Tree Planted To Celebrate Air Ambulance

CHAIRMAN of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Lady Mary Holborow, has planted a rare tree at a secret garden in celebration of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall planted the Saxegothia Conspicua, or Prince Albert’s Yew, at the annual open day at Tregullow Gardens near Redruth on Monday 5th May.

She was joined by owners of Tregullow, James and Sarah Williams, and Cornwall Air Ambulance fundraising manager Susie Smith. The charity was invited to fundraise at the event by the Williams family.

The open day gives local people a rare opportunity to explore the estate described by the Sunday Times as a ‘truly secret garden.’

Lady Mary Holborow commented: “I feel very privileged not just to have had the opportunity to explore this beautiful garden, but also to plant this exceptional specimen which I hope will stand here long into the future. I hope it inspires future generations to think of the wonderful work of the Cornwall Air Ambulance and to celebrate all that is good about our county.”

The rare Prince Albert’s Yew originates from Chile and is rarely found outside the southern hemisphere. The first specimen was introduced to Tregullow by the famous Cornish plant collector William Lobb in the 19th century.