Coleton Fishacre nominated in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards

Coleton Fishacre is one of five gardens shortlisted for Garden of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. Find out about this prestigious nomination, and how the public have been voting for Coleton Fishacre to win the award.

The awards

Now in their seventh year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 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. Their expert panel then gathered to review all of the submissions, and whittle the nominees down to five in each category. The final shortlist was announced on Monday 15 January, and in the category of Garden Of The Year, Coleton Fishacre Coleton Fishacre is joined by:

  • Bodnant Garden, Conwy
  • Rousham Gardens, Oxfordshire
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
  • Mount Stewart, County Down 


An honour

Head Gardener Simon Akeroyd said 'It's an honour to be nominated for the award of Garden of the Year, and to be shortlisted amongst these nationally renowned gardens. In gardening terms, Coleton Fishacre is one of National Trust members’ favourite gardens; its standard of horticulture is incredible. It is just an amazing combination - the gardens are beautiful with stunning views and then there is the sea. It also has an unusual rare micro climate where we can grow special plants like the protea from South Africa. Coleton Fishacre is unique.'

BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 Judge, Mark Rowe, said of Coleton Fishacre: 'One of the edgier National Trust gardens, this is framed by coastal cliffs, and is not especially formal – it’s quite ragged at the edges, and it has a lot of charm to it.'