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garden team news

We have all been enjoying the warm sunny days…. apart from poor Chris who has been praying for this wet weather to help him with his hayfever. Chris really struggles with grass pollen so to help him out we have given him a strimming free week. In addition Rosie...

paeony season

The much awaited peonies are out- about a month later than normal- but well worth the wait. The variety in the plat is ‘Sarah Bernhardt’. I don’t normally feel much affection for overly pink fluffy flowers but these really are an amazing and clash...

Bat Camera back in Action!

A new infra-red light has arrived and been set up in the rooftops of the visitor centre so our BatCam just past the ticket office is now back in action!  The rare Lesser Horseshoe bats use Hestercombe as a nesting ground and the camera, installed carefully so as not...

Memories of Hestercombe: The Portman Chapel

Chapter Two: The Portman’s & the Church of St. Mary, Hestercombe “I remember well how, when I came to St. Andrews (Taunton) in 1947, I was faced with a very large and run-down parish, & no curate . . . and no car. You can perhaps imagine how I thought when I...

Some of our lovely members!

This weekend was a busy one for events, a big wedding on Saturday and Father’s Day BBQ on Sunday. Even though the weather wasn’t perfect we still had some stalwarthy folk who came along to enjoy the food and games on Sunday. Here is a lovely photo of two...