The Next Darjeeling

Britain's first ever tea crop is being cultivated at Tregothnan in Cornwall and should soon be ready for sale.

In five programmes, Matthew Harvey monitors its progress through four seasons at this idyllic estate on the banks of the River Fal.

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01May2005060520060527

Britain's first ever tea crop is being cultivated at Tregothnan in Cornwall and should soon be ready for sale.

In five programmes, Matthew Harvey monitors its progress through four seasons at this idyllic estate on the banks of the River Fal.Head Gardener, Jonathan Jones, recently won a scholarship to study tea - growing all over the world.

He gives Matt a guided tour and a first taste of Tregothnan tea.

02August2005061220060603

The Honourable Evelyn Boscowen explains his family's seven century-long passion for plants while in the kitchen garden, rabbits have attacked the tea bushes.

03November2005061920060610

The plants have survived the first snowfall and Jonathan's latest schemes include the edible bouquet and deep fried tea leaves Bombay style.

04March2005062620060617

Matthew visits Rex Ellis, once a tea grandee in Malawi and now advisor to the Boscowens, and takes a look round St Michael Penkevil, the estate village that time forgot.

05 LASTMay2005070320060624

On his final visit Matt gets to see and taste the finished product in all its psychedelic glory.

And he's allowed to leave by the front gates usually reserved only for VIPs.