Lost Gardens of Heligan welcomes five millionth visitor

Cornwall restored garden Heligan has attracted 5m visitors since opening in 1989.

Heligan's five millionth visitors with Kate Humble
Heligan's five millionth visitors with Kate Humble

On 4 October the Lost Gardens of Heligan welcomed its five millionth visitor to the historic gardens since it opened to the public in 1989..

Heligan marketing manager Lorna Tremayne said:  "Next year, we will celebrate 25 years since Tim Smit and John Nelson first started uncovering the gardens. To be here a quarter of a century later knowing how much pleasure these unique gardens have given to so many is simply heartwarming."

Last month, the Lost Gardens of Heligan won the European Garden Award in European Garden Heritage Network awards of 2014.

Nominations for the awards were based on innovative implementation and management; urban development aspects; sustainability; good visitor services and on the high quality of restoration afforded to the site.

George Elworthy, managing director for the Lost Gardens of Heligan, who picked up the award at the ceremony in Dusseldorf, Germany, said: "It is an honour to have been nominated and recognised by the European horticultural industry."




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