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Hedging versus Wooden Fencing

Posted on by Trevena Cross

The important thing to remember, without resigning yourself to unnecessary future upheaval, is that the decision you make about which screen or garden perimeter you choose for your garden is a really important decision and one for the long term, or even lifetime if you’re in your ‘forever home’. You therefore need to consider the lifetime value of the decision, not just the initial outlay or simple monetary implications.

The outlay for a six foot fence panel, cemented in with two eight foot wooden posts may be just £60 for the materials but if you were considering a professional install, the costs could soon stack up into the hundreds. A DIY approach to fence erection requires confidence and patience – accurate measuring and precise leveling, with time to wait for cement to set etc… The end result also requiring staining/weatherproofing, and annual maintenance to retain peak condition. A fence while robust, may also struggle in the harshest of winds/weather conditions, certainly when compared with a robust hedge, so unexpected maintenance issues should also be factored into the equation.

fencing panel

While we appreciate it’s not for everyone, our top pick without question would be a hardy planted natural hedge – something like the wonderful apple green Griselinia littoralis. The initial outlay for a few large 20ltr plants (used to cover the equivalent width of a 6ft fencing panel) may be more expensive in terms of initial outlay (our large, bushy 20ltr Griselinia plants are priced at £35.95 each, with quantity discounts in place for bulk buys), but the lifetime value of the finished hedge is priceless. Aesthetically, as an established hedge, it creates a very pleasing impression, and can be trimmed to any desired height  – unrestricted by the limits of a 6ft fencing panel. If you want a 7ft…8ft…9ft screen, you can. The choice is yours. The actual install can be handed over to a gardener/landscaper but is also perfectly manageable by a garden novice – with a bit of manpower behind you.

Once established a bushy hedge requires little maintenance – just an annual hedge cut as desired, and it can withstand harsh conditions, rarely succumbing to the sometimes brutal force of mother nature. In windy Cornwall, this point is particularly important, and all of our hedging options are not only the hardiest, but also able to withstand differing levels of salt-laden winds, whether suited to sheltered inlets near the coast (in the case of Griselinia) or the most exposed clifftop locations (as in the case of Olearia Laxifolia).

Newly planted 20ltr Griselinia hedge

If it’s a long term solution to screening that you’re after – an established hedge is definitely the way to go. And if you have time to wait for your hedge to grow and establish you can always opt for smaller plants at a cheaper cost (5ltr Griselinia £9.95 each), rather than buying an ‘instant hedge’ straight off.

Whatever the dilemma, don’t be afraid to take advice and take your time to make the right decision for you and your garden.

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Make your garden a peaceful, private haven

Posted on by Trevena Cross

As we all settle into the swing of 2017, goals for the home and garden this year creep onto the agenda, and we find one popular goal for the garden, before the main planting and ‘pretty’ seasons get underway, is ensuring quality garden boundaries are in place, that create the right level of privacy, screen out neighbours and any troublesome eyesores, and also provide great levels of protection for the rest of the garden, as windbreaks – particularly relevant at this time of year, when we often endure the worst of our annual weather!

Last year we assisted one customer, Mr S, who lived not far from Plymouth, with his urgent hedging requirements. Mr S had been away from home for a short while and when he returned was met with an unwelcome surprise. His neighbour had erected a boundary ‘fence’ out of different sized pallets. An eyesore to Mr S, he needed a solution and fast!

Pallet fence before hedging screen planted

After getting in touch with us, we quickly arranged for a pallet of our tall, bushy attractive 20ltr Griselinia plants to be delivered to him, in order to create a very natural and aesthetically pleasing screen in front of the pallets. Immediately planted, this ‘instant hedging’ option was able to provide an immediate solution to the problem. Its appearance will only improve over time too, as the newly planted hedge settles in, and bushes out even more to form a completely solid, natural screen and windbreak.

Newly planted 20ltr Griselinia hedge Newly planted 20ltr Griselinia hedge Newly planted 20ltr Griselinia hedge

Robust, quality, low maintenance hedging plants are often a much better option than man-made alternatives, for creating screens and barriers. They can work out a lot cheaper to install for one, but the fact that they are all natural, lends them to being a great complementary backdrop for other planting within the garden too – or as a great contrast to very colourful, bold planting statements in the garden. The point is, they’re very versatile, and they just ‘fit’ so well with a garden landscape. Man-made structures have to work a lot harder to try and achieve this same effect, and seldom ever do.

Check out our hedging options – like the highly recommended Griselinia littoralis, and see what might work for you in your garden!

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HALF PRICE SALE in the gift department

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Joining the sale bandwagon this January, we currently have a fantastic HALF PRICE SALE on many lines in our gift department! From bags to photo frames, skirts to children’s toys, we have a wide range of fantastic bargains waiting to be snapped up!

Sale includes:
All Zand skirts
All Shruti and Junction 18 products – which covers a wide range of bags and cases (different designs), scarves, home accessories (Shruti blankets NOT included in the sale).
A wide range of photo frames
Fair Trade Lanka Kade children’s wooden toys/puzzles
Suki children’s soft toys
Life charms
Di Palomo toiletries
Panier des sens en Provence toiletries

Half price Zand skirts Half price photo frames Half price Shruti bags Half price Shruti scarves

With a genuine requirement for space, so that we can introduce lots of wonderful new products to the department this 2017, we unfortunately must say goodbye to some of our existing lines. This discontinuing stock won’t hang about for long so come and snap up a bargain now!

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Creating Christmas Magic for Children & Charities in Cornwall

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Trevena Cross Nurseries near Helston made plenty of children smile in the run up to Christmas with its magical Santa’s Grotto, but it wasn’t just children that were smiling, as all proceeds raised from visits to Father Christmas, during the three BIG Christmas weekends at Trevena Cross, are being given to two wonderful local charities.

With big support from The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, Trevena Cross raised £3,320.00 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Leukaemia Trust.

Trevena Cross owner Graham Jeffery comments:

“We built on last year’s successful Christmas weekends to make this year’s even bigger and better. We built a brand new grotto from scratch, and the team worked really hard to make sure that it would be a truly magical experience for the whole family. We invested in real wow factor with our giant polar bear – a great photo opportunity – and our entertaining talking owl, Oggy! With extra touches, including plenty of snow, bubbles, chocolates and fabulous lights, we seemed to find the recipe for success!

It is really satisfying to know that we have helped lots of local families create wonderful memories in the build up to Christmas, but even more satisfying to be able to give two wonderfully worthy Cornish charities £1,660.00 a piece, thanks to the support of all our grotto visitors. It makes the many hours of hard work, beforehand and during the event, completely worthwhile.

A big thanks to The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, without whom, it wouldn’t all have been possible.”

Three year old Ethan in grotto with Father Christmas

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Trevena Cross Christmas Opening Hours

Posted on by Trevena Cross

Trevena Cross Nurseries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. We will be open as usual on all other days over the Christmas and New Year period.

Trevena Cross Christmas Opening Hours 2016

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Ho Ho Ho Christmas is here!

Posted on by Trevena Cross

Our first BIG Christmas Weekend was a frenzy of festive fun and we’re set to do it all over again this weekend! With market, grotto, lights, shopping, Christmas trees, music, food, drink, face painting, snow… we’ll let last weekend’s pictures do the talking!…And hope that you can join us this weekend, or next, for plenty more festive fun!

Find out more about the weekend ahead on our Facebook page.

family in front of polar bear with snow Oggy the Owl Nick and Rudolph Trevena Cross Market Trevena Cross Christmas Market Gwelhellin band playing Market stalls at Christmas Market Christmas tree forest entrance at Trevena Cross Craft stalls at Trevena Cross Ingrid Sofrin market stall greyhounds Father Christmas in his grotto Int he grotto at Trevena Cross Craft stall at Trevena Cross Coffee Van with Gwelhellin Coffee Van at Trevena Cross Face painting cabin at Trevena Cross Christmas Trees at Trevena Cross Gwelhellin at Trevena Cross Food Van at Trevena Cross Trevena Cross Christmas Tree Forest 2 Trevena Cross Christmas Tree Forest

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Forget Black Friday! It’s all about Festive Thursday!

Posted on by Trevena Cross

The first three Thursdays of December (1st, 8th, 15th December), we’ll be keeping the doors open and the lights on until 8pm, so that visitors get a chance to see Trevena Cross light displays in all their glory…whilst enjoying a festive atmosphere filled with music, shopping, mince pies, mulled wine, and of course some great bargains!

Santa sleigh and reindeer Christmas trees and lights

From 5-8pm we’ll be offering 20% OFF all shop goods*… that’s everything inside the shop!  Come along for some Christmas retail therapy – pick up the last of your decorations and lights, and of course some beautiful gifts for the whole family in our extensive gift department. From gorgeous toys for the under 5’s, to unique accessories for the home and individual, you won’t fail to pick up something just ‘a little bit different’.

Plus enjoy some live musical cheer with performances from local groups!

1st December – Penzance Youth Wind Band 5.45pm – 7.15pm
8th December – Mounts Bay Singers 6.30pm – 7.30pm
15th December – TBC

The Garden Kitchen Cafe will  also be open for that scrummy mince pie and glass of mulled wine – or perhaps a slice of one of their infamous cakes with a hot cuppa. Should you fancy something a little more hearty they’ll also be serving up one of their popular homemade soups and a winter warmer main dish, especially selected for the late opening evenings.

So come along and let us help you get in the festive spirit with a fun-filled evening!

*Offer excludes all real potted and cut Christmas trees.

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“On the Six Days of Christmas… at Trevena Cross”

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With the goal to be the most memorable grotto experience for children in the area, this year’s charity Santa’s Grotto at Trevena Cross Nurseries, is the result of boundless imagination, creativity and hard work. Opening for the first time on the garden centre’s first of three BIG Christmas weekends, on the 3rd and 4th December (from 11am), it promises to really capture the magic of Christmas – especially when visitors will be warmly welcomed by a very special chatty guest, before they reach the big man himself!

As last year, the success of the grotto would not be possible without the support of Helston-Lizard Rotary Club, who are volunteering their services again this year to help make the grotto possible. Visits to the grotto will be charged at £5 per child, to include a lovely gift from Santa, and with all proceeds donated to several designated local Cornish charities, including Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Cornwall Leukaemia Trust.

On all three weekends, (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th December) the grotto experience will be complemented by a Christmas tree forest, a wonderful undercover Christmas Market (10am-4pm) made up of around 50 local businesses/traders selling quality food, drink and a massive mix of crafts; live music, delicious food inside (in the Garden Kitchen Café) and out, and magnificent displays of lights, sculptures, gifts, decorations, snow, face painting…and the list goes on.


An ideal outing for the whole family, with free entry, free parking and good disabled access; plus a perfect opportunity to pick up the all-important Christmas tree too – with Norway Spruce trees up to 7ft high from only £20 each, and Nordmann Fir trees up to 7ft high, from only £25 each.

For more details about the three weekends please visit Trevena Cross Nurseries Facebook page.

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Trevena Cross Christmas Trees

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Our Christmas trees, cut and potted, will be landing on Trevena Cross soil shortly, and ready for sale the very end of November/beginning of December (watch for announcement for specific date!) …So we wanted to give you a heads-up as to what will be on offer this year… specifically drawing your attention to our EXCELLENT VALUE Norway Spruce and Nordmann Firs!

A massive number of Norway Spruces ranging from 5ft up to 7.4ft will be available for only £20!…And a massive range of Nordmann Firs ranging from 5ft up to 7.4ft will be available for only £25!

We will also have the lovely Alaskan Lodgepole Pine, which was a popular choice with many of you last year, and so has returned to the mix again this year!

Click on the images below for a full list of this year’s trees!

Cut Christmas Tree PricesPotted Christmas Tree Prices

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Magic Grasses

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Grasses are looking magic at the moment! Great additions to the garden at this time of year, when many other plants aren’t looking their best. These gems really make the most of the autumn breeze as they rustle and wave…

We have  a great variety – 64 varieties to be exact! – to choose from, in an array of wonderful colours and sizes. From Pennisetum to Libertia, Stipa to Carex, Miscanthus to Ophiopogon… and it’s our plant of the month too – find out more here…

peacock statue among grasses grass bench at Trevena Cross grasses at Trevena Cross autumn grass black grass variegated grass flowering grass flowering grass 2

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