Hestercombe's gardens are now open for visits 7 days a week ~ but you must book a ticket online before you travel. Read our updated opening information
Peter Renshaw, Director and Trustee of Viridor Credits visited Hestercombe this morning.
Photographs were taken at West Combe Dam in recognition of the generosity of Viridor Credits who continue to support Hestercombe's restoration.
DAM GOOD FOR BATS!
Restoration work completed in Hestercombe’s secret West Combe Valley Hestercombe’s significant population of bats are benefiting from a huge new feeding ground in the form of a large lake that has just been reinstated in the little-known West Combe Valley. The lake, the centre piece of the secret 13-acre valley just off the main drive, attracts a mass of insects, acting like a giant food bowl for the colony of endangered Lesser Horseshoe Bats and the even more rare Barbastrelle bats that frequent the estate. A generousaward from Viridor Credits has enabled the tumble down ancient dam, built in the valley in 1698 to create a reservoir, to be skilfully restored and, following intensive excavation work, the lake has subsequently filled with water again. The overgrown valley has also been cleared and re-planting is underway to introduce a range of shrubs that will further attract insects to add to the bat bonanza. Ultimately, West Combe will also be open to visitors at specified times for countryside walks. “‘We continue to be enormously grateful to Viridor Credits for their on-going support at Hestercombe. The award we received towards the restoration work at West Combe has enabled us to open up this hidden gem of a valley; it’s proving a real boon to the bats and we hope to be able to open up walks here for visitors at certain times” says a delighted, Philip White, Chief Executive of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust.
Photo: PETER RENSHAW, Director and Trustee of Viridor Credits and OLIVER WHITE, Operations Manager of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust on the reinstated dam wall in West Combe Valley where bats now enjoy the benefits of the restored lake.
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Notes to the Media
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