Festive visitors to The Lost Gardens of Heligan have helped raise more than £1,400 as the iconic gardens opened their gates for their annual charity day on New Year’s Day. 

Over the course of the day, visitors explored the gardens to walk off the festive excesses, blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a winter stroll through the historic 200-acre estate with family and friends. 

This annual charity day proved to be as popular as ever, helping to kick-start the fundraising year for Heligan’s chosen charity of the year First Light. The local community and the atmosphere created in the gardens over the day was the epitome of generosity showing that Christmas really was ‘the season for giving’. 

Laura Chesterfield, head of garden experience at The Lost Gardens of Heligan said: “We would like to thank all our visitors and staff who have given so generously on our annual New Year’s Day charity day. We know how much the fundraising means to First Light and we are delighted to help raise the profile of the wonderful work they do.”

Lyn Gooding, CEO at First Light said: “The overwhelming generosity shown by the visitors of The Lost Gardens of Heligan on New Year’s Day is truly heartwarming. Their support not only amplifies our mission but also symbolises the spirit of community and compassion.

"This incredible contribution will make a significant impact in supporting those affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. We are immensely grateful to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and everyone involved for championing our cause and fostering hope for a brighter future.”