St Austell’s Tree Trail
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Walk through Fore Street (the main shopping street) and down hill into Truro Road (to the right of the “café” mural). In the grounds of the properties to your right are several fine trees including Copper Beeches, apparently a much planted tree in the town during the early years of the last century. On the other side of the road Truro Road park contains a number of notable trees and shrubs including a large Funnel Fruited Gum and in front of the flats, a Foxglove Tree, at its best when in flower in early summer. (You can make a short diversion through the park to get a closer look) At the traffic lights, walk over the pedestrian crossing and river bridge before turning left into River Walk.
The tall trees on your right are Limes, while the less impressive riverside trees are Sycamores. Emerging into Ledrah Road, cross over into Pondhu Road and with the river to your left, walk along the road, passing an old Oak and Sycamore in the gardens of houses to your right. When you get to the main, Penwinnick Road go over the pedestrian crossing and take a quick tour in the grounds of the Cornwall Council offices. Formerly the setting for a large private house … Pondhu House, now converted to office use, there are a number of fine mature trees including Oak, English, Turkey and holm, Beech and Lime.
Also note the veritable arboretum of young ornamentals planted to commemorate past Mayors of the old Restormel Borough Council. Walking back to the road, re-cross it and turn right toward the Pentewan Road junction. After passing a group of mature Sycamore and Ash growing alongside the river, turn left into South Street and then almost immediately cross the road onto a footpath running through open space planted extensively with a variety of trees including Monterey Pine, Birch and Rowan. Walking into the estate note the mature Oak, Sycamore and Beech growing on the old boundary hedge. Follow the estate road into Belmont Road and turn left. On the left is Tolcarne, with some big, old trees including Monterey Pines, that are a prominent landmark locally. Just past Belmont Court, turn left and left again into Eastbourne Road, passing the entrance to Tolcarne. Where the road meets East Hill, take the pedestrian crossing, walk past the entrance into Lidl … note the old, over mature Copper Beech in the car park before turning appropriately, into Beech Lane. Enter High Cross Street park (through a recent formal planting of Fastigiate Hornbeam with its Yews … English and Irish (the latter are the upright variety) Beech, Lime and Western Red Cedar. Turn right at the sundial and out of the top (Carlyon Road) entrance.
You have come to the end of this tree themed walk but if you want to venture out of town, please check out longer walks/bike rides down the Pentewan Valley to Kings Wood or north on the “Green Corridor” to the Wheal Martin China Clay museum.
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Below is a list of just a few of the varieties of tree that can be found about St Austell and it's surrounding areas.
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