Love WildlifeThe Lost Gardens of Heligan was once a beautiful estate garden, but with the outbreak of WW1, which saw many of the workforce going off to war, the gardens were neglected and soon became buried in brambles and ivy. The gardens lay neglected for decades and it was thought that a devastating hurricane in 1990, would be the end of the gardens for good.

Thankfully, in 1990, the derelict gardens were discovered by Tim Smit and John Willis, and due to hard work and determination, this award winning garden is being brought back to life.

This half term, from Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February, why not pop along to Heligan and learn how to transform your garden into a welcoming home for wildlife.

You’ll learn tips on how to attract everything from birds, beetles and frogs, to butterflies and hedgeghogs.

You can take part in workshops (all included in the normal admission prices) in the Steward’s House Tearoom from 10am to 4pm daily. Make a mini bug hotel, create your very own seed bomb or make tasty hanging treats for the birds. You’ll also be able to check out the Wildlife Village whilst in there. Pay a visit to the Hide between 10am and 4pm to join in with the Great Heligan Bird watch.

With so much to see and do at Heligan, you can easily spend a day here, lost is its history. Have a stroll through the beautiful gardens, and stop off for a bite to eat in the Heligan Kitchen and Bakery. There is also a shop where you can buy some souvenirs to take home with you.

For more information and to read the history of Heligan in full, visit their website at