As the days shorten the asters are in full bloom on the East Terrace of the Formal garden, making a wonderful late show of colour.
Soon the trees in the landscape garden will start to change from shades of green to predominantly yellow, reflected in the Pear Pond and transforming the garden into a romantic Claudian painting.
We continue to work on a number of exciting projects in the house and gardens which will come to fruition in the new year.
The trust was recently successful in gaining planning permission to reinstate Lutyens and Jekyll's avenue of twenty Holm oak trees on the west side of the formal garden. This long hoped for restoration has become possible as the trust has also acquired vacant possession of the land, enabling the avenue to be replanted as originally designed in 1904.
In addition, we are working on a number of proposals that aim to continue to reunite and restore the historical Hestercombe estate. In the Landscape garden we are busy planning the restoration of the historic West Path Seat for visitors to enjoy. While in Hestercombe House we have identified a number of projects that will restore historically significant features in addition to improving accessibility. I look forward to updating you in the winter newsletter.
Philip White, Chief Executive