Tehidy Country Park - 'Time for Tehidy'

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Tehidy Country Park, which once formed the core of the Basset family's Tehidy Estate, is today managed by Cornwall Council for public good. It includes the largest area of woodland in west Cornwall (approx. 250 acres) and hosts over 9 miles of paths offering an engaging setting for a variety of uses.

This diverse site, contains a wealth of archaeology and heritage interest as well a multiple habitats, stretching from the urban fringe of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan conurbation, through historic plantations scattered with impressive specimen trees, to the coast at the dramatic North Cliffs, where the site has become renowned for hosting magical tails produced by Rogue Theatre.

In the south, there is a landscaped lake and picturesque cascades, over which the Tehidy Stream flows through oak woods carpeted in bluebells each Spring. Accessible paths beside the lake turn into more rambling trails as you move deeper into the woods, where you'll find the historic Otter Trap, and if you look closely enough, make out mediaeval field boundaries, hosting delicate ecologies.

Roaming the paths you can find the tucked away Rose Garden, climb over Romano-British Rounds, and experience the rich biodiversity now sprawling over medieval field boundaries. All amongst other hidden gems.

Access is from carparks at South Drive, East Drive and North Cliffs, or on foot via the trail from Coombe in the west.

Site facilities include a cafe and toilets near the lake and carpark at South Drive as well as ample space and resting areas for picnics throughout the site.

A site map including details of the carparks and trails is available here: Tehidy Country Park Map

Tehidy has so much to offer people and nature as we strive to use our landscape to enrich our quality of life, providing our our needs and those of the wildlife with which we must learn to co-exist.

Tehidy is a gateway from the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) urban area, Cornwall’s largest conurbation with over 60,00 residents, to the countryside and the coast beyond. As well as this, it was taken on by Cornwall Council as a public good to provide benefit to the people of Cornwall, one and all.

Our green spaces are so important for everyone’s wellbeing. Hence we are taking the time to evaluate the role that Tehidy plays in your lives and the potential to enhance the multi-functional offer provided by this fascinating and spacial place.

Tehidy Country Park, which once formed the core of the Basset family's Tehidy Estate, is today managed by Cornwall Council for public good. It includes the largest area of woodland in west Cornwall (approx. 250 acres) and hosts over 9 miles of paths offering an engaging setting for a variety of uses.

This diverse site, contains a wealth of archaeology and heritage interest as well a multiple habitats, stretching from the urban fringe of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan conurbation, through historic plantations scattered with impressive specimen trees, to the coast at the dramatic North Cliffs, where the site has become renowned for hosting magical tails produced by Rogue Theatre.

In the south, there is a landscaped lake and picturesque cascades, over which the Tehidy Stream flows through oak woods carpeted in bluebells each Spring. Accessible paths beside the lake turn into more rambling trails as you move deeper into the woods, where you'll find the historic Otter Trap, and if you look closely enough, make out mediaeval field boundaries, hosting delicate ecologies.

Roaming the paths you can find the tucked away Rose Garden, climb over Romano-British Rounds, and experience the rich biodiversity now sprawling over medieval field boundaries. All amongst other hidden gems.

Access is from carparks at South Drive, East Drive and North Cliffs, or on foot via the trail from Coombe in the west.

Site facilities include a cafe and toilets near the lake and carpark at South Drive as well as ample space and resting areas for picnics throughout the site.

A site map including details of the carparks and trails is available here: Tehidy Country Park Map

Tehidy has so much to offer people and nature as we strive to use our landscape to enrich our quality of life, providing our our needs and those of the wildlife with which we must learn to co-exist.

Tehidy is a gateway from the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) urban area, Cornwall’s largest conurbation with over 60,00 residents, to the countryside and the coast beyond. As well as this, it was taken on by Cornwall Council as a public good to provide benefit to the people of Cornwall, one and all.

Our green spaces are so important for everyone’s wellbeing. Hence we are taking the time to evaluate the role that Tehidy plays in your lives and the potential to enhance the multi-functional offer provided by this fascinating and spacial place.

