A place of tranquility and peace

About Us

Established in the heart of St Austell more than 40 years ago, Pinetum Gardens is a place of tranquillity and peace largely created by Ray and Shirley Clemo; Shirley is an expert on plants and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her work at Pinetum. A garden for all seasons, the 30-acre site is home to one of the largest plant collections in the county, set within stunning parkland and some of Cornwall’s most spectacular champion trees.

Chang Li has introduced elements of Eastern influence, most notably in the Asian Garden area; he’s also enhanced the visitor experience due to his keen desire for the gardens to be enjoyed by the community.

Sir Alan Dalton

Sir Alan Dalton, Chairman of English China Clays and a much-loved figure in the business and public life of his adopted county of Cornwall.

Ray and Shirley Clemo

From left to right: Chang Li, Ray and Shirley Clemo. The Clemo’s were the principle creators of the gardens, Shirley is an expert plantswoman and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for this garden.

Chang Li

Chang Li. Introduced elements of Eastern influence, enhanced the visitor experience, and a desire for the gardens to be enjoyed by the community.


As a trial, we are opening for exercise on limited days and a time slot basis so we can adhere to social distancing. To book your time slot please click on the link below:


We have a very limited number of new memberships available.

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To apply for new membership:

By filling in form on website.

By text to 07483 901419.

By Email: hello@pinetumgardens.com  (include your mobile number)

Or come into Garden between 11am to 2pm on Monday to Friday only.

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