Private visit to Mill Wood, Halswell Park
with Edward Strachan
This is a joint meeting with Somerset Gardens Trust
Many have heard of the restoration of the gardens at Hestercombe, near Taunton, and of course of Stourhead (NT), but rather more quietly restoration has been in hand at Halswell Park, near Bridgwater in Somerset. These three landscape gardens were the creation of three friends - Sir Charles Kemys Tynte at Halswell, Henry Hoare II at Stourhead and Copplestone Warre Bampfylde at Hestercombe. Sadly, the fate of Halswell in the latter half of the twentieth century has been less than auspicious. By 1950, the estate, which had comprised 450 acres of parkland alone, was sold off in lots; woods felled, the deer park turned to agriculture and the follies destroyed or left to decay. It has been on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register; and, although the house was rebuilt after a fire in 1923, it retained only some thirty acres of the parkland and garden features in its immediate vicinity. The pleasure gardens known as Mill Wood half a mile to the west of the house, were in separate ownership for some 65 years until 2014 when they were reunited. The new owner, Edward Strachan, has embarked on an extensive programme of restoration to the house, gardens, and its many historic features. DGT members have the privilege to join with colleagues in Somerset Gardens Trust, on a tour to find out more about the history of this unique landscape and its restoration.
By kind permission of Edward Strachan.
When: Thursday 26th April 2018 | Lunch at 1p.m. Tour at 2.30p.m.
Where: Halswell Park, Goathurst, near Bridgwater, TA5 2DH. Directions and details of parking will be sent to those booking.
Cost: £17 (DGT/SGT members); £19.00 (non-members of the DGT/SGT). TICKET PRICE INCLUDES LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS.
How to book. A booking form can be downloaded here.