Austell Green – Our aim is to make St Austell Bay and its clay country a beautiful and healthy place to be. By bringing plants and the landscape to the fore we aim to engage with the public’s imagination asking them to reconsider the identity of the town, its location within Cornwall and the huge influence our gardens and landscape have had on the world.

During phase 1, 7,000 square meters of specialist wildflower meadows and garden cultivar were planted on the A391 creating a spectacular entrance to the eastern gateway into the town.

The established Green Whitegold Festival running since 2016, showcases the great estates and gardens that surround the town, including Heligan, Caerhays, Pinetum and the Eden Project. Local schools are invited to participate in gardening competitions. Music, fun and entertainment are the order of the weekend.

Our aspirations for the next phase of the Austell Project look to add further areas of land along the eastern gateway, the western approaches to the town and small intervention areas within the clay villages have been identified as opportunities to plant further wildflower meadows. Whilst landmark community gardens will be created and used by all, bringing together communities, instilling pride and sharing a sense of purpose. A regular farmers market will draw the community and local producers together.

We will focus on transforming public spaces, building community engagement, and developing our local, national and international horticultural reputation. This project will grow our regional and national horticultural reputation, attracting visitors to the area and increasing local pride in our landscape.

Click the images below to read about our journey so far….

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The Garden Route

A collective of landscapes welcoming locals and visitors into the town with new horticulture installations

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Lining the streets with colour

A riot of colour made of wildflower meadows lined the road verges of the A391 this summer

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Edible St Austell

Edible St Austell are developing sites across the town to grow fruit for the local community.

Ceramic Commissions


Jenny Beavan has been commissioned to create ceramic installations of clay country for Mount Charles roundabout.

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Pictorial Meadows

Pictorial Meadows have pioneered unique planting compositions using carefully composed plant recipe’s.

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National Wildflower Centre

Part of Eden’s Life Sciences’ team, making a difference to restoring wild habitats, species, landscapes and biodiversity.

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Garden Festival 2020

Dive into the plethora of activities and community initiatives from the online 2020 festival

Meet the Team

Darren Hawkes

Darren Hawkes is an RHS Chelsea Flower Show multi gold medal winner, Austell Project Green Programme Curator.

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StARR Project

The St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) is a flood alleviation and regeneration scheme led by Cornwall County Council.

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Making Space for Nature

A pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas is now underway in St Austell.