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Chelsea press in for Cornish treat

Journalists and VIPs attending Chelsea Flower Show's press day on Monday 22 May will able to enjoy a genuine taste of Cornwall when they visit the Cornish Oasis garden at the show.

Taste of the West Cornwall will be there on press day with samples of some of Cornwall's best food and drink – adding a whole new taste dimension to the Cornish Oasis garden.

"It's impossible to celebrate Cornwall without acknowledging its fantastic food and drink," says Angie Coombs of Taste of the West Cornwall, "which is why we're so pleased to be supporting the Cornish Oasis garden at Chelsea. Real Cornish treats will help make the garden a genuine oasis for press and VIP guests, providing refreshment and sustenance to revitalise their minds and bodies on what is always a very busy day."

At the Cornish Oasis garden Taste of the West Cornwall will be serving up fresh apple juice from Cornish Orchards near Liskeard. Cheese biscuits from Blue Mango Bread, Truro will be topped off with Cornish yarg and garlic yarg cheese from Lynher Dairy near Truro. Pasty lovers will be able to indulge in a Proper Cornish pasty from Bodmin, while those in search of a Cornish cream tea will enjoy clotted cream from Trewithan Dairy, Lostwithiel and strawberry jam from Boddington's, Mevagissey, plus traditional fruit cake made with local Cornish ingredients from the Incredible Fruit Cake Company, Callington.

The Cornish Oasis garden has been created by the South West Garden Designers Group. Its design encapsulates Cornwall as a contemporary oasis – a natural woodland glade in which to relax and admire the beauty of nature. It will depict the regeneration of Cornwall from a past steeped in myth and fable to a modern and inspirational place to live and work.

For further information please contact Veronica Newport at NPR on 01363 866927 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Cornwall Taste of the West through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and land based industries project is advised to speak with Martin Butler at Government Office South West on 01752 635134 before commencing development as there are now only limited funds available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


Editor's notes:

Taste of the West in Cornwall is a £5million Objective One gateway project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West regional food group. Taste of the West's Cornwall project includes a trade development programme, a marketing grant scheme and a capital grants scheme, available to small and medium sized food businesses which produce, sell or process foods in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For more information log on to


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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Truro TR1 2UD
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Telephone: 01872 223439

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