Trust increases support of local
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
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: email@example.com;
or Steven Porter, Head Gardener at Glendurgan on 01326 250587
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.
||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.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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