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How walking improves your mental health

How walking improves your mental health

Walking, Nature and Mental Health On Mental Health Day 2018 Have you ever noticed that warm fuzzy afterglow that emanates after a good walk? From a serious stomp to a gentle amble, walking – and generally spending time outdoors amongst nature – has been scientifically...
From the Archives: Hestercombe’s Octagon Summerhouse

From the Archives: Hestercombe’s Octagon Summerhouse

Rediscovering and Restoring the Octagon Summerhouse by Assistant Archivist, Ben Whitworth The restoration of Hestercombe’s Landscape Garden calls for a wide range of skills. For example, an Octagon Summerhouse is known to have existed in 1761 when someone listed...
Autumn Gardening: top tips

Autumn Gardening: top tips

Head Gardener, Claire Greenslade gives some top tips on autumn gardening. 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 and thanks to plant...
Toadstool Trivia and Fungal Forays

Toadstool Trivia and Fungal Forays

Tucked into tree roots and springing from the lawn, mushrooms are emerging by the dozen as autumn arrives at Hestercombe. And with the annual Fungal Foray not far away, we’ve got some toadstool trivia to share with you. We’ve all heard of frogs transforming into...