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Hestercombe Gardens Trust

The Hestercombe Gardens Trust was established in 1996 as an independent charity to oversee the restoration of the gardens and to protect them for the future.

The Trust’s Objectives

The Trust’s charitable objectives are: to reclaim, restore, preserve, enhance and develop for the education and benefit of the public, the landscape, gardens and buildings of heritage, horticultural or architectural interest associated with Hestercombe and in support of this objective, to undertake educational work and preserve and maintain archives and collections.

Find out more about the work of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust in our latest Annual Review.


Mr Philip White MBE (Founder & Chief Executive)


Patrons and Trustees

The Trustees of Hestercombe Gardens are:

  • David Yiend (Chairman)
  • Godfrey Davis, FCA
  • Dr Marion Harney FHEA
  • Cllr Marcia J. Hill
  • Jo Matthews, MSc
  • Kate O’Sullivan, MSc
  • Catherine Pease, MA (Cantab), AADip, RIBA
  • Annie Prebensen, BSc, MBA, CFA
  • Rupert Taylor, BSc Hons, FCCA
  • Cllr Gemma Verdon, F.Inst.Pa
  • Josephine Waley­-Cohen


The Patrons of Hestercombe Gardens are:

  • Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB, CVO
  • Ralph Clark DL
  • The Hon Mrs Pease
  • Jane Brown
  • Lady Gass DBE
  • Penelope Hobhouse MBE
  • The Lord Poltimore
  • Sir Roy Strong CH