Restoring Edwardian Elegance: Heritage Punt Launch

Restoring Edwardian Elegance: Heritage Punt Launch

On Tuesday 28th August 2018 we were absolutely delighted to restore Edwardian elegance to our Pear Pond by launching a traditional punt in front of a small, invited crowd of trustees, staff, volunteers, local businesses – and some lucky visitors! The punt’s design was...
5 Ways You Can Try Wildlife Gardening at Home

5 Ways You Can Try Wildlife Gardening at Home

There’s little better than a butterfly fluttering past, a bee buzzing by or a dragonfly darting through when you’re pottering in the garden. You can make those chance encounters more likely by embracing wildlife gardening. Luckily, finding the balance between a...
Why do we make charcoal at Hestercombe?

Why do we make charcoal at Hestercombe?

If you wander up to the far reaches of the Landscape Garden here at Hestercombe, you’ll stumble upon our kiln. It’s not for firing clay and it’s not for heating glass… it’s for the hot, dirty, smoky work of making charcoal. Tucked between the trees, close to the...
In conversation with… Helen Sear

In conversation with… Helen Sear

As our new exhibition by internationally artist Helen Sear opens we speak to her about her work: Where did you begin your career as an artist and how has this developed? I studied Fine Art at Reading University and later at University College London’s Slade School and...
3 Plastic-free Gardening Tips to Try Today

3 Plastic-free Gardening Tips to Try Today

As horticulturalists, plastic has historically been a huge part of our gardening efforts. Just think of all the seed trays, plant pots and plastic watering cans we get through, even in a small garden! Unfortunately, these items can take hundreds of years to break...