survived the Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian eras, today's exciting
restoration programme aims to return these beautiful gardens to their
former glory. Now with the help and advice of Tom Petherick, who was
integral with the restoration of the gardens at Heligan, much clearing
and planting has been undertaken.
The first extant records of the gardens are drawings
made by Edmund Prideaux in the 1730s. He landscaped the gardens with
hedged walks leading down from the entrance. Following his Grand Tour
and interest in Renaissance art he erected several buildings to provide
points of interest: a classical temple, an obelisk, a grotto and an
exedra, a small stone arbour housing Roman funerary urns whose inscriptions
date them back to 50 AD.
This historic garden has a unique supporter in the shape of a small teddy bear who belongs to the owner, Peter Prideaux-Brune. 'Me Too', with the help of our Administrator, Carmen Hocking, has written an enchanting tale of the adventures he and all the other bears and rabbits get up to at night at Prideaux Place. All the proceeds from this beautifully illustrated book go towards the restoration of the garden and Me Too has already helped to plant 3000 bulbs last Autumn and has plans for planting up the Woodland Walks this Spring.
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the house one looks across the park with its herd of fallow
deer. It is thought to be the oldest in the country and has
been dated back to its enclosure by the Romans in 435 AD. Legend
has it that if the deer die out, so does the Prideaux family.
Not wishing to test this alarming prediction King George V sent
a virile young buck from his herd at Windsor in 1927 when our
blood line was dwindling. The following morning the gamekeeper
set out to cull the old lead buck and shot the King's buck instead!