Newquay Zoo is not only home to hundreds of different species of animals, but it is also a lush sub-tropical garden filled with beautiful plants from around the world.
Enclosures are planted to create realistic and natural environments for the animals. Cornwall has a famously rich heritage of gardens for pleasure, display or education, often with links to the plant hunters who brought back to Cornwall new plants that thrived in the mild, damp maritime, almost subtropical climate of the county.
This beautiful garden showcases a variety of Japanese and Asian plants including Acers and Azaleas. The garden follows a traditional planting style found in Japanese garden design.
As you explore the zoo you will see that large areas have been left to create wild spaces where bluebells, primroses, daffodils, narcissi and other native plants can be found along stream banks and hedges. Plants like nettles and brambles may be considered as weeds, but they provide food for hundreds of species, so by allowing them to grow we can encourage native species of insects and birds to the zoo.
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