Cream of Cornish tea
A Cornish family has taken the pioneering step of planting
a commercial tea garden on their estate and expects to pluck
their first crop of tea in 2005.
With the benefit of Objective One funding, a feasibility study
along with a staff-training programme will be undertaken to
exploit the opportunities for the development and marketing
of specialist teas and ornamental camellias.
Tea plants (Camellia sinensis) were first planted on a small
scale at Tregothnan, one of the largest historic gardens in
England, in 1999. Now the plantation is being extended to
several hectares and the sale of the whole crop is being negotiated
with selected London tea connoisseurs.
Head gardener, Jonathon Jones, is studying the genus Camellia
for his Nuffield scholarship. Camellia sinensis is an attractive
shrub or small tree, with glossy dark green, elliptic leaves
and small, slightly fragrant white flowers.
The estate has been home to the Boscawen family since 1300
and camellias were first cultivated outdoors here more than
100 years ago. These are thought to be the first planting
of Camellia in the open in British gardens, as prior to this
they were grown only in glasshouses.
Contact Gillian Clark on 01626 890405.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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