Annual trip to a botanic garden: Tresco Gardens tour, Isles of Scilly

Tresco Gardens tour, Isles of Scilly and a guided wild flower walk on St Mary’s.

An itinerary of the trip is as follows:

Tuesday, 12 May

A guided tour of the Tresco Abbey Garden

The guided tour will start at 14.30 however, if you would like to spend time in the shop, or look at the exhibition, it would be advisable to allow sufficient time for this before the tour begins.

In order to catch the return boat to St Mary’s we will have to leave immediately after the tour.

Times of boats to and from Tresco will be confirmed once available nearer the date.

Entry to the Garden £12 per person
Tour £50 – cost to be divided by group
Return boat £7.30 per person (with discount)

Evening meal at the Mermaid Inn, St Mary’s – further details will be made available shortly

Wednesday, 13 May

Camera Obscura – Buzza Tower

Start 10.00 at Buzza Tower

It has been arranged for the Camera Obscura to be open in order for you to have the wonderful opportunity of seeing the surrounding area before our walk with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

The minimum number for this tour is six – please let Ann Paull know in advance if you would like to book a place.

As this is a disused windmill, access is by steep steps within the tower.

Cost: £5.00 per person
Maritime flora & fauna walk around Peninnis, St Mary’s
Start 10.45 at Buzza Tower
Finish 12.45 at Old Town bay
Cost: An optional donation towards the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust (collected at the end of the walk)
Please wear sturdy footwear and bring weather-proof clothing

Join Gemma from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust on a walk around the stunning peninsular of Peninnis on St Mary’s, where you’ll encounter some of Scilly’s most impressive natural granite formations, wonderful sea views and a diversity of native maritime plants. Bring your binoculars as this is the island’s best viewpoint for spotting sea mammals, such as dolphin and porpoise, as well as the protected seabirds which breed on Scilly. You’ll learn all about the work of the country’s smallest Wildlife Trust, the inspiring Seabird Recovery Project and what makes the islands an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This trip will also be taking place during Scilly Art Week

It is suggested that all members, as usual, are responsible for booking their own accommodation on the island. We will be meeting for both tours in Hugh Town.

With regard to hotel accommodation, some Flori members will be staying at The Star Castle Hotel, (who can also book your air/sea travel arrangements) however, there is an enormous choice of alternative accommodation on St Mary’s, for example camping on the Garrison and local bed & breakfasts. All information regarding available accommodation and travel can be found on Visit Isles of Scilly.