- 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).
- Our opening hours for our restaurant and cafè have now changed for the autumn season. The Stables restaurant will be open Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm and Caffè + Gelato will be open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5:30pm.
We’re delighted to have been named as a winner of the European Garden Award 2016!
Oliver White collecting the award (Image: Schloss Dyck Foundation, Hans-Peter Reichartz)
Under the category ‘Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden’ we were up against some other great finalists including Schlosspark Ludwiglust (Germany) and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
Oliver White (Operations Manager) collected the award in Germany: “It’s such an honour to be accepting this award on behalf of everyone who works so hard to keep the house, gardens and gallery at Hestercombe thriving and growing year after year. We celebrate 25 since Hestercombe was rediscovered next month, so it’s timely to be winning this accolade now, and we are humbled to have been picked over such strong competition.”
The aim of the European Garden Heritage Network EGHN is to support the preservation, enhancement and creation of high quality parks and gardens in Europe, their wider use and sustainability in the context of policies to foster urban, regional, cultural and landscape development.
Christian Gruesson, who managed the awards, said: “The increase of public awareness for the cultural, economic, environmental and social values and resources of parks and gardens is also a key objective of the European Garden Award. We hope that the award combined with a further gain of publicity and image will support the finalists and winners in the future development of their concepts.”
Group photograph of winner and finalists of the European Garden Award (Image: Schloss Dyck Foundation, Hans-Peter Reichartz)
A big thank you to all our members , volunteers, funders, staff and lovely visitors who support us - we’re very proud and we can only continue this work with your help.