Regenerative farming and restoration of gardens

At the centre of The Lost Gardens of Heligan is the captivating story of Tim Smit, whose fascination with the legends of hidden treasures sparked a remarkable journey. Drawn by the allure of Heligan, he set out to revive the once lost gardens. Three decades ago, the gates opened and the gardens were opened to the public for the first time — a milestone in their rebirth.

This story reads like a page-turning romance, like awakening a princess who has lain dormant for 80 years. But the real challenge lay in revitalising the productive gardens.

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in this enchanting history, wander through lush landscapes and experience the wonder of a place reborn. Travelling through the carefully restored grounds, you will be immersed in history and become part of a story where the resilience of nature meets the perseverance of man. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a living testament to the triumph of restoration — a story you can experience for yourself.

Why is it regenerative?

Brings lost gardens back to life and offers a narrative of resilience and perseverance. Invites visitors to immerse themselves in history and become part of a story where nature’s resilience meets human determination. Shows the triumph of restoration by experiencing a revitalised site first-hand.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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Project N: 2022-1-LU01-KA220-VET-000089887

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