A New Botanical Learning Centre

in the

Heart of Penzance

The Morrab Botanical Gardens is a beautiful subtropical garden in the heart of Penzance. Nestled in the grounds sits the practically derelict, former stables building... 


The local Penzance community are working together to revitalize the old Morrab stables to create The Gardeners' House  - a new learning centre for botanical and horticultural projects, which will include a natural history reading room, lecture hall, open-air laboratory for ‘citizen science’ and communal activity spaces.

When we successfully achieve our funding goal the plan is to carry out the extensive building work. It will also fund community activity programmes that are scheduled for when the building opens, which will see this much needed community positive project well into the future.


With further fundraising and additional grants, a total budget of £1million plus will be reached which in turn will bring another great asset into our town!


"This is a really big project for a small town like Penzance,

and will provide benefits for years to come".

What our supporters say.............


“This purpose-built space for the gardeners and volunteers genuinely gives me hope and confidence in the future of the gardens.  The building is an integral part of the garden and needed saving.  This gives people the opportunity to find out more about the rare and varied plants we have here, and I am especially delighted to have indoor space for our teaching groups.”

Morrab Head Gardener - Joe Palmese 

“The Gardeners’ House will be a great asset to the Friends of Morrab Gardens  as it will provide a welcoming place for volunteers to change, keep their own tools and make a drink or snack.  I am sure improved facilities will encourage more members to volunteer to help in the gardens and encourage people to join The Friends.  Personally I am looking forward to having a dedicated space in which to keep all the files and papers associated with The Friends of Morrab Gardens.”

Former Chairman of the

Friends of Morrab Gardens - Rosie Hughes

‘This project a great leap forward for Penzance.  It is a most welcome investment in a moribund part of the Gardens, and it is a successful first step in what should become the pathway to a sustainable Morrab Gardens regeneration development.’

Penzance Council Member - Dick Cliffe 

“Sitting side by side, with the Gardeners’ House, we are looking forward to working together on joint projects.”

Sharon Mitchell, Manager Pengarth Day Centre

“This is great news and I am confident that this new community resource and learning centre will be of great benefit to the local community and visitors to the area.”

Cornwall Councillor for 

Penzance Central - Cornelius Olivier

“The Gardens are a gem in the very heart of Penzance,

and the Library, nestled within, is another. Not many

towns can boast such a pairing.For too long the gardens and the library have languished ‘moribund’. We need to leap up and down and wave flags and shout out about the wonderful things we have and do… learning and rest, beauty, archives, inspiration and peace, weighty academia and phatic chat, a place for nature, a place for friendship. Wonderful books and Tropical flowers.

The restoration and conversion of the gardener’s building will be the seminal event, the ’seed’, that builds a platform from which we can shout about ourselves and let everyone know where we are and the wonderful things within.”

Mark Penrose, Trustee Morrab Library

“I am extremely pleased that the first round funding has been granted for this project and look forward to seeing this important local asset being brought back into the heart of the community.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection - Councillor Jon James

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