Borlase's stream

Fed from the spring at St Hydroc’s well higher up the garden this delightful stream was created by Peter Borlase in 1969 and bears his name. Peter was the National Trust Head Gardener at Lanhydrock from 1966 to 1993.

Water from the spring flows in a series of culverts beneath the paths that criss-cross this area and prior to 1969 the stream was hidden in a culvert. The magnificent magnolias planted by Gerald Viscount Clifden developed their root systems to take advantage of this water supply to such an extent that the flow of water to lower parts of the garden was seriously impeded. Careful pruning of the roots was required. Opening the culvert and creating a u-shaped stone-lined stepped trench created the stream adding interest to this area and allowing the development of a sympathetic streamside planting scheme.
Drifts of gloriously coloured Astilbe, Crocosmia and Primulas decorate the bank nearest the path in the summer while naturalised ferns and Rodgersia compete for attention in the shade of the magnolias.