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   Inside Out - South West: Monday September 12, 2005


Cup of tea
Anyone for a cuppa? Cornish cream teas brew up

Inside Out investigates an unique tea plantation in Cornwall, visits Tale Valley's wildlife, and speed guns.

This week's stories:

A taste for tea

Russell Labey visits the unique tea plantation in Cornwall to sample the UK's first commercially grown cuppa.

The plantation is the brainchild of Jonathan Jones, head gardener at the Tregothnan estate on the banks of the River Fal.

Tregothnan Estate has created high quality tea conditions superior even to those in Darjeeling, home of the world’s most famous tea.

Tregothnan has a history of botanical firsts, and is home to original introductions of Magnolia and rarities from Darjeeling.

Tea at Tregothnan comes from a special form of Camellia sinensis.

Tregothnan can now boast a major achievement and world first - true English Tea.

Future developments at Tregothnan include a New Garden for Cornwall, a true tea garden with rolling acres of tea, factory, tearooms and visitor centre.

Russell follows Jonathan Jones' quest to launch his tea at one of London's top food stores.

Tale Valley

Popular wildlife presenter Nick Baker joins the Inside Out team and explores the beautiful Tale Valley in Devon.

Life after Swampy - how is the Tale Valley adapting today?

The valley was the scene of huge protests in the 1990s when the A30 dual carriageway was built.

Remember Swampy?

Nick sees how the environment was affected by the scheme.

He also looks at the efforts of local people to preserve their valley and reintroduce Water Voles to the river.

Also featured:

Speed guns

Inside Out investigates speed guns and driver prosecutions in the South West of England in an exclusive investigation.

See also ...

Inside Out: South West
Wind in the willows

On the rest of Inside Out
Water Voles


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Tea Council
Tregothnan Tea

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