To visit the Gardens, Gallery and House, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online (simply purchase gardens admission on arrival). Summer Late openings take place every Wednesday evening.
Key to our green credentials is our biomass boiler, which heats Hestercombe House, the Visitor Centre, the Estate Office, Woodland Barn and even our Victorian Greenhouses! Installing the biomass boiler in 2014 reduced our CO2 emissions by up to 90%. Previously it took around 40,000 litres of oil a year to heat the 90 plus rooms in Hestercombe House! Now we can sustainably use our own woodland to help heat the whole site.
Thinning out our woodland to help regeneration, we produce around 50 tonnes of softwood every year, which can be burned in the biomass boiler. A total of 350 metres of super-insulated pipe takes the heat to the house, the Watermill, the Visitor Centre and the Estate Office.
As well as our super-efficient heating system, we also compost all green food and garden waste, and recycle wherever possible.
Hestercombe also uses solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to produce electricity, which we can use in the Visitor Centre, reducing our demand for electricity from the national grid. Rain and natural spring water helps to power our Victorian turbine which is connected to a dynamometer to supply electricity to the Watermill complex as well as to power our waterwheel.
To support green travel, we offer an electric car charger in the car park. No need to book to use this - just turn up. Contact us if you have any questions.