Barbers’ Visit to Gardens of Cornwall

Gardens of Cornwall 1

Gardens of Cornwall 2

A group of 32 Company members and guests spent a happy 4 days in Truro visiting a number of gardens in the area. The visit had been organized by the late Liveryman Robert Robins, who very sadly died in February and so wasn’t able to experience the results of all his hard work. The visit was, for the most part, blessed with wonderful weather – although sadly a planned boat trip from Truro to Trelissick had to be cancelled because of strong winds, and the Saturday was, as a result, quite a chilly day. Friday provided an opportunity to visit Trewithen, where we were entertained with drinks by the owner, Mr Michael Galsworthy – a past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company – and then Caerhays where, after a delicious lunch, we were given a private conducted tour of the magnificent gardens by the owner Mr Charles Williams. Saturday included a visit to the National Trust gardens at Trelissick, followed by a picnic lunch at Halwyn’s Tea Gardens on a knoll overlooking the Fal River, and then a tour of the gardens at Tregothnan where the estate manager, Jonathan Jones, showed us the tea plantation where The Best of British Tea is grown. Finally, on Sunday, the party visited Antony House just outside Plymouth before leaving for home.