The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery is a small part of the Duchy but it is very proud of its heritage. With Restormel Castle across the valley opposite us, our location is truly at the heart of the Duchy.

The History of Duchy

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate established by Edward III in 1337 to provide independence to his son and heir, Prince Edward. A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest surviving son of the Monarch and heir to the throne. The current Duke of Cornwall, HRH The Prince of Wales, is the longest serving Duke in history. The revenue from his estate is used to fund the public, private and charitable activities of the Duke and his children.

Visiting the nursery you will find an interesting and wide-ranging selection of quality plants on offer, from apple trees to agapanthus. But you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy a visit here. There’s a beautiful shop packed with tempting goodies and a café serving award-winning, delicious food, prepared daily by our talented chefs.

Originally a slate quarry, the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery began life producing forest trees in the late 1960s. It started to sell plants to the public in 1974 and went on to become one of the largest and most well-respected nurseries in the South West. With the opening of the new shop and café in 2011, the site underwent a further transformation. Beautiful plants remain at the centre of the business.

The Duchy of Cornwall also has a portfolio of beautiful holiday cottages in Cornwall, Wales and the Isles of Scilly. In fact some of the finest properties are only a short walk from the nursery down into the Fowey Valley, including Restormel Manor.

Plant selection at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel
Barbour Tattersall blanket in the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery shop
Barbour Tattersall blanket in the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery shop
Gardening quote reading 'Life begins the day you start a garden'

The Nursery has been designed to sit well within the local landscape, incorporating the Prince of Wales’ environmental vision.

Fruit trees growing in the greenhouse at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery
Cornish tree adviser Rob Crowle at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery Gardening secateurs at Duchy Nursery in Cornwall
Behind the scenes

Our Team

Meet some of the staff at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery: the people whose job it is to keep our customers happy!

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