  • Poetry Privy - Call for Tenders

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    A creative experiential education commission

    Cornwall Council is looking for an enthusiastic individual, group or organisation to deliver a fantastic short-term commission for anyone with a passion for community arts and the ability to inspire innovation in artistic thinking and communication.

    The Poetry Privy project is aimed at engaging people from the local community that experience barriers to visiting nature and heritage-rich spaces and will delivery the restoration of the Victorian outside loo block, whilst creating something new inside based on the ideas of the project participants from the local community.

    The commission is part of a wider Creative and wellness Community initiative that is restoring and repurposing former estate buildings at the site and will result in a Artists Residence and Wellness Centre as well as the Poetry Privy.

    Applicants for Poetry Privy, should be able to manage the historic building repairs, as well as lead new audiences in exploring heritage, and crucially facilitate the reimaging of the site to deliver an immersive art experience in the inside of the privy block.

    Applications are sought no later than noon on Tuesday 27th February 2024.

    The tender document can be found in the documents tab of this website (https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/14262/widgets/41686/documents/53672), or obtained by contacting charlotte.evans@cornwall.gov.uk


    This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

    Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

  • Tehidy gains creative boost with funding award

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    During 2024 two former estate workers cottages will be renovated for new uses as part of a creative and wellness hub at the country park.

    The work, which is possible after a successful application to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Shared Prosperity Fund, will commence early this year and will include some opportunities for local creatives and nature-based social prescribing practitioners.

    Located in the area known as Kennels Hill, one of the cottages will be transformed into a artists residency, with artists have the opportunity to apply to base themselves for free up until March 2025. Cornwall Council is partnering with Creative Kernow to run the residency and details will be coming out soon. The other cottage is to become a community wellness resource centre, with a therapy room and space for community events.

    The initiative builds on two key strands already emerging well at the site, with the Rogue Theatre and other site-based providers like Remembering Our Roots representing creativity and wellness, with the new ventures helping to reimagine Tehidy for new audiences and encourage many more people to benefit from getting out into nature at the historic site.


    The Tehidy cultural and wellness community resource initiative is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

  • New venture at Tehidy Woods Cafe

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    We are delighted that the new venture behind Tehidy Woods cafe is off to a great start and pleased that the cafe is now providing a great service to visitors.

    Tehidy woods cafe is open from 10 to 4 every day except Tuesday and has a fresh new look:

    If you haven't yet experienced the new offer, please find out more and pop along to give it a go. TEHIDY WOODS CAFE | Lands End Coffee

    Please check the cafe website and social media for upcoming events and activities, including a Christmas Wreath Workshop on 2nd December: https://www.landsendcoffee.co.uk/event-details-registration/christmas-wreath-workshop


  • Tehidy Meadow helping to seed nature across Cornwall, again!

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    On 10th August Cormac’s Melissa Ralph and Stuart Croft teamed up with Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and National Trust (NT) staff, to help harvest Cornish wildflower and grass seed.

    They collected clean seed from Cornwall Council's (CC) beautiful species rich grassland at Tehidy Country Park, which includes yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoil, red clover, common knapweed and fine grasses.

    Penwith Landscape Partnership’s seed harvester bushes up seed and chaff into a hopper, to then be manually sieved through screens of large and smaller mesh, to remove most of the chaff.

    The cleaned seed will help restore species richness at the following locations:

    • CWT will deliver grassland improvement in the Drift catchment (15ha)
    • NT will use their share in the ‘Cornwall Coastal Meadow Project’ 2023-2025 (250ha in total)
    • Cormac will enrich several CC greenspaces and road verges to improve diversity to local grasslands – watch this space!

    This comes after the successful use of seed from the meadow in many Cornwall Council gree spaces across Cornwall in recent years, which have proved the approach is viable.

    Jan Dinsdale of CWT said ‘Thank you to organisations and collogues for your time at Tehidy last week. It was such a positive and productive day, working in partnership to harvest the seed and making useful connections between our various organisations at the same time.’

