To: News Desk
From: Tregenna Castle Hotel
Today's Date: 24th November 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A St.Ives hotel and estate is planting 20 trees within their grounds in the coming weeks, bringing their total to over 1000 trees planted across their 72 acres over the past 15 years.
Tregenna Castle Hotel is situated at the top of the town in St.Ives, with beautiful gardens and woodlands complete with breathtaking views of the bay. With 30 Monterey Pines already planted over the past few months, the children of Tregenna's Castle Kids Nursery helped plant the 31st tree on Tuesday 22nd November, leaving a legacy for many years to come.
Monterey Pines were brought to Cornwall during the Victorian era, especially popular in the area due to being fast growing and tolerant of the prevailing South Westerly winds. Tregenna have been planting the Monterey Pines around the south boundary of their grounds, acting as a windbreak and protection from the weather, as well as honoring this local heritage.
Bill Price, Head Gardener at Tregenna Castle explains:
"Monterey Pines are a coastal pine tree, ideally suited for planting on the coast near to the sea as they can survive windy conditions which are frequent on our coastline. As well as being used to protect Tregenna's grounds, we are pleased to be honoring the heritage of this breed of tree which started to be planted here during Victorian times."
James Parker, Operations Director at Tregenna Castle continues:
"Over the past fifteen years Tregenna has undergone a running programme of planting, bringing our total to over 1000 trees. Over that time we have done a great deal of work in the grounds to bring them back to their original splendor. Thanks to the dedicated grounds team, we have painstakingly brought our woodlands and nature trail back to life - including installing over 40 bird boxes and clearing our ravine. At Tregenna we are lucky to have a range of different tree species and plants in addition to the Monterey Pines, accompanied by the bright colours of rhododendrons and azaleas which are in abundance.
"We are delighted that the children who attend our day care - Castle Kids - were able to help us plant one of the remaining 20 Monterey Pines that will complete our 50 new trees in the grounds. Jonathan Chaffin is one of our Gardeners at Tregenna and his son - Joseph, who attends Castle Kids - helped his dad to dig the hole and place the tree along with all of the children. So hopefully Joseph and the rest of the children will be able to visit their Monterey Pine for decades to come!"
Everyone is welcome at Tregenna Castle Hotel, with its 72 acre estate overlooking St Ives bay. You do not need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy its facilities which include woodland walks, various sporting activities, hair and beauty, swimming pools, gym and Brasserie.
Tregenna currently have a range of special offers available, including "two for one" on cream teas and "buy one lunch, get another for 1p". For more info and to download offers, visit the news page of www.tregenna-
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PHOTO: Please find attached a low res photo of (from left to right) Richard Lane - Gardener, James Parker - Operations Director, Bill Price - Head Gardener with the children at staff at Tregenna's Castle Kids Nursery, along with Jonathan Chaffin - Gardener in the foreground planting the Monterey Pine in Tregenna's grounds with son Joseph. Higher res versions are available upon request.
FURTHER INFO: The Monterey Pine's native territory is that of a few exposed rocky headlands and islands on the Pacific coast of California where the northerly cold ocean current creates heavy fogs rolling in from the sea, moderating the temperature of what is essentially a Mediterranean frost-free climate, at the latitude of Gibraltar.
Victorian plant hunters brought back the Monterey Pine from its native habitat and introduced it to Cornwall and Devon. Its salt tolerance, wind firmness and rapid growth (which can be 20 metres in height in its first 20 years) made it a good choice for coastal locations. Most plantings were of small groups of the trees or even single specimens rather than large plantations or forests.
The young Monterey Pine has a bushy, shrubby form quite unlike the mature tree which has tall trunks and all its vegetation carried high. Where a number of trees are planted together as a copse they seem to grow together as one, their shape moulded by the gales and storms which assail the Cornish coasts in winter.
Today, our perception of the Cornish coastline is heavily influenced by the presence of the Monterey Pine, to the extent that we feel it is characteristic of the area.
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