Before the snow set in, the youngsters of class two at Mabe School spent a cold but sunny day at Trebah Garden in Mawnan Smith.

The trip was organised as part of the pupils' new topic, sowing and growing, and fortunately the weather conditions were just right for them to explore the garden trails and the beach.

They learnt the names of a range of shrubs and trees which, they were told, had originated from across the globe. Rhododendrons, camellias, handkerchief trees and bamboo were amongst their finds.

Some plants were budding earlier than usual, which was a bonus for the children, who also saw traditional British spring flowers emerging, such as narcissi, crocuses and primroses.

Throughout their time at Trebah, the children were "beautifully behaved" and received praise for their politeness from a member of the public.