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 Creative Community and Wellness Resource Initiative

(Shared Prosperity Funding, January 2024 - March 2025)

Tehidy Creative Community and Wellness Resource Initiative that has secured funding from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Shared Prosperity Fund to support the delivery of a suite of building rehabilitation works and activities to create a creative Community and wellness Hub focused around two former estate workers cottages at Kennels Hill, Tehidy Country Park. Elements of the initiative include:

  • Rehabilitation of Kennels Cottage: to be utilised as the venue for the Tehidy Creative Residency Programme, with Creative Kernow
  • Rehabilitation of Keepers Cottage: To be used as a Cultural and Wellness Resource Centre
  • Poetry Privy Artist Commission, awarded to Megan Chapman
  • Associated Community Engagement Programme of Events and Activities
  • Programme of Therapeutic Activities delivered by Remembering Our Roots CIC

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 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 Creative Community and Wellness Resource Initiative

(Shared Prosperity Funding, January 2024 - March 2025)

Tehidy Creative Community and Wellness Resource Initiative that has secured funding from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Shared Prosperity Fund to support the delivery of a suite of building rehabilitation works and activities to create a creative Community and wellness Hub focused around two former estate workers cottages at Kennels Hill, Tehidy Country Park. Elements of the initiative include:

  • Rehabilitation of Kennels Cottage: to be utilised as the venue for the Tehidy Creative Residency Programme, with Creative Kernow
  • Rehabilitation of Keepers Cottage: To be used as a Cultural and Wellness Resource Centre
  • Poetry Privy Artist Commission, awarded to Megan Chapman
  • Associated Community Engagement Programme of Events and Activities
  • Programme of Therapeutic Activities delivered by Remembering Our Roots CIC

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.

  • 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.

  • Conservation works at Tehidy Kennels

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    Visitors to Tehidy Country Park may have noticed some changes to a set of derelict buildings hidden away at the top of Kennels Hill in the northwest of the site. The Victorian structures are former dog kennels associated with the Basset family, owners of the Tehidy estate until 1916. Recent clearance work has helped reveal the kennels so they can be surveyed and recorded in detail.

    The current buildings probably replaced an older thatched kennels of 1734 and there are records that greyhounds were kept in 1756 and spaniels in 1791, whilst in the last days of the Bassets, retrievers were kept there. The complex is a rare surviving example of kennels of such quality, demonstrating the status which the Basset’s placed on their sport, and telling an important stary about the history and heritage of Tehidy.

    We’re aiming to find new uses for the buildings so they can be preserved for you and future generations to enjoy. This may take some time, but the current conservation work is a first step towards a renewal of these buildings.

    Some parts of the buildings are unstable at the moment so they have been cordoned off and we must ask everyone to keep out.

    We’ll be consulting on the future of these buildings as plans develop, so please do keep and eye out for updates or sign up to follow this page for notifications.

  • Grow your own - Tehidy seed hunt event!

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    On 15th October Cornwall Council's Tehidy Country Park is running a tree seed hunt/potting event in association with the Forest for Cornwall. The event is free and open to all. Registration is encouraged but not essential.

    Come along to have a go at growing your very own Twisted Beech!

    To celebrate the recognition of Tehidy’s Ancient Twisted Beech as part of the Queen's Green Canopy attendees will have the chance to take away a Tehidy tree seed planted in a pot as well as contribute to our nature recovery stock that we'll grow on at the Country Park. You will visit the Ancient Twisted Beech, learn how to recognise tree seeds and how to grow saplings. Craft activities will include making a twisted beech from sweets and other tree-themed delights.

    Event details:

    Date: Saturday 15th October 2022

    Time: 11am – 1pm

    Meet at: South Drive entrance (in front of the café)

    Postcode: TR14 0AH

    Event contact: 07749712452

    Cost: Free

    Suitable for: Families | All Ages and All Abilities

    To register please contact: charlotte.evans@cornwall.gov.uk or 07749 712452

  • Wildflower meadows at Tehidy used to seed nature recovery across Cornwall

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    Though iconic in our image of the countryside, wildflower meadows have been lost at a staggering rate – 97% since WW2 – as a result of changing land use and agricultural practice. Recent decades have seen concerted efforts to halt the decline of wildflower meadows in the UK and increased interest in managing lawns, verges and other grasslands for wildflowers. Tehidy Country Park is home not just to the largest area of woodland in west Cornwall (250 acres), but also a thriving species-rich wildflower meadow, seeds from which are helping bring wildflowers back to sites across Cornwall.

