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Trengwainton sensory trail map
Trengwainton sensory trail map

Trengwainton Heritage Project Sharing Day

Saturday 5th December 2015 - The Exchange Gallery Penzance, Engine Room

A day of free talks, archive materials and displays throughout Saturday 5th December to celebrate World Soil Day.

The day will share the research collated so far in this innovative 2.5 year digital heritage project uncovering the stories of the people, plants and place of Trengwainton Garden, near Penzance.  

10am   Doors open

10.30am   Intro to project - Barbara Santi

10.50am   Talk 1: Cornwall Records Office

11.15am   Talk 2: Cornwall Archaeology Unit

11.40am   Short story inspired by Trengwainton's history - Pauline Sheppard

12.00pm   Q&A's / sharing memories

12.30pm   Displays on show incl. Archive materials & Newlyn School / Mounts Bay School

2pm   Intro - Barbara Santi

2.15pm   Talk 3: Trengwainton Garden - Phil Griffiths, Head Gardener

2.35pm   Talk 4: Micro propagating at Duchy College

2.55pm   Talk 5: Keith Spurgin - Botanist

3.15pm   Q&A's / sharing memories

3.45 - 5pm   Collecting memories & Displays on show

Please bring any photos, films and stories of Trengwainton to be part of the archive and if you or anyone you know has any connections with Trengwainton we'd like to hear from you.  Contact barbara@awen.org.uk.


Trengwainton Heritage Project
a story of people, plants and place

An innovative 2.5 year digital heritage project exploring and celebrating the story of one of West Cornwall's most beautiful garden, Trengwainton, in Madron near Penzance.

Archive photo of Trengwainton gardeners

Trengwainton Garden is an approximately 25 acre estate renowned for its exotic plants, its magnificent walled garden and a dwelling on the site since at least the 16th century.  Trengwainton has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1961 with the house still being the home of the Bolitho family who bought the property in 1867.
Our project will work with volunteers, schools and local community groups over the next 2.5 years to interpret the story of Trengwainton Garden.  We will identify the unsung heroes both past and present, reveal hidden histories and celebrate in it's horticultural heritage through an interactive documentary, an app, exhibitions, talks and book.

Cornwall has a rich horticultural heritage. Thanks to the pioneers who travelled the world to find exotic plants, the Victorian plant hunters were botanical adventurers who went to the ends of the world to find specimens for country estates. It is easy to forget that some of the plants that thrive in Cornish soils are a direct result from such expeditions.

(picture: archive photo of Trengwainton gardeners)


Creative and history based workshops will take place throughout the project to interpret the archive materials and research held at Trengwainton as well as adding to its collection for future generations to enjoy.  

Magnolia Tree
Magnolia Tree

2015 marks the UN’s International Year of Soils. The project will draw on the extensive local knowledge of the various community groups and schools who use Trengwainton as a source of inspiration and teaching of growing, planting and eating local produce.

Prize certificates displayed on the ceiling of the Bothy
Prize certificates displayed on the ceiling of the Bothy


Barbara Santi


Barbara Santi


June 2015