The Garden Route is a collective of mini-gardens, landscapes, roadside verges and roundabouts which geographically form a ring road of gateways into St Austell. The sites have been identified to welcome locals and visitors into the town with new horticulture installations including perennial wildflowers, silver birch trees and newly commissioned art sculptures. The Austell Project hopes to engage the public to reconsider the identity of the town and its sense of place in Cornwall.
7,000 square meters of specialist wildflower meadows and garden cultivar border the A391 between the Pinetum Garden junction with the A390 and the Carluddon roundabout where the road exits the clay landscape, and at other sites across the town. Plant species include Poppies, Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Purple Loosestrife and Raged Robin. Created in partnership with Cornwall Council’s Making Space for Nature team, The National Wildflower Centre at the Eden Project and Pictorial Meadows, this is the first of its kind for Cornwall.
Unseen anywhere else in the county, the mix of flora is designed specifically for St Austell to create a sustainable community of plants that support each other to offering an annual floral bloom.
Planting began early in 2020 with the introduction of Magnolia, Ginkgo, Honey Locust and Cockspur Thorn trees and Hydrangeas plants at the junction of Porthpean and Duporth roads and the area joining Charlestown and Holmbush roads. These flora and fauna were especially chosen to enhance the landscape as they will offer a beautiful blaze of colour throughout the summer and into autumn. Ginkgo and Honey Locust tree’s turn a bright yellow, Cockspur Thorn’s leafs turn a deep red colour and its branches are peppered with berries as the summer season fades.