    Volunteers from the Penwith Landscape Partnership (PLP) joined site managers from CORMAC at Tehidy earlier this month, making the most of perfect dry weather conditions to harvest seed from an area of the meadow, located on the North Cliffs in the northwest of the Country Park. As well as helping increase grassland species diversity in Penwith as part of PLP’s work on the First and Last – Our Living Landscape initiative, some of this year’s seedstock will also be sown in Cornwall Council sites receiving wildlife boosts through the ERDF funded Making Space for Nature (MS4N) project.

    Starting from a very low base of available wildflower sites, seed can be in short supply, and having a local site with proven ability to thrive in the Cornish climate is a real benefit. The Tehidy mix includes yellow rattle, a semi-parasitic wildflower, whose roots attach to those of coarse gasses, drawing nutrients from them and thereby reducing the grasses advantage over less aggressive wildflowers, and has been seen to establish well on other Cornish sites, including East Pool Park and Crembling Well in previous years.

    Around 50kg of seed were collected using a brush harvester, kindly supplied by the PLP and painstakingly hand sieved by the volunteers.

    If you’d like to find out more about meadow regeneration in Cornwall, visit: Wildflower Collective - Rewilding, Wildflower, Pollinators. The collective’s aim is to create 568,210 square metres of new wildflower habitat – that’s 1 square metre for every resident in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – helping nature to recover, bringing increased beauty, more wildlife and climate resilience back to our landscapes.

    Tips for creating a small-scale wildflower patch can be found at: Meadow Creation Guidance (cornwall.gov.uk)

    And you can join the volunteers at Tehidy Country Park by contacting: countryside@cormacltd.co.uk

  • Bridges to Heritage - Tehidy Round Scheduled Monument

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    A new podcast is available describing the little-understood 'Round' at North Cliffs, Tehidy Country Park, a Scheduled Monument which has recently been awarded funding via the Heritage Lottery Fund for improved conservation and interpretation.

    In this podcast you hear from members of Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Beauty Team who delivering the Monumental Improvement project, a scheme providing urgent care to 40 Scheduled Monuments across Cornwall to protect them for future generations.

    The Round is likely to be of the Romano-British period (c800 BC-AD 410), during which a pattern of clusters of farmsteads being enclosed in ‘rounds’ with ramparts and ditches is seen throughout Cornwall. Six sites interpreted as rounds lie in the immediate area of Tehidy. At the Scheduled Round the enclosing earthworks survive quite clearly, having been preserved from cultivation by incorporation in the woodland plantation.

    Listen here: Bridges to Heritage - Episode 6 by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly HER | Mixcloud

    To find out more about Monumental Improvement see: A Monumental Improvement — The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (cornwall-aonb.gov.uk)

    If this podcast peaks your interest in this, and other hidden heritage features at Tehidy, come along to explore them at this weekend's Art in the Landscape trail: From North Cliffs carpark on 16th and 17th July.

  • Art y’n Dirwedh yn Tihydin - Art in the Landscape at Tehidy

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    Cornwall Council is delighted to be working in collaboration with Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to showcase Cornwall's protected landscape through an interactive being launched with immersive activities on 16th and 17th July.

    Visitors to the park will enjoy a self-guided image trail celebrating the beauty of nature in the protected landscape. Giant flags will lead you along a trail of discovery as you wind your way along the path through the trees. Through ancient monuments and wildlife corridors the Flag Trail will tell a visual story of the rare and hidden creatures in Cornwall AONB. Take time to marvel at the power of the waves in Porthcurno and feel proud about the return of the Chough in St Agnes, displayed in the dappled light offered by Tehidy's spectacular woods.

    There will be free drop-in workshops alongside the self-guided trail. From creative writing inspired by nature, observational drawing for all levels and forest school activities there is plenty for all the family to enjoy on their walk.

    Cornwall AONB’s Monumental Improvement project team will be there to tell the story of Tehidy’s fascinating heritage, including the Romano-Anglo Round, now a scheduled monument, helping us learn lessons through connection with the ancient people that once settled there.

    Find out more at the AONB website: Celebrating our Protected Landscape — The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (cornwall-aonb.gov.uk)

  • Tehidy's Twisted Beech joins the Queen's Ancient Canopy

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    The Twisted Beech at Tehidy Country Park is recognised as part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Cornwall Council is delighted that that the Queen’s Green Canopy has bestowed this prestigious status on one of the magnificent and perhaps the most mysterious tree at Tehidy Country Park, the largest area of woodland in west Cornwall. The Ancient Twisted Beech has been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Trees dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

    The Queen’s Green Canopy recently announced the network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees across the United Kingdom which will form part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

    The initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy on Sunday 1st May 2022.

    The Twisted Beech is over 230 years old, having been recorded on a 1788 map of the Basset’s Tehidy Estate. The fact that Tehidy is now a freely accessible Country Park, owned and managed by Cornwall Council, means that anyone can now enjoy visiting the tree, which has a distinctive twisted trunk. “It is a tree of note which one and all can seek out and enjoy – it is well known within the community and holds a special place in the memories of many people that have visited Tehidy through the years. We were absolutely delighted when we found out the tree had been secretly nominated and are very proud that it has made it through to the prestigious list of 70 trees making up the Ancient Canopy.”

