Lost Gardens of Heligan cutting jobs

One of Cornwall’s most famous tourist attractions has announced a round of job cuts. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near St Austell, has confirmed it will make a number of staff redundant following a round of consultation.

The award-winning attraction, which was famously taken over and restored by Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit in the late 1990s, said the redundancies were necessary following the merger of two departments. The attraction, which employs around 125 staff, said bringing its retail and admissions teams together would result in up to 10 job losses – which is around eight per cent of its total year-round workforce.

A spokesman for Lost Gardens of Heligan said: “In line with many businesses, we are constantly looking at how we can improve our operational efficiency and visitor experience. As part of this development, we identified that bringing the retail and admissions teams together would drive a better visitor experience for this season.

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“Following due process of law, we are now consulting with the affected teams. This means that a small number of people (ie less than ten) will probably end up leaving Heligan in due course.’

The spokesman added: “This is truly regrettable and not a decision we have taken lightly given the impact on individuals. regarding the long-term sustainability of our operations.”