Thursday, 24 November 2011


Over the coming weeks we will be planting 20 trees within our grounds, bringing our total to over 1000 trees planted across our 72 acres over the past 15 years.

Tregenna Castle Hotel is situated at the top of the town in St.Ives, with beautiful gardens and woodlands complete with breathtaking views of the bay. With 30 Monterey Pines already planted over the past few months, the children of Tregenna's Castle Kids Nursery helped plant the 31st tree on Tuesday 22nd November, leaving a legacy for many years to come.

Monterey Pines were brought to Cornwall during the Victorian era, especially popular in the area due to being fast growing and tolerant of the prevailing South Westerly winds. Tregenna have been planting the Monterey Pines around the south boundary of their grounds, acting as a windbreak and protection from the weather, as well as honoring this local heritage.

Bill Price, our Head Gardener explains:
"Monterey Pines are a coastal pine tree, ideally suited for planting on the coast near to the sea as they can survive windy conditions which are frequent on our coastline. As well as being used to protect Tregenna's grounds, we are pleased to be honoring the heritage of this breed of tree which started to be planted here during Victorian times."

James Parker, our Operations Director continues:
"Over the past fifteen years Tregenna has undergone a running programme of planting, bringing our total to over 1000 trees. Over that time we have done a great deal of work in the grounds to bring them back to their original splendor. Thanks to the dedicated grounds team, we have painstakingly brought our woodlands and nature trail back to life - including installing over 40 bird boxes and clearing our ravine. At Tregenna we are lucky to have a range of different tree species and plants in addition to the Monterey Pines, accompanied by the bright colours of rhododendrons and azaleas which are in abundance.

"We are delighted that the children who attend our day care - Castle Kids - were able to help us plant one of the remaining 20 Monterey Pines that will complete our 50 new trees in the grounds. Jonathan Chaffin is one of our Gardeners at Tregenna and his son - Joseph, who attends Castle Kids - helped his dad to dig the hole and place the tree along with all of the children. So hopefully Joseph and the rest of the children will be able to visit their Monterey Pine for decades to come!"

Everyone is welcome at Tregenna Castle Hotel, with its 72 acre estate overlooking St Ives bay. You do not need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy its facilities which include woodland walks, various sporting activities, hair and beauty, swimming pools, gym and Brasserie.

Tregenna currently have a range of special offers available, including "two for one" on cream teas and "buy one lunch, get another for 1p". For more info and to download offers, have a read through the rest of our blog.

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