Hestercombe Gardens Trust Update

Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset comprises three heritage gardens from different periods: a Georgian Landscape; Victorian Terrace and Shrubbery; and the famous Edwardian formal gardens, designed by Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens. All three gardens have been subject to a major Heritage Lottery Funded restoration programme over the last five years. This funding also enabled the Victorian Stables, the former workshops of the County Fire Brigade, to be converted to a Visitor Centre with all ability access.

The Trust’s next major project is the restoration and adaptive re-use of the derelict, seventeenth century, grade II Watermill and Barn, including the restoration of the original waterwheel and mill equipment. These heritage buildings will become an education space for visitors, local schools and colleges providing a focus for learning and interpretation for the whole site, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.

For more information contact Hestercombe via their website

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Painswick Roccoco Gardens, the Red House, Photo © Joab Smith