  • Tehidy Cafe Update

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    Following an unexpected period of closure, the cafe will be open from Thursday to Sunday inclusive throughout the summer holidays up to the late August bank holiday.

    For the most up to date opening information, please always check the cafe Facebook page: Tehidy Country Park Cafe | Camborne | Facebook

    We are very grateful for everyone continuing to visit the cafe and understanding that events beyond our control have led to reduced opening.

  • UPDATED - Temporary closure of Tehidy Cafe

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    27.07.2023 Update

    The cafe will be open from Thursday to Sunday inclusive throughout the summer holidays up to the late August bank holiday.

    For the most up to date opening information, please always check the cafe Facebook page: Tehidy Country Park Cafe | Camborne | Facebook


    We are very grateful for everyone continuing to visit the cafe and understanding that events beyond our control have led to reduced opening.


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    Please be advised that due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances the cafe at Tehidy Country Park is temporarily closed. Please continue to check this site for future updates.

    Thank you in advance for understanding.


  • Happy New Year from Tehidy Country Park

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    We would like to wish all stakeholders, volunteers and visitors to Tehidy Country Park a very happy New Year! A trip to the woods at any time of year is a reminder of constant change and renewal as nature responds to the seasons, but as another year dawns we are reminded that of those who return time and again to help keep the Country Park running.

    This year, following the lifting of Covid restrictions, has been particularly important for the businesses based at Tehidy, Rogue Theatre, Remembering our Roots and Tehidy Cafe. We thank them for the magic that they make happen for their clients and wish them every sucess in 2023.

    Image Credit: Rogue Otherworld


    Equally, we recognise the multitude of organisations that run community and volunteer events at the woods. 2022 has seen many; an apple pressing day supported by Resilient Orchards Cornwall, Budding Nature's Bio-blitz and Cornwall AONB's Art in the Landscape event give just a flavour. We hope these, and many others, will continue to see Tehidy as a great venue and engage many others in our wonderful Park.

    Additionally, we thank our hard working volunteers, recognising that valuable tasks such a litter picks, woodland management and general monitoring and reporting are carried out by dedicated individuals who care deeply about sustaining Tehidy for the community. Many thanks indeed and we look forward to working with you all throughout the year.

    2022 has seen Tehidy's Twisted Beech join the 70 ancient trees contributing to the Queen's Green Canopy, the project Monumental Improvement (Cornwall AONB) has been awarded funding to undertake archelogy and conservation of Tehidy Round, and efforts to regenerate the historic kennels complex are underway.

    We hope you'll enjoy visiting Tehidy in 2023!

  • 3D model of Tehidy's historic Kennels Complex

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    Take a virtual tour of Tehidy's kennels complex to see why we are aiming to restore and repurpose these unique buildings.

    The last Basset's of Tehidy were well known for their love of animal sports and the kennels complex speaks of the prestige they afforded their working dogs, whilst also providing insight into the everyday life of the gentry and their estate workers.

    A set of Victorian stone and brick built buildings, the kennels complex includes a rooms for cutting up meat and preparing dog-gruel as well as kennels with groves remaining in the walls where slate shelves would have been with beds for the dogs to reduce paw infections. Located at the top of Kennels Hill, which runs between the otter trap and the kennels, the excellent preservation of the buildings provide a snap-shot of the last-years of the Bassets at Tehidy, in the pre-war years, before the nature of the site was irrevocably changed following the Bassets’ sale of Tehidy in 1916.

    The buildings have faired remarkably well over the decades, being of a robust design. Nonetheless, the roof in particular has deteriorated rapidly in recent years. Cornwall Council hopes to soon be in a position to restore the kennels through a heritage conservation project and has commissioned a 3D model as a record of what the kennels look like today, ahead of the intended restoration.

