BBC Countryfile magazine have named the Lost Gardens of Heligan as the garden of the year. If that wasn’t great enough, they also awarded Minack Theatre with the landmark of the year. Cornwall has been honoured twice.
According to the BBC Countryfile website, it said: “The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 recognizes the best of the British countryside, from mighty landmarks and outstanding nature reserves to superb national parks and fine rural pubs”
There are some other categories:
- National Park of the year – won by Northumberland National Park
- Beach of the year – won by Holkham, Norfolk
- Holiday destination of the year – won by Pembrokeshire Coast
- Country pub of the year – won by The Fox House, Longshaw, South Yorkshire
- Nature reserve of the year – won by Rodley Nature Reserve, Leeds
- Conservation success of the year – won by The Great British Beach Clean, MCS
- Country book of the year – won by The Wainwrights in Colour by Andy Beck
- Reader Photo of the year – won by Model subject by Andrew Fletcher
The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been open to the public since 1992 and it’s fairy-tale like gardens have been popular ever since. Heligan manor itself was first built in the 1200s, which has been rebuilt a few times over the centuries. The amazing garden having been shaped and improved down the generations. Heligan manor was actually used as a convalescence hospital for the officers during WW1. The restoration of the garden began in 1990.
The Minack Theatre is an outdoor one in Penzance, built by Rowena Cade in 1932. It has been going strong for over 85 years now, and still draws in a big crowd. On their website they wrote: “The Minack Theater is one of the world’s most famous outdoor theaters. Today, we welcome more than 80,000 people a year to our performances and 150,000 people come just to look round, experience our stunning views and learn more about our story.”
These two memorable places have received recognition for their beauty. The judges of the competition were John Craven, captain Countryfile, Miranda Krestovnikoff, a radio and TV presenter and RSPB president, Fergus Collins the magazine editor of BBC Countryfile, Sheena Harvey, BBC Wildlife editor, Mark Rowe, Rural affairs and travel writer and Phoebe Smith, an author and adventurer.
Cornwall won more awards this year than any other county. The results were released yesterday.