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Glendurgan welcomes 50,000th visitor to gardens
11:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
Glendurgan in Mawnan Smith recently welcomed its 50,000th visitor which comes in the 50th year of the valley garden being open to visitors.
When they arrived, the Reynolds family from Bedfordshire were surprised to be confronted by three of the garden's team armed with a bouquet of golden flowers and a golden ticket containing shop vouchers, free lunch for the family and a long weekend break in the most popular of Glendurgan's holiday cottages - the Old Schoolhouse in Durgan.
Robin, Patsy and their children Jake and Grace were on their first visit to Glendurgan and had come specifically to see the 180 year old maze after reading about garden puzzles in a book.
As well as being a source of great excitement for the Reynolds family and the Glendurgan team, marking 50,000 visitors is a barometer of how much better tourism in Cornwall is faring compared to last year.
This time last year less than 40,000 people had visited the garden - with poor weather adversely affecting numbers at visitor attractions in Cornwall and the rest of the UK.
Glendurgan manager Jon O'Donoghue said: “Celebrating 50 years of opening Glendurgan to visitors after the generous gift to the National Trust from the Fox family has been a whole lot of fun for us here.
“We've had 1960s nostalgia, golden cake and now sprung a surprise on our 50,000th visitors. We've got many memories and hopefully the Reynolds family won't forget their visit today and their future stay in Durgan village.”
Glendurgan is open every day in August, and Tuesdays to Sundays from September to the beginning of November, between 10.30am and 5.30pm.
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