Giving Thyme to Help!


Giving Thyme to Help!

A group of college students have helped transform a local care home’s outside space with the addition of herbs and and bedding plants.

Owner of North Hill Nursing Home, David Smith said how “excited” everyone was at the home to be the beneficiaries of the project.

“We have had to groups of students who have spent the year designing then clearing, planting and painting the woodwork of several flower beds around the home as part of their community course,” he said.

“This has been an incredibly difficult task as the flower beds were over grown and unkempt and the weather has not always been kind – however, the results are a pleasure to see!”

The student’s hard work has resulted in beautiful flower beds and herb gardens that the residents and their families can enjoy.

Tutor for the ‘Skills for Independence and Work’ course, Lucy Lawler, explained how hard the student groups have worked.

“Over the past year they have had to work in some variable Cornish weathers but this hasn’t stopped them achieving some great results,” she continued.

“We acquired some bedding plants and herbs from our sister site at Carthew, Heaven Scent and the students all worked particularly hard, getting really stuck in with transforming the gardens – some are thinking about volunteering during their free time in the summer to keep an eye on their hard work.”

David added that the project demonstrated that young people can make an excellent contribution to their local area.

“We all at North Hill wish to thank them and all the staff involved in this project for their hard work and look forward to more projects we can take on together,” he said. 

For more information on the range of Foundation Learning courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit or call 0330 123 2523.

St Austell Garden Festival 2019


St Austell Garden Festival 2019

The 2nd annual Garden Festival in St. Austell, Cornwall held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 was a true celebration of the town’s famous gardens, beautiful surrounding landscapes, it’s bio-diverse local wildlife and all things green and gardening!

Welcoming all sectors of its vibrant community, the festival welcomed young and old, residents and visitors alike. Featuring local bands and music, projects by local schools and displays from local historic gardens, and retail stands from local plants enthusiasts, conservation charities and craft stalls.

Garden Festival Grand Opening

Posted by White River Place on Saturday, 22 June 2019
James Staughton Chair of SABEF and CEO of St Austell Brewery Opening the Garden Festival


‘Lovely to see so many good things happening here loved the atmosphere today!’

‘Do continue with this resounding success’

‘Great vibe – as it should be! Market House was buzzing!!

‘‘The festival was good because it encouraged people to think about their gardens, plants and flowers that we have around us and also about what has been and is being done, to make St Austell a nice place to live and for visitors to come to. I think the festival brought a lot more people into town and also encouraged people to come together and try some new ideas, that might appeal to people, such as the people showing art and craft work in the Market House., and all of the shops who had colourful displays in their windows – loved the entertainment that was provided for us!’

“Please have it again next year – very positive and wonderful!’

“Great stalls and everyone very willing to have a chat and share their enthusiasm for gardening and clay’

The Garden Festival, has a sister project Whitegold Festival an annual event that happens in September which further enhances the rich heritage of St Austell and surrounding areas by creating art in public spaces, working with artists, makers and designers from across Cornwall and the UK.

Contact us if you would like to get involved, join our mailing list or keep in touch on social media. We look forward to seeing you soon.

St Austell Bay Economic Forum runs both projects with funding from the Coastal Communities Project and, other partners and sponsors below.

To find out about other events in St Austell please visit the St Austell website or the St Austell Facebook page

Whitegold International Ceramic Prize


Whitegold International Ceramic Prize

The first Whitegold International Ceramic Prize is a celebration of clay in relationship with people, culture and place. The winners of the prize will be invited to make a new piece of work drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections.

Artists, collectives and CIC’s from around the world are invited to submit works that use clay to inspire new perspectives and insights into place – the specific character of a location that makes it unique. All work of exceptional quality that connects people and place through creativity with clay will be considered. Submitted artwork should ideally be culturally and environmentally aware and socially engaged. 

The Whitegold International Ceramic Prize is an award in two parts. Winners will receive a cash prize, along with a paid commission for the development of a new work for St Austell.

First Prize: £10,000 with an additional £5,000 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

Second Prize: £5,000 and an additional £2,500 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

This is the first prize of its kind to be run by the Whitegold Project.

The object of the Whitegold Project is to raise the profile of St Austell as a world recognised destination for art and clay, an attraction for visitors from across the globe. Our vision is to work with artists, makers and designers to celebrate past and present, and create future stories of china clay and the communities who live with it, inspiring people in and around the district to develop their creative potential and the area’s future sustainability.

St Austell’s Top Dog Days Out


St Austell’s Top Dog Days Out

St Austell, Cornwall is far more dog friendly than you think, we even have a full things to do section all about dog friendly days out and attractions.

Select Cornwall have now published their top spots for days out with our furry friends and amongst them, some of our beautiful beaches and gardens have made it to the top of the list.

Beach walks

Most beaches in Cornwall allow dogs in the winter season and some even allow them in the summer season.

Gorran Haven beach near Mevagissey has made it to the top of the list
with private parking just a short walk away, toilets nearby and a beach shop on hand for forgotten beach essentials and tasty refreshments, what more could you ask for?

Public gardens

St Austell is well known for its public gardens. Most of them are happy to open their doors to our four-legged friends. Here are two of them which made it to the top of the Select Cornwall list.

Eden Project in St Austell – The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, UK. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell – Considered to be one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England, it has become one of the area’s most popular visitor and local attractions.

Check out our things to do section for many more fantastic dog friendly days out and places to visit.


Local Restaurant Voted #1


Local Restaurant Voted #1

A local restaurant in Carylon Bay, St Austell has been voted #1 on tripadvisor. Edies Kitchen opened its doors in 2017 and they haven’t looked back since.

The family live locally and were excited about becoming a part of the community that they serve, with Edie’s Kitchen welcoming both locals and visitors alike.

With an ever changing menu capturing the seasons on a plate and local delights, you will not be disappointed as a warm welcomes awaits you from both Nigel and Kelly.

Find them at no. 10 Beach Rd, Carlyon Bay, Saint Austell PL25 3PH and for full details please visit their website or call in to see them. Check opening times via their website.

Truro Road Park Bandstand


Truro Road Park Bandstand

Work is underway at Truro Road Park by St Austell Town Council to refurbish the old bandstand to bring it back to its former glory. The scaffolding is up and the paint has been chosen with a Cornish cream and black colour.

The first bandstand to be built in St Austell and the last one standing. The Town Council plan to complete the work by the end of summer 2019 for all to enjoy.

Follow the St Austell Council Facebook page or The Friends of Truro Road Park Facebook for all the details, as the work progresses.

St Austell to A30 Link Road – Approved


St Austell to A30 Link Road – Approved

The new 3.9 mile single carriageway St Austell to A30 link road has been approved and will connect to the old A30 near Victoria to the north and the A391 at Stenalees roundabout to the south. It is a vital strategic link to bring opportunities to the area.

The £87m road has provisional funding from the Government and funding from Cornwall Council.

Complementary traffic management measures in surrounding villages and roads will be built once the link road is open.

Full details can be found here

Poltair Residents Association lead the way!


Poltair Residents Association lead the way!

Poltair Residents’ Association, in partnership with St Austell Town Council, lead the way in winning grant funding for their projects to improve the open spaces for local residents in Thorn Park and Tregonissey Lane End.

An £11,000 grant has been given to the association to fund improvements to Thorn park as part of the Pocket Park plus initiative by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Pocket parks are small plots of land, often about the size of a tennis court, and mostly seen in urban spaces. They provide a green oasis which can help improve the physical and mental health of the communities using them.

Poltair Residents Association are looking to use the funding to create a less bland space and provide a garden feature for all to enjoy. Find out more.

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