt the challenge because he was impressed by the fundraising team from Cancer Research who helped at the UK’s largest garden opening at Tregothnan in April 2015.

Jonathon said: “I will be drinking the pioneering Tregothnan tea on the crossing from a special backpack!”. Training included a week sailing up the coast of Brazil in tough South Atlantic conditions. “The training has been really difficult but it’s so motivating to know that the money raised will be helping Cancer Research UK to bring forward the day when more cancers are cured.”

From his windsurfing challenge, Jonathon has already raised a substantial sum of money to fund life-saving research to help more men, women and children in Cornwall and across the UK survive the disease.

The World’s Largest Tea Chest stacks up for The Royal Cornwall Show

July 2nd, 2016


Our famous Tregothnan tea chests are now officially recognised as the largest in the World! Our tea chest is a firm favourite at the Royal Cornwall Show where last week we served over 3,000 cups of British tea from Tregothnan, and many of those with a scone and cream on the side…

The RAF Falcons parachute display team, pictured above with our foliage-filled Spitfire aeroplane, wowed crowds around the arena with their daredevil display, and then dropped into see us for a cup of Churchill’s Finest tea afterwards.

The Royal Cornwall Show, which ran from Thursday 9th until Saturday 11th June, was also a great success for the Tregothnan Driving Friesian Horses – our horse and carriage pairing who entered into three classes at the show. Prizes were scooped in Private Driving, Concourse D’Elegance and the Cornish Class where we were placed 1st, gaining the overall Best Exhibit in the Championship.

The Cornwall Community Foundation joined us at our stand opposite the main arena, as Tregothnan raises awareness for the charity through the Royal Cornwall Show and makes a donation from the proceeds of the Show to help fund the community projects they are involved in. See their website for further details: www.cornwallfoundation.com

Our True (Red, White and) Blue Celebration of British Flowers Week 2016

June 13th, 2016


It is a week full of celebration for all things great about Great Britain and Monday marked the start of British Flowers Week. 
This annual celebration of seasonal and locally grown cut flowers and foliage is uniting the UK and shining a spotlight on where our flowers come from. This issue is close to our hearts at Tregothnan where we only ever use flowers from our own gardens or growers.

Here are some top tips as to why British Flowers are better:

 1  British flowers are super-fresh from the farm – minimum distance for maximum vase life
 2  British flowers and foliage show the seasons to the best
 3  Many British flowers have delicious fragrance – they don’t just look pretty, they smell exquisite too.
 4  British grown flowers are excellent value for money, supplied when they are at their seasonal best.