Historic castle gardens set to be opened to the public

Gardeners looking from some spring horticulture tips may consider heading to Cornwall in the near future.

For the first time in 300 years, Pentillie Castle is to accept visitors while it continues its restoration project, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The site has 70 acres of gardens and grounds to be explored and the Grade II-listed building dates back to the 1600s.

Landscaper Humphrey Repton remodelled the historic area in 1809, adding a walled kitchen garden, American gardens, a mausoleum and a riverside bathing hut.

The castle has been bought by Ted and Sara Coryton, who have begun the revamp – helped by Channel 4s Country House Rescue show.

While the restoration is still not complete, visitors will soon be able to get a peek at the project and pick up some tips for their own greenhouse and yard.

The Corytons daughter Sammie is also planning to restore the kitchen garden to working order.

It comes in the same week as the RHS announced it would help the government in its drive to get British people growing and eating their own food.