Head to Newquay for South West in Bloom

Friday, 5 August 2011 2:38 PM

South West in Bloom

South West in Bloom

Green-fingered gardening enthusiasts may want to book holiday cottages in Newquay in time for September this year so that they don't miss out on the regional final of the South West in Bloom competition, with a presentation day taking place on the 15th of the month.

Hundreds of horticulture fans are set to head to the area - with some possibly booking stays in North Cornwall cottages - in time for the big event, enabling them to visit some of the best gardens the county has to offer including the Eden Project - which is just 15 miles from Newquay itself.

This garden and conservation area was built in a disused clay mine several years ago, designed to create a rich garden where people can be inspired about the natural world and learn about nature, as well as conducting valuable research into conservation and plants and putting on music, theatre and arts events.

South West in Bloom itself is just one of 18 regional contests that make up Britain in Bloom, Europe's biggest horticultural campaign.

The aim of the project is to allow communities to regenerate and improve their local environments through landscaping, recycling initiatives, conservation and the planting of shrubs, trees and flowers, as well as the removal of eyesores like vandalism, graffiti and litter.

While in Newquay, gardening enthusiasts may also like to check out West Pentire from their holiday accommodation in Cornwall, a site of special scientific interest that is managed as a nature reserve by the National Trust.

Here, they will find fields full of cowslips, corn marigolds and poppies, which could be the icing on the cake for their horticultural holiday.

In addition, checking out the front of Water World could be enlightening as well. It was originally bedded out and used nearly 5,000 plants but was recently redesigned and landscaped with a desert feel that is fairly low maintenance, with gravel and membrane introduced to match other similar projects in the area.

Gardeners may also be impressed with the Heron Tennis Centre, which was traditionally bedded out but has now been planted with agapanthus and alchemila mollis.