    Aligning with the aims of the Queen’s Green Canopy to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations, Cornwall Council will use this as an opportunity to inspire others about the benefits of retaining ancient trees in our landscape for wildlife and people and educate people about how to care for older trees.

  • Visit by Curious School of the Wild Saturday Adventurers

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    On Saturday 2nd April, Tehidy Country Park was delighted to welcome a group of youngsters that regularly participant in, Bodmin-based, Curious School of the Wild's, Saturday Adventurers sessions.

    For many of them, it was their first visit to Tehidy and through having the opportunity to hear about both the nature and wildlife of the site as well as its heritage, they were able to reflect and share views on future plans for the special People's Park.

    The group found out about the historic Otter Trap, and heard stories of the old hunt, inspiring the invention of a new wide-game 'Hunt the Otter', which is played in the same way as the classic It, and can be adapted to have one or many otters.

    Later in their exploration they reached snake bridge, the area at the bottom at Oak Woods that leads you over a wooden bridge to rejoin the historic West Drive, taking time here to decorate pebbles to leave as treasures for others to find. Many of them chose to include images of things they had seen on their visit to Tehidy, including squirrels, flowers and sparkling waters.

    The story of the Otters so caught the imagination of the group that by the time they reached the old hound kennels, now in urgent need of preservation and repair, they were united in their suggestion that it could be protected, their ideas for how it could be repurposed rangeing from as a library and museum with models of the dogs to holiday lodges.

    "It was great to hear the views of young people, who really helped us understand how we can better enable this age group make the most of their time and experience at Tehidy. (Countryside Officer, Cornwall Council).

    Why don't you create a drawing of something you see next time you are at Tehidy! And if you have ideas for the future of the site too, please do get in touch or complete our on-line survey: Tehidy Country Park - Understanding how people engage | Let's Talk Cornwall


  • Rogue Theatre Get Ready for Wild Awake

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    Tehidy Country Park is please to see the Rogue Theatre return to the North Cliffs Plantation again this Easter with performance promising to share the magic that has emerged whilst Wild has been dreaming.


    To find out more and book tickets please visit the Rogue Theatre website at WILD AWAKE | Rogue Theatre (rogueotherworld.co.uk)

  • Get Ready for Summer - Book to Camp at Tehidy!

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    Did you know that Tehidy Country Park offers a tranquil and centrally located camp site, which is available to individuals as well as schools and organisations?!

    The Campsite Field is located at the woodland-edge near the Keeper's Cottage, accessed from the B3301 coast road between Hayle and Portreath.

    Nestled into the gentle hillside above Oak Woods, a section of the field has been landscaped to provide a flat area for pitching up. Campsite facilities:

    • Enclosed, sheltered field within the woods. Most of the field is on a slight slope but there are several level areas of hard standing.
    • Vehicle access to the field via the ‘Rangers office’ entrance, approximately 500m to the west of the North Cliffs car park. Large vehicles such as coaches cannot access the field and should turn around where signs indicate.
    • Parking space for approximately 6 cars inside the entrance to the field. It is inadvisable to drive vehicles onto the main part of the field.
    • Additional parking may be available nearby by prior arrangement.
    • A wash block with ladies and gents toilets and a separate accessible toilet, together with a single shower which operates on a £1 coin meter.

    Affordable escape or activity at a Cornish Country Park:

    • Campsite – Per 24 hour period - £90.00 for educational/community groups, £106.00 for all other groups.
    • Deposit equivalent to 24 hour hire (deposit cheque will not be cashed if site is left clean and tidy).
    • Additional car parking available nearby by arrangement - £32.00 per 24 hour period.
    • Education field and toilets for daytime use only - £37.00 per day
    • Daytime access to toilet block only - £21.00 per day

    Expectations

    Remember that Tehidy Country Park is a public place. We request that the following expectations are adhered to by all users in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of everyone:

    • Respect the rights of other people who may wish to use the area.
    • Dog users are asked to clean up after their dogs .
    • Fires are only permitted within the designated fire pit, with prior consent
    • The fire site must be left clean and tidy and debris removed.
    • You may not cut down, pick or remove any wood, trees or vegetation whilst using the Campsite.
    • The site must be left clean and tidy at the end of your stay or event. All rubbish needs to be taken home with you.
    • A deposit will be taken and only refunded if all of the conditions set down have been adhered to.

    Cornwall Council reserves the right to review booking requests on an individual basis.

    To Book - please contact the Environment Service on 0300 1234 202

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