Lost Gardens of Heligan voted best heritage site by BBC Countryfile magazine readers
The Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell has been voted the best heritage site by readers of the BBC’s Countryfile magazine.
Staff at the tourist destination, which is famous for its botanic gardens, said they were delighted to have won the award.
“All of us here at Heligan are really delighted to have won such a fitting award from the people that matter the most, the public,” said marketing and media manager Lorna Tremayne.
“To be recognised as the best heritage site feels like the perfect accolade for Heligan in 2014. Thank you to everyone that voted.”
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In partnership with local theatre company WildWorks, The Lost Gardens will commemorate the centenary of World War One in a series of events throughout the year.
Ms Tremayne said: “From the start of the restoration, Heligan has acted as a living memorial to Heligan’s past gardeners.
“This year as we commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and the turning point in Heligan’s history we are continuing the restoration into the estate and turning the clock back 100 years."
Readers of Countryfile magazine also voted Cornwall as their favourite holiday destination.