London, September 2021 : The Massey Partnership have been appointed to represent The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most mysterious and magical gardens in the UK. Having admired the gardens for many years and visited several times over the years The Massey Partnership are honoured to be working on such a wonderful project.
Heligan is one of the most intriguing estates in England. The seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, its thousand acres were flourishing by the end of the 19th Century, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this ‘Sleeping Beauty’. After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned The Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history.
However, curiosity and passion led to the discovery of a tiny room, buried under fallen masonry in the corner of one of the walled gardens, which was to unlock the secret of the garden’s demise. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or to slumber” with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. Fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life the guardians of these magnificent groups now tell tales of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.
Today Heligan’s 200 acres are now a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic. Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds beckon along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. The Jungle takes explorers on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and under majestic tree ferns, giant rhubarb, and bananas whilst the estate reveals a lost world of traditional breeds, wildlife and ancient woodlands. In 2008 Gardens were granted National Collection Holder status by Plant Heritage for its historic and unique National Collection: Camellias and Rhododendrons Introduced to Heligan pre-1920.
There are more than 70 veteran camellias and 350 ancient rhododendrons included in the collection, which are found throughout Heligan. The earliest plantings date from around 1850. During the period of decline in the gardens and estate, many plants, both wild and cultivated, flourished unrestrained. The specimens of Heligan’s National Collection were given both time and the protection of surrounding overgrowth to mature into the magnificent specimens, which can be marvelled at today.
Alongside the magical gardens visitors can enjoy dining from The Kitchen, under the leadership of Nat Tallents, producing seasonal all-day dining with the very best local produce.
The Garden’s calendar is packed with events to delight all ages, from the Rare Breed month, entertaining Halloween trails and the Christmas Grotto, the best musical talent playing on the lawns, enchanting lantern nights, survival training and more – with much planned for 2022.
Diana Massey, Charlotte Allen and Florence Bate
The Massey Partnership
Tel +44 7939584215
Notes to Editors
The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered from the brambles of time by Tim Smit and John Willis, who were the catalysts for a 30 year project that continues to this day. Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for the ground breaking restoration project.
Over 200 acres are now a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic. Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds beckon, along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. The Jungle takes you on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and under majestic tree ferns, giant rhubarb, and bananas whilst the estate reveals a lost world of traditional and rare breeds, wildlife and ancient woodlands.
Heligan is a garden for all seasons, so whether you plan to visit in the hazy buzz of mid-summer, or the tranquillity of winter, you are guaranteed a unique experience.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a member of The Great Gardens of Cornwall, a group of the finest Cornwall gardens. Open 364 days a year, pre-booking is essential at this time.