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Trust increases support of local producers

On Friday 15 April the National Trust will celebrate the completion of a project at Glendurgan, near Falmouth to up-grade the tea-room and increase the Trust's support of local producers, with the garden's first Producer's Day.

The tea room, introduced in 1995, has always served a variety of local produce. However, with investment from Objective One through European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and DEFRA, the Trust has extended the kitchen and other facilities and thereby doubled the number of local producers that supply the catering outlet.

The Producer's Day at Glendurgan will be the first of many at the garden to enable local producers to talk to members of the public about their produce and for visitors to sample their goods.

Steven Porter, Head Gardener at Glendurgan says: "The National Trust aims to use and promote the use of local produce in its tea-rooms and restaurants wherever possible. We are most grateful to Objective One and Defra for their support on this project, as these changes have enabled the Trust to further support local producers and the local economy. I would also like to extend the Trust's gratitude to the concessionaire Heather Williams who has worked to increase the use of local produce since 1995."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, says: "The Objective One investment here will benefit Cornwall in several ways. It has helped to upgrade the gardens tea house, which will attract more visitors and it is being used to encourage local sourcing which will boost the income of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly food and drink producers. It will also mean the quality of the food served at the tea house will be excellent, again encouraging more business."

For further information contact Sabina Eberle, National Trust Communications Officer on 01208 265225 / 07769 924067 or email:; or Steven Porter, Head Gardener at Glendurgan on 01326 250587 email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Glendurgan through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). This project is delivered in partnership with Defra and the National Trust.


Editor's notes:

The day runs from 11.00am – 4.00pm at Glendurgan tea room. Members of the media are invited to an informal gathering of producers and funding partners at the tea house at 3pm to enjoy a cream tea.
The tea room is a National Trust concession.
Suppliers represented will include Boddingtons Jams, Warrens (bread and saffron buns), Callestick Ice Cream, Gwavas Jersey Farm (clotted cream and eggs), Cornish Orchards (apple and wildflower juice), Newlyn Pilchard Works and Heads Pasties.
Daily specials include pilchards from Newlyn Pilchard Works which are delicious baked with capers, onions and tomatoes or grilled on toast. Also Cornish goats cheese and leek tart.
Cream teas – are served at the tea room daily, using home made scones and served with Gwavas clotted cream and Boddingtons strawberry jam.
New developments at the tea house include an improved kitchen, new glazing that will partially enclose internal seating area, an extended external seating area and solar panels have been installed to heat the water.
The National Trust's work contributes much needed income to local economies across the country and has increasingly demonstrated the important link between a high quality environment and the future economic sustainability of communities. Our Valuing our Environment studies found that 40% of the jobs created through tourism rely directly on a high quality environment.
With 249,000 hectares of land the charity is the largest non-governmental landowner in the UK.
4 out of 5 of the properties opened by the Trust run at a loss every year, so the charity supports this commitment to public access through membership subscriptions, gifts and donations and other fund-raising activities.
Glendurgan is one of Cornwall's best spring gardens. Spring blooms include camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. In late spring the garden is carpeted with wild flowers and bluebells. The valley garden is popular with children and families as it has a large laurel maze and a beach.
Glendurgan is open from 12 February 2005 – 29 October, Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am-5.30pm. Open bank holiday Mondays and closed Good Friday.


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

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