The Old Mill Herbary
|Contact||Mr & Mrs R Whurr|
|A 5 acre semi-wild garden by the river Camel. S.S.S.I / S.A.C 14th Century Hellandbridge, mature woodland island walks, mini arboretum, mill leat, bog garden, camomile lawn, around Greek / Roman fertility theme. Named plant displays, unusual herbs, trees shrubs with both a botanical and historical interest.|
|Open||1st April - 30th October: Open daily (Except Wednesday): 10.00 - 17.00.|
|Admission||Adults £4.00, 6-16: £2.75 Coach parking by arrangement|
The Old Mill Herbary is situated on a south facing site in the Camel Valley. It is made up of around 5 acres of gardens, which are mainly informal semi wild terraced gardens, with woodland walks and a min Arboretum (around 1.5 acres) which contains rare (named) specimens.
The House dates from the 1820s but the present gardens have been created entirely by the current owners since 1984 and are based around natural features often with a Greek fertility theme. This is living garden and the plant collections reflect the owners passion of medicinal plants, which are of much interest to the specialist plantsman.
There are several bridges and across the River Camel, the oldest is the Helland Bridge which was completed in 1415. The adjacent Mill is fed by a 'leat' (makeshift aqueduct). The Leat is fed by a natural stream, has been cleaned and restored to feed natural bog and water gardens.
Other features include a patio with a large pond, stocked with a variety of water plants a Camomile lawn, a meadow and woodland walks. Both herbs and plants may be purchased.