Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly generally have a warmer climate than the rest of the UK, due to the position of the isles in relation to the ocean and the spectacular warmth of the gulf stream. In 1834, Augustus Smith took over the leasehold of the islands at a time of great poverty and set about reforming their running. He built schools, restructured the farming industry and generally raised standards. He also settled on Tresco and created a wonderful garden in the grounds of its Benedictine abbey. His descendants still lease the island today, and the garden attracts visitors from around the world, drawn to its mix of species taken from across five different continents.

THREE things we did not know about the Scilly Isles:

  1. There are 5 inhabited islands: St Marys, St Agnes, Bryher, St Martin’s and Tresco. There are no cars on Tresco but you can hire bikes (which often go astray after a night at the pub!)
  2.  Isles of Scilly are home to some interesting birds, including Fulmars, Sandwich Terns, Willow Warblers, Sand Martins and Swallows. You can also find Razorbills, Guillemots, Cormorants, Dunlins, Plovers, Ducks, Kestrels and Peregrines.
  3. Tresco Abbey Gardens, a botanical paradise planted among the ruins of a Benedictine priory is home to over 20,000 plant species. It’s also home to red squirrels.

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