    The model, produced by Cornish firm 3Deep, shows the original features that have been well preserved, including a brick-work courtyard surrounded by iron railings and remain of a well and associated ironmongery. The buildings showcase a number of unusual elements for the locality, such as clay pan tiles possibly made in Somerset or elsewhere in England, whilst also containing features Cornish-made features such as a iron cauldron reputed to be manufactured at Harvey's foundry, Hayle.

    Whilst it's not possible to visit the kennels, yet, due to their state of repair, the 3D model means you can take a virtual tour now at: Tehidy Kennels 3D Model



  • Councillors explore heritage regeneration proposals at Tehidy

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    Eagle-eyed visitors to Tehidy Country park may have noticed the recent work to reveal overgrown part of the old kennels buildings at Kennels Hill. This less-visited corner of the Park is home to a wealth of heritage that helps reveal to story of the everyday life of the estate workers that supported the notoriously lavish lifestyle of Tehidy's Basset family, and a new initiative being explored by Cornwall Council seeks to re-purpose them towards a more sustainable future for the site.

    Recently, members of the project team were joined by Council members and Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team see the newly revealed buildings for themselves and to consider the ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration and seeking funding.

    If successful the proposals will see the historic kennels sensitively restored and repurposed as a park facility, for instance including a catering offer, information and displays about the history of Tehidy and resources for volunteers. Alongside the restored kennels it is anticipated that other buildings may be rehabilitated to offer spaces for nature-based counselling, as facilities to support an improved schools activity programme and to host exhibitions and creative workshops.

    Cornwall Councillor for Illogan and Portreath, David Crabtree, who visits Tehidy on a regular basis has backed the ideas from an early stage reflected on the visit:

    "It was a pleasure to be given a tour of Tehidy Woods by Charlotte and Ann, two ladies who are both passionate about maintaining and sensitively restoring parts of Tehidy Woods for future generations. There are exciting plans for the old kennels and surrounding areas along with the hidden old round and the area where the Temple stood. As a local resident, who frequents the woods a number of times per week, I look forward to watching the progress, which I know will be slow and look forward to more visits as work progresses. One tree not to be missed is the Old Twisted Beech that formed part of the late Queens Green Canopy".

    Image below from left: Cllr David Crabtree (Illogan and Portreath) and Cllr Martin Alvey (Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change) visit the historic kennels at Tehidy Country Park to explore proposals for a heritage-led regeneration scheme.


  • More than just ‘crowning’ around at Tehidy seed collection event

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    On Saturday 15th October a tree seed collection event was held at Tehidy Country Park to celebrate recognition of Tehidy’s famous Twisted Beech as part of the Queen’s Ancient Green Canopy. The Queen’s Green Canopy (queensgreencanopy.org)

    The Queen’s Green Canopy is an initiative that was initiated to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, with the aim of creating a living legacy of new trees planted and raising awareness of the role of our trees and woodlands.

    Over 30 adults and children attended the event at Tehidy, which was hosted in Partnership between Cornwall Councils’ Countryside Team, the Forest for Cornwall and Cormac. A range of seeds, including Beech, Holm Oak, Holly and Sweet Chestnut, were collected and potted to either take home to grow or leave with the team for future planting either at Tehidy or other Cornwall Council owned sites.

    To celebrate the Queen’s Green Canopy, children made crowns from autumn leaves and mini-Twisted Beech trees from sweets.

    After a wet morning, the weather had improved before the event and attendees were able to enjoy the amazing seasonal colours of Tehidy Woods in bright autumn sunshine, several taking the opportunity picnic under the canopy of the special ancient tree.

    Tips were provided about how to care for a tree sapling, so that those taking home a potted seed could give it the best chance of developing into a an ancient, potentially perhaps another Twisted Beech.

    The Forest for Cornwall would love to know about your tree planting successes and are happy to provide tips and answer any questions you may have about growing trees. They would like to know if you have planted any trees or if you’d like to get involved in contributing to the massive task of growing a forest for Cornwall. There contact details can be found at: Contact Forest for Cornwall - Cornwall Council

    Please continue to look out for future activities events at Tehidy Country Park.

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