Baby and Child Clothing Swap

Baby and Child Clothing Swap

On Sunday 15th October 2017, 10am until 2pm we are hosting a baby and child clothing swap at Pinetum Gardens. A great chance to swap clothing with other Mums and give aid to BABA as well. Reserve your space by emailing: We suggest a donation of £5 per table for BABA.

Dog Show at Pinetum Gardens!

Dog Show at Pinetum Gardens!

PINETUM Gardens is cementing its reputation as a canine-friendly garden – by inviting four-legged friends to strut their stuff at a dog show, as well as explore the grounds.

The attraction is hosting a fun dog show on September 23 from 10-4pm in aid of the Cornish charity Tanya’s Courage – which supports young people who have cancer.

The event takes place in the courtyard garden, where admission is free. Each entry to the show costs £1 – with all proceeds donated to the charity.

Chang Li, owner of the gardens, said: “There are dogs in around one in three households in the UK, and we want to do everything we can to make them welcome at Pinetum.

“We already see breeds of all shapes and sizes exploring the 30-acre grounds. It will be great to see the dogs enjoying the grounds in a new way.”

The event also offers an opportunity for local businesses to set up pitches on site – awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Parking, the courtyard garden, courtyard and tearoom are free to enter, however anyone wishing to explore the stunning gardens (with or without a dog) will need to pay the entrance fee. Children under 11 are free.

The classes are:

  1. Most Handsome Dog
  2. Prettiest Female Dog
  3. Best Six Legs
  4. Waggiest Tail
  5. Best Short Coat
  6. Best Long Coat
  7. Most Appealing Eyes
  8. Best Trick
  9. The Dog (Male or Female The Judge Most Wants To Take Home)
  10. Best Dog Over 15” (Male or Female)
  11. Best Dog Under 15” (Male Or Female)
  12. Best Rescued Dog (Male Or Female)
  13. Best Puppy: 4-12 months old (Male Or Female)
  14. Best Handler
  15. Best Child Handler (Up to the age of 10 years)
  16. Best Child Handler (11 – 16 years)
  17. Best Condition Dog (Male Or Female)
  18. Best Fancy Dress (Male Or Female)
  19. Best In Show (Free Class For All Winners)


Cornish Garden Celebrates Trade and Cultural Links with China

Cornish Garden Celebrates Trade and Cultural Links with China

THE trade and cultural links between Cornwall and China will be celebrated in a new exhibition by the Chinese owner of a popular public garden in The Duchy.

Chang Li owns the site of Pinetum Gardens in St Austell – which accommodates the former home of Sir Alan Dalton – ex Chairman of the English China Clays Group (ECC).

Sir Alan is credited with delivering a 20-fold increase in exports during his tenure due to globalisation – which included forging strong links with mainland China. He was a much-loved figure in the business and public life of his adopted county of Cornwall.

Chang Li said: “Sir Alan Dalton’s home is situated right next to our courtyard and tea rooms, and we saw people passing it every day – unaware of its significance for the local china clay industry and landscape. We felt it was important to bring that story to life.”

Further, the alternative name for China clay, kaolin, came from the Chinese province of Gaoling. The material was first used in China many centuries ago to make fine porcelain. William Cookworthy spotted a gap in the market – and a mere 250 years ago found an alternative source of the material in Cornwall, and started the china clay industry.

Now Mr Li has invited a team of dedicated volunteers from the local China Clay History Society, comprising scores of former staff from ECC, to take time out from supporting Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, and help him to research the Cornwall/China exhibition.

In the coming weeks, the team will unveil an exhibition giving an overview of the china clay industry in Cornwall through the years; as well as accounts of the life and work of local people. The material will go on display in the courtyard, which is free to enter

Mr Li added: “Cornwall and China may be on opposite sides of the world, but the people share many qualities – such as being hard-working, enterprising and innovative.  We are proud to play a small part in bringing these connections to life.”