Garden set for a final flowering
David Eyles in the garden he created at West Pentire; below, visitors enjoy looking around. Photo Hugh Hastings
7th July 2021
By Warren Wilkins
An award-winning coastal garden in Crantock, which has featured on television’s Gardeners’ World programme, is set to show its delights for the final time.
David and Brenda Eyles will be opening Arundell Garden in West Pentire in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care on Sunday, July 18 between 1pm and 5pm. The couple have opened the garden to the public annually for the past 10 years as part of the National Garden Scheme, which gives visitors unique access to more than 3,600 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.
David and Brenda, who formerly ran the Crantock Bay Hotel, have decided to stop opening their garden due to their advancing years after raising tens of thousands of pounds for various charities. David, a former chairman of Crantock Parish Council, transformed an old donkey paddock at the back of the house into a garden when he retired.
He put his heart and soul into designing various areas in the one-acre garden, which is set around an original farm cottage. There is a cottage garden at the front of the house while to the side is a small Mediterranean garden, both of which enjoy stunning sea views.
There is a rockery and shrubbery behind the house. More cottage garden leads to a pond and stream; there are herbaceous borders, a stumpery and fernery, a gravel garden, a small pinetum area and a spectacular exotic garden.
Stumpery gardens date from Victorian times and are similar to rockeries, but use dead wood in place of rocks to make an ideal habitat for ferns.
Arundell Garden has received many plaudits over the years, which has included winning numerous titles in the Newquay in Bloom competition.
The garden has featured in various publications such as Cornwall Life, Cornwall Today, and Coast magazine as well as appearing on Gardeners’ World with Joe Swift.
David said: “We are proud to have raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities through the National Garden Scheme. “
“Sadly we have decided to call it a day so our opening on July 18 for Cornwall Hospice Care will be our last. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has managed to make this possible including Andy Gace who has helped with the garden since its inception.”
Daughter Nicki John added: “I just feel pride for an extraordinary man, who didn’t want retirement to be dull. “
“Needing a new challenge he researched, designed and created the beautiful garden, where no garden would ordinarily be. “
“Dad started converting it and boy, did he plough his heart and soul into it! There are beautiful and very surprising areas, such as a Beth Chatto area, Cottage Garden area, Mediterranean area, a Pinetum and a delightful stream running down its length from the fishpond, full of unusual plants and flowers.”