Tuesday 14 February 2012

Hestercombe House - a Valentines gift on a Grand Scale

Hot off the wires from Hestercombe Gardens Trust is news that 'following extensive discussions with Somerset County Council the Hestercombe Gardens Trust is delighted to reveal that it will be taking over the imposing Hestercombe House, the centre piece of the estate, under licence in the early summer and plans are afoot to open it to the public'.

In a statement, Hestercombe's Chief Executive, Philip White says that ‘Being able to re-unite Hestercombe House with its historic landscape for the first time in sixty years, is a hugely exciting prospect and we are delighted that Somerset County Council has been able to offer us this exciting arrangement which will...consolidate and reinforce Hestercombe nationally and internationally particularly with the proposed national Centre for Landscape Studies creating  a world class centre of excellence.’ The latter will hosting seminars, conferences, providing a research resource for the public, house the Hestercombe archive and the thousands of conservation management plans currently held by organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and Natural England.


  1. Really interesting. I love your blog!

    1. Thanks Hester - your kind words and support are much appreciated.

  2. Erika Diaz Petersen14 February 2012 at 21:45

    This is great news, and the prospect of a National Centre for Landscape Studies is fantastic (just wish it was closer to where I live!). That conservation management plans will be housed there and accessible is also potentially a very interesting and valuable resource for research.

    Have just discovered your blog and am also enjoying it a great deal, thank you! Looking forward to 'C'!

  3. Thanks for your comments, Erika. And 'C' is coming up today...