Some of the oldest trees are remnants from when the land was owned by St Petroc’s Priory in Bodmin to produce food for the monks.
Shortly after the dissolution of the monasteries it became a deer park, then going through many changes over the centuries, but thankfully the old and ancient trees were kept and new trees added to produce the fine landscape we now see.
The old trees are covered in rare lichens which grow particularly well in the south west due to the damp conditions and clean air. They are also host to rare bat species. This is the best property in Cornwall for bats, with 13 British species recorded here.
The magnificent double beech avenue leading away from the gatehouse actually started life as a single avenue of sycamore trees to commemorate the Parliamentarian’s victory in the civil war. In the early 19th century it was then converted to a double beech avenue, but a few remnant sycamore trees remain in the inner two rows.