TV’s John Craven on why he admires the Lost Gardens of Heligan
BBC presenter John Craven has praised the Lost Gardens of Heligan, saying it is a “glorious tribute to Britain’s gardening heritage.”
The gardens have now been nominated for an award by the Countryfile presenter.
The tourist attraction, near St Austell, is in the ‘Britain’s favourite heritage site’ category of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.
Mr Craven said: “I discovered them this year on holiday, but restoration actually began in the 1990s.
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“The 1,000 acres of formal gardens and woods were at their peak until being abandoned after the First World War.
“Now, they are a glorious tribute to Britain’s gardening heritage.”
Also shortlisted is St Ives, in the ‘Britain’s favourite market town’ category.
And Cornwall itself has been nominated as ‘Britain’s favourite holiday destination’.
The nominees in the favourite market town category were selected by travel writer Brigid Benson, who said: “Washed by ethereal light, St Ives has long inspired artists. The sandy beaches and harbour are a hub of colourful activity.”
Now in their third year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are a celebration of the countryside and its people.
The magazine is now asking the public to vote for their favourites. Voting closes on September 30.
Full details can be found at www.countryfile.com/awardsvote.