Who are The Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park ?
The Friends of Mt Edgcumbe Country Park (FMECP) is a registered charity (No. 295261) consisting of like-minded people who love the Park and wish to see it presented and improved for the enjoyment of generations to come. To this end, the Friends work in conjunction with Park management to encourage the Park’s use and development and to raise funds for special projects.
Information about Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
Mt Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. It is set in Grade I Cornish gardens at the heart of the country park which comprises 865 acres (350 hectares) of beautiful parkland on Rame Peninsula in the south east corner of Cornwall, right on Plymouth’s doorstep. The original building dates from the sixteenth century and the current house has been beautifully restored in 18th century style, in keeping with the furniture and family treasures it holds. The House, Earl’s Garden and the nearby Barrow Park Centre, are open to visitors on payment of an admission fee which is waived for members of the Friends.
The Park – a designated area of outstanding natural beauty – comprises a mixture of rural, wooded and formal gardens criss-crossed with paths and cycle tracks providing excellent all-year-round access. The Park holds the National Collection of Camellias and caters for cyclists, walkers, nature lovers and those just wishing to enjoy a picnic or relaxing day out.
Park access is via several entrances, equipped with well-laid car parks nearby and it’s also well situated for visiting by bus or the Cremyll foot ferry from Plymouth. Highlights include the formal gardens at the lower, northern end of the Park, which, in addition to many styles of garden, contains the impressive Orangery, adjacent to the Italian Garden which has some outstanding statuary. On the seaward side is the sheltered Amphitheatre which is at the centre of the treasured camellia collection. Admission to the Park, which is open all the year round, is free.
The House and Earl’s Garden are usually open from March to October. For more details, including the range of facilities to visit, special events and precise opening times, please telephone the House: 01752 822 236 or visit the main Mount Edgcumbe web site.