Tehidy Country Park
CEC worked with Cornwall Council to prepare a management plan for Tehidy Park to restore and enhance the parkland as a heritage, ecological and recreational resource in the future. Together with Historic Environment Projects we undertook a detailed investigation of old records, maps, plans and photographs to piece together the story of the Park and how it developed over time – the views, footpaths, statues, boundaries, avenues and planting etc.. A tree survey and ecological survey were also carried out to ensure that any proposals will not damage Tehidy’s nature conservation or landscape importance. The Parkland Plan was completed in 2011 and will now inform funding bits and future decisions on priorities and management.
Tehidy Country Park, situated approximately 1.5 miles to the north of Camborne, Pool and Redruth, has over 9 miles (14.5km) of paths and 250 acres of woods and lakes, together with a café and a picnic area. There are 5 main access points including North Cliffs car park, and South Drive car park.
Managed by Cornwall Council since 1983, Tehidy was formerly the estate of the Bassets, one of the most powerful families in Cornwall with extensive landholdings and mineral rights in the western part of the county. Tehidy House was once one of the finest in Cornwall and has now been converted into private flats.
Today Tehidy is a valued resource for the people of West Cornwall (in particular Camborne, Pool and Redruth) and at weekends the car parks are often full to capacity. Family walks with the children, feeding the squirrels and ducks, dog walking, riding, and running are all popular activities and it has been estimated that there are over 300,000 visits / year to the Park. The leat system (a series of ponds, lakes and streams created to direct and use water for power) add to the attraction.
What many visitors don’t appreciate, however, is that there were once extensive landscaped gardens here to match the opulence and grandeur of Tehidy House. Some features are quite apparent – the lakes and ponds for instance – but many have become lost over time, buried under soil and vegetation or even removed from the park completely.
For more information see Cornwall Council’s Tehidy Park web site.