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Address and contact details
Feock, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
Tel: 01872 864826
Fax: 01872 865808
Latitude: 50° 13' 01" N
Longitude: 05° 01' 56" W
Background to the collection
Ownership:The National Trust
Umbrella organisation:National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, National Heritage Programme, The National Trust
W.B. Champion
Mr P. Mansfield
Contact person: W.B. Champion
Total Staff:4
Accessions:The National Trust Woody Plant Catalogue
Physical environment
Altitude:39 m
Soil type:Clay, acid
Aspect:North, east and varied
Total area:12 ha
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:11.4 °C
Av. monthly max:14.7 °C
Av. monthly min:8.1 °C
Absolute maximum:24.8 °C (1997)
Absolute minimum:-7.2 °C (1997)
Direction:South and west
Strength:Above average
Average annual:1067 mm
Month of maximum:August
Month of minimum:April
Plant collection
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
China, Eastern Asia, Australia, Western South America
Special families within the collections:
Hydrangeaceae, Flacourtiaceae, Rosaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Vitaceae, Aceraceae, Ericaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Magnoliaceae, Theaceae, Tiliaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Hydrangea, Decumaria, Pileostegia, Azara, Photinia, Narcissus, Ampelopsis, Parthenocissus, Cissus, Vitis, Rhododendron, Camellia, Magnolia
Special collections:
Azara, NCCPG – 11 Species, 5 Accessions, 30 Plants.
Vines, National Trust – 4 Genera, 21 Species, 40 Plants.
Hydrangea, National Trust – 20 Species, 250 Plants.
Narcissus Tazettas and Cornish cultivars, National Trust – 2 Species, 150 Plants.
Malus domestica Cornish cultivars, National Trust – 1 Genus, 85 Plants.
Photinia, NCCPG – 12 Species, 4 Accessions, 60 Plants.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1982
Record System:National Trust's Woody Plant Catalogue
Plant-collecting trips:National
Facilities on site
Library:Wood plant catalogue, publications on specific genera. No public access
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden guide, leaflets on the collection
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Potential for primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, brochures, guided trails, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, book shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:100,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sat: 10.30am-5.30pm summer, to 5pm in winter
Sun: 12.30-5.30pm summer
Guiding principles behind the collection
The planting style and content established by the Copeland family in the first half of this century was dense, lush and exotic, using spring trees and shrubs - rhododendrons and camellias being the most important genera. During the second half of the century, The National Trust, while continuing the earlier tradition, has developed the garden further for summer interest, particularly with mixed borders and a collection of hydrangeas and NCCPG collections of Azara and Photinia. Narcissus also plays an important role within the garden.
Location map

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