IN a sure sign that spring is on the way, Glendurgan Garden has reopened to the public.

Snowdrops, camellias and early flowering magnolias can be seen in abundance on a wander through the valley garden at the National Trust property near Falmouth.

For families, there is a fun spotters’ trail designed to inspire young explorers on what spring colours, textures, smells and sounds await to be discovered in the garden.

There is also a free seed planting activity for anyone who wishes to nurture a plant at home as spring continues.

Visitors can also see some of the conservation work that has been completed over winter, including the replacement of paths and steps in the historic maze, which is now half way through a four-year restoration project to preserve this iconic feature for generations to come.

Head gardener John Lanyon said: "Glendurgan’s maze is an incredibly special feature, one of its kind in Cornwall, and the garden team takes great pride in caring for it.

"The vital conservation work will upgrade and refresh the maze, ensuring its future for generations to come.

"Thanks to the generosity of visitors, over £38,000 has been raised towards the project’s ‘hedge fund’ meaning we can continue with our vital conservation work to preserve this distinctive garden feature for everyone, for ever."

The fish cellar in Durgan village is also open, where visitors can warm up by the woodburner and have a chat with the friendly volunteers.

The second-hand book area has been restocked and contains a selection of fiction and non-fiction books as well as children’s stories. All funds raised from the sales of books are reinvested back into Glendurgan’s maze restoration fund.

A highlight for Glendurgan this year is celebrating 125 years of the National Trust by featuring the top 125 plants as they look their best across the seasons throughout the valley garden.

Each month there will be a downloadable monthly guide featuring a selection of plants at their best and where is best to spot them on a walk through the garden. More details on this project are available on Glendurgan’s website

Katie Reynolds, visitor experience officer, said: "There are plenty of signs that spring is emerging throughout the garden already with swathes of colourful camellias and stunning magnolias already flowering. We have plenty of fun activities on offer for families who wish to visit in half term and we’re looking forward to sharing the seasonal highlights of what’s looking fantastic at Glendurgan throughout the changing seasons as part of our 125 plants project."

Glendurgan is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 5.30pm. For more information visit