Bat Research

Bat Research

Researchers have discovered that bats have special structures in their brains that allow for sound information to get processed incredibly quickly. That means the bats that visit our roost above the Visitor Centre each year have extremely acute spatial awareness – far...
Help wildlife to get through winter…

Help wildlife to get through winter…

Winter is officially here, but before you chop all your foliage to the ground, think about the wildlife in your garden… The cold months last a long time if you’re a bird, a hedgehog, a deer or a rodent. Places to shelter are vital for the cold months, and food...
‘Bags for Help’ grant allows us to continue Jekyll’s work

‘Bags for Help’ grant allows us to continue Jekyll’s work

We are so grateful to Tesco as thanks to their Bags of Help scheme, we’ve secured a grant for £3,935, which will mean we can keep rare plants on site and bring them on in a new heated greenhouse. Gertrude Jekyll chose lots of plants for the Hestercombe planting scheme...
Get gardening this Autumn

Get gardening this Autumn

Head Gardener, Claire Greenslade gives some top tips on making the most of the garden this autumn. Now autumn has truly arrived there’s no need to down tools and hide until spring. We’re lucky in Somerset because we get to hold on to the warmer temperatures for longer...
In conversation with… Tim Knowles

In conversation with… Tim Knowles

Exhibiting artist Tim Knowles tells us about his career and his lovely studio space… the idea of flow, movement [often uncontrolled or directed by external forces] along a path, – drifting and the situationist notion of the dérive.  There’s a sailing...
Gallery News: Trish Morrissey

Gallery News: Trish Morrissey

This autumn (opens 18 Nov) the Hestercombe Gallery is privileged to welcome acclaimed photographer Trish Morrissey to its exciting contemporary arts programme. Having  exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in the UK and internationally, her work is in major...