Austell Green – Our aim is to make St Austell Bay and its clay country a beautiful and healthy place to be. By bringing plants and the landscape to the fore we aim to engage with the public’s imagination asking them to reconsider the identity of the town, its location within Cornwall and the huge influence our gardens and landscape have had on the world.
During phase 1, 7,000 square meters of specialist wildflower meadows and garden cultivar were planted on the A391 creating a spectacular entrance to the eastern gateway into the town.
The established Green Whitegold Festival running since 2016, showcases the great estates and gardens that surround the town, including Heligan, Caerhays, Pinetum and the Eden Project. Local schools are invited to participate in gardening competitions. Music, fun and entertainment are the order of the weekend.
Our aspirations for the next phase of the Austell Project look to add further areas of land along the eastern gateway, the western approaches to the town and small intervention areas within the clay villages have been identified as opportunities to plant further wildflower meadows. Whilst landmark community gardens will be created and used by all, bringing together communities, instilling pride and sharing a sense of purpose. A regular farmers market will draw the community and local producers together.
We will focus on transforming public spaces, building community engagement, and developing our local, national and international horticultural reputation. This project will grow our regional and national horticultural reputation, attracting visitors to the area and increasing local pride in our landscape.
Click the images below to read about our journey so far….