SX4552 : Mexican Pine in the Earl's Garden

taken 12 years ago, near to Cremyll, Cornwall, Great Britain

Mexican Pine in the Earl's Garden
Mexican Pine in the Earl's Garden
Among the exotic specimens at Mount Edgcumbe is the rare Mexican Pine (Pinus patula). It is found in "Ireland and from Cornwall to Sussex in a few large gardens". The slender needles, up to 20cm in bunches of three, are seen here characteristically hanging from the shoots. One or two of the curved tear-shaped cones are visible. This is just one of many fine and unusual trees in the Earl's Garden.
Mount Edgcumbe
The rugged Mount Edgcumbe promontory is at the extreme southeast corner of Cornwall, bordering Plymouth Sound and across the Hamoaze from the city of Plymouth. At its heart is Mount Edgcumbe House, built in 1550 and surrounded by formal gardens, an eighteenth-century landscaped park, deer park and wooded hillsides dropping steeply to the sea.

The estate belonged to the Edgcumbe family for almost five centuries. Their original mediaeval home was at Cotehele ten miles to the north. They also owned the ancient fortified town of Stonehouse across the river.

In the twentieth century family tragedy, the impact of World War II and taxation led the sixth Earl to give Cotehele to the National Trust in 1947. The seventh Earl sold Mount Edgcumbe House and some 865 acres of land for use as a country park in 1971. With support from the then Countryside Commission the property was bought by Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council and managed jointly.

There is of course access by road in Cornwall. A popular way to visit from Plymouth is to take the Cremyll Ferry from Admiral's Hard at Stonehouse.

(Adapted from the excellent guide to Mount Edgcumbe by Cynthia Gaskell Brown).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 June, 2006   (more nearby)
Friday, 7 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Country estates  Park and Public Gardens 
Tree (from Tags)
Mexican Pine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4543 5268 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:21.2213N 4:10.4487W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4543 5268
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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