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HESTERCOMBE ONE STEP CLOSER TO RESTORATION

The restoration of one of England’s most important historic gardens, the unique Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton in Somerset, is one step closer thanks to a £1.5 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

The NHMF grant has enabled the Hestercombe Gardens Trust to acquire land totalling 320 acres, reuniting the world-class, Grade I registered landscape, gardens and buildings for future generations.

Now returned to its full size, what makes Hestercombe Gardens so important is that it combines four complete period gardens spanning four centuries of garden design.

The newly acquired land includes the site of a rare, early-seventeenth-century Water Garden which it is planned to restore together with other historic features within the park. Planted to its original design, Hestercombe’s Formal Garden is considered the finest example of the famous collaboration between garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens.

The purchase also allows for the possibility of extending the current contemporary art gallery in the house to include outside spaces for the display of art. This will affirm the Trust’s ambition to become a national Centre for Arts & Landscape.

Popular TV gardener Monty Don, who has filmed at the site several times, considers Hestercombe one of his very favourite gardens.

Hestercombe Gardens Trust chairman, Sir Andrew Burns KCMG, said: “This is a tremendous vote of confidence in Hestercombe and recognises Somerset’s leading heritage garden as a site of outstanding national importance. We are enormously grateful to the National Heritage Memorial Fund and our other funders for their most generous and timely assistance in securing the future of Hestercombe for public enjoyment.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of NHMF, said: “On a par with Stourhead, Castle Howard and Blenheim, Hestercombe is an exquisite landscape with such an important story to tell in the history of English garden design. This was a once in a generation opportunity to restore it in full and one that we at the National Heritage Memorial Fund felt had to be seized .”

The history of Hestercombe
The Hestercombe estate was sold to The Crown Estate by the Portman family in 1944. In 1961 The Crown clear-felled all the eighteenth-century designed landscape, parkland and woodland for its timber value. This process also drained the lakes and destroyed a number of garden buildings. The statuary from the Lutyens garden was sold off and the Georgian landscape and surrounding woodland were replanted as commercial forestry.

In 1953 Somerset County Council rented Hestercombe House from The Crown to provide a headquarters for Somerset County Fire Brigade. In 1973 Somerset County Council began the restoration of the Formal gardens designed by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, which was awarded a European Heritage Award, the council also purchased the house and formal gardens.

The total cost of acquiring the land, following the Crown Estate’s decision to sell off its agricultural holdings, together with a picturesque gatekeeper’s lodge, which was acquired separately, was £2.7 million. Substantial and generous partnership funding to complete the purchase was received from three private trusts and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Philip White MBE, Founder and Chief Executive, said that: “This had been a remarkable and possibly unique opportunity to put back together a nationally important historic landscape when so many others are broken up, which has been made possible thanks to the vision of Hestercombe’s trustees and its generous supporters.”

The Hestercombe Gardens Trust is very grateful to the leaders of both Somerset County Council, Cllr David Fothergill, and Taunton Deane Borough Council, Cllr John Williams, for their strong support and also to Taunton MP, Rebecca Pow, a long time champion of Hestercombe, who was able to promote the application at a national level.

SMALL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR EXMOOR PROJECTS

Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund Small Grants scheme is offering grants of up to £2,500, for projects that can make a difference for Exmoor. Funding of up to 75% is available to cover both capital and revenue costs.

Projects need to deliver National Park purposes: to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area, or promote opportunities to increase public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area.

The National Park Authority is especially interested in projects that provide opportunities for volunteering on Exmoor, widen audiences, and benefit conservation.

Improve a habitat, complete a local wildlife survey, investigate some heritage, create a local guide, engage a new audience, arrange a nature day, explore Exmoor’s moorland, woodlands, rivers and streams, conserve a local landmark.

If you have an idea that you think might be eligible contact the Funding Officer on 01398 322237 or email partnershipfund@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

Full details, guidance notes and application forms are available on the Authority’s website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/grants-and-funding/partnership-fund

EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK PARTNERSHIP FUND SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund Small Grants scheme offers funds of up to £2,500, for projects that can make a difference for Exmoor.

Funding of up to 75% is available to cover both capital and revenue costs.

Projects need to deliver National Park purposes: to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area, or promote opportunities to increase public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area.

We are especially interested in projects that provide opportunities for volunteering on Exmoor, widen audiences, and provide conservation benefits for Exmoor.

Improve a habitat, complete a local wildlife survey, investigate some heritage, create a local guide, engage a new audience, arrange a nature day, explore Exmoor’s moorland, woodlands, rivers and streams, conserve a local landmark.

If you have an idea that you think might be eligible contact the Funding Officer on 01398 322237 or email partnershipfund@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

Full details, guidance notes and application forms are available on the Authority’s website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/grants-and-funding/partnership-fund

£3,000 UP FOR GRABS TO CELEBRATE TOUR OF BRITAIN

Would you like to host an event in your community to celebrate the Tour of Britain travelling through North Devon?

North Devon sets the scene for a large part of the Stage 2 route and Stage 2 Finish of the 2018 Tour of Britain cycling race and North Devon Council is offering schools, clubs and community groups grants of up to £200 to support celebratory events in the district.

Stage 2 of the Tour is hosted by Devon County Council and supported by North Devon Council. It arrives in North Devon on 3 September and the route takes in much of the breath-taking scenery of North Devon, travelling through a number of villages, towns and communities in the district. North Devon Council is making £3,000 available to support local events, with grants of up to £200 per organisation, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events could include street parties or mini race competitions, reminiscence activities to gather peoples histories and links to the communities they live in. Or you could engage your school in an arts competition – the choice is yours! Events can take place at any time in the run-up to the Tour of Britain, they don’t need to be on the day the Tour arrives in North Devon. Complete an application form online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/eventgrants by Friday 17 August 2018.

North Devon Council’s Executive member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We’re so excited that North Devon will be hosting a large part of Stage 2 of this iconic race and we would like our local communities to feel inspired and get involved. You don’t have to live on the route to apply for a grant to hold an event. Go online today to see if you are eligible.”North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “The economic benefits of the Tour of Britain coming to North Devon are obvious, so we’re really pleased to be hosting the event again this year. The route passes through many of our towns and villages, including Barnstaple, Croyde, Woolacombe, Ilfracombe and South Molton; it’s going to be fantastic. We want to encourage the local community to get involved and celebrate the Tour, so we’re making some funds available to support community groups and schools to hold their own events in the run-up to the main event. Take a look at our website for more information on how to apply.”

More information is on the council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk/eventgrants. If you need help with your application or want to check if you are eligible to apply, contact Vanessa Harrison on 01271 388216 or email vanessa.harrison@northdevon.gov.uk.
Photo courtesy of Sweetspot

LOTTERY FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS IN TAUNTON DEANE AND WEST SOMERSET

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for local charities, voluntary or community groups, sports clubs, or social enterprises based within either Taunton Deane or West Somerset and the deadline to apply is Monday 26 February.

The Local Community Fund, which is administered by Somerset Community Foