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Join us for a very special evening as we host our annual Bampfylde Lecture - held each year on the anniversary of the birth of former owner Coplestone Warre Bampfylde.

Philip White MBE, Hestercombe's founder and Chief Executive will be retiring in March, following a career of more than thirty years leading the restoration and preservation of this historically important and nationally significant house and gardens.

In celebration of Philip's contribution to Hestercombe this exclusive event will bring Philip together in conversation with author Tim Richardson. Tim is a garden critic and landscape historian, among the world's experts on the landscape garden movement, and has written numerous books on landscape design.

Tim and Philip will be exploring the deep and fascinating history of Hestercombe's gardens and their relevance to the wider landscape garden movement. Tim will be delving into Philip's journey, from re-discovering and restoring the historic estate at Hestercombe having first recognised the remains of the then derelict eighteenth century Landscape Garden in 1991 during his lunch breaks, when working in his role as a wildlife conservation officer based at Hestercombe House.

This is an event aimed at raising funds for Hestercombe's continuing restoration and preservation work.

Pre-lecture supper

If you would like to enjoy a supper with us before the lecture at 5.30pm, consisting of two-course and a small glass of wine, please add this in addition to your ticket(s).

Main course

Trio of Westcountry pork. Seared tenderloin, slow braised belly and a white pudding pig cheek bon bon. Served with heritage carrots, pomme puree and a sauce Diable


Vegetarian alternative - Jerusalem artichoke Orecchiette pasta with smoked baby leeks and goats curd


Poached baby pears, lemon mousse and vanilla syrup

Please email us at food@hestercombe.com with any dietary requirements you may have.

Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson is the former landscape editor at Wallpaper*, gardens editor at Country Life and founding editor of New Eden. He is the author of numerous books on landscape design, including The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz, Avant Gardeners, Futurescapes and Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks, published by Thames & Hudson.


Tickets are priced at £15 for non-members and £12 for members. Members will be given priority booking before remaining tickets are released widely.

This is an event aimed at raising funds for Hestercombe's continuing restoration and preservation work.

Help us continue our important restoration work

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Event Location

Bampfylde Hall
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG
Philip White portrait 21 March 2023

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