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Tresco is the second largest habited island with 735 acres and a population on 165.

Tresco has one of the most famous gardens in the world. The climate on the Isles of Scilly enables plants that would not survive anywhere else in the U.K. to thrive. The Duchy of Cornwall leased the island of Tresco to Augustus Smith in 1834. He built Tresco Abbey and started creating the garden and building up a magnificent collection of plants from all over the world. Visit also Valhalla, a wonderful collection of ships figureheads.

With two fresh water pools (the Abbey pool and Great Pool) Tresco is a birdwatchers delight. Spring and Autumn are the most interesting seasons when a host of migrating birds are to be seen including the Great Northen Diver, Purple Heron, Common and Sandwich Terns, Whimbrel, Golden Plover, Osprey.... the list goes on and on. Not to forget the butterflies such as the Speckled Wood, Peacock or a Clouded Yellow! Tresco is very much for the amateur or the discerning natrualist.

Tresco is a walkers paradise, visit Cromwell's and King Charles Castle. Which is you favorite beach, Pentle Bay, or Appletree bay? Luckily refreshments are available at the superb shop, from the Abbey Gardens cafe, (the birds are also tame here) or from the New Inn or the Island Hotel.

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