The tea grown in England
Tregothnan, known as the home of English tea
Tregothnan, tea grown in England
The first tea gardens in the UK yielded Britain’s first home-grown English tea in 2005, creating the ultimate Britishness in every cup.
15 Years later and up to 20,000 tea bushes are planted every year, in new English tea garden areas across the wider estate in Cornwall.
The flora around the tea includes the famous pink Magnolia campbellii that was introduced from Darjeeling and often heralds spring in Cornwall before it arrives in Darjeeling!
From the Tregothnan estate
Tregothnan which, translated from Cornish, means “The house at the head of the valley” has the largest historic, botanic garden in Cornwall.
Its character was formed by the sixth Viscount Falmouth and his brother – the rector of nearby Lamorran who brought Rhododendrons, rare trees, shrubs and ornamental Camellias into the arboretum two hundred years ago.
Tregothnan is a rare example of a living and working private estate, supporting many families and communities in a protected environment.
Growing English tea since 2005
Tregothnan has been home to the Boscawen family since 1335. Inspired by a tradition stretching back generations, we began supplying England’s first and only tea (Camellia sinensis) in 2005, although Tregothnan is believed to be the first place to grow ornamental Camellias outdoors almost 200 years earlier.
As well as growing English tea, a diversity of lands also allows us to produce sustainable coppiced charcoal, Manuka honey and Kea plum jam. Seasonal British flowers are sourced from the Tregothnan estate and surrounding lands for our range of hand-tied English bouquets.