7:30pm - 9:00pm | Cost: £10

Join us for an evening with Young Organic Grower of the Year, Ashley Wheeler, for the first in our new Bampfylde Series of talks and discussions.

Ashley and Kate Norman won the Young Organic Grower of the Year Award in its first year (2021) for their commitment to organic principles and how their attention to good soil management and biodiversity has helped them deliver quality vegetable production despite a farm with a high water table and poor drainage. They were also commended for their commitment to ongoing training, including their support for the Landworkers’ Alliance.

"Ash and Kate at Trill farm have been at the centre of organic growing in Devon, not only producing truly world class salad and vegetables but also encouraging other local farms to start on the organic journey. Having been a chef for twenty years I've rarely met anyone producing such wonderful ingredients with such a commitment to sustainable and ethical food, they have been an amazing part of us creating stunning organic dishes which continue to surpass our guests expectations and long may our partnership continue."
Gelf Alderson, Head Chef River Cottage HQ

We welcome Ashley back to Hestercombe some years after he began his career in horticulture and growing as part of the Hestercombe garden team. Ashley will share the journey they've been on and stories from setting up a successful Organic market farm, as well as insights in to how they use sustainable principles to nurture and manage the land.

Pre talk supper

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

Pan fried sea bream, served with crushed jersey royals, watercress and pea veloute and roasted carrots

followed by

Roasted peach and raspberry eton mess

A vegetarian and vegan option is available. are Please do email us at food@hestercombe.com with any dietary requirements you may have.


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

Tickets are priced at £10 for non-members and £8 for members. Members will be given priority booking before remaining tickets are released widely.

Help us continue our important restoration work

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Event Location

Bampfylde Hall
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG
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