The Lost Gardens of Heligan Nominated for National Award

Following an award winning 2017, The Lost Gardens of Heligan enters 2018 in a very similar way as it’s announced that the iconic Cornish estate has been named as a finalist, in the ‘Garden of the Year’ category in this year’s BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.

Now in their seventh year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people, from mighty landmarks and outstanding national parks to the best nature reserves and finest rural pubs.

This year, BBC Countryfile Magazine invited their readers to send in their suggestions for the greatest sites in the countryside.

An expert panel then gathered to review all of the submissions, and whittle the nominees down to five in each category.

Judge, author and adventure, Phoebe Smith said: “The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are so important. There’s nothing else like them to highlight the incredible landmarks, nature reserves, national parks and conservation initiatives so often overlooked but that really make a difference to our lives. Judging was incredibly tough but so much fun - it’s great to give credit to the well-known places and organisations - as well as getting chance to champion the underdogs that we personally know and love so well. Every single finalist should know they had an ardent supporter among us and well deserve their spot in the shortlist.”

A genuine secret garden, Heligan languished under weeds for years. Today these restored gardens have a rare beauty, with winding paths, vast tree ferns, bamboo tunnels and ancient woodland.

Judge and BBC Countryfile Magazine Editor Fergus Collins says: “The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a great restoration story and has become an absolute jewel full of mystery and romance.”

Head of Gardens and Estate, Iain Davies said, “It is a real credit to the whole Heligan Team that the gardens remain in the hearts of the Great British public. To all of our supporters and those who the love The Lost Gardens as much as we do, we please ask that you take the time to vote and help us win this incredible accolade.”

To vote, please click here to visit the Countryfile Magazine voting website. Voting will end on Monday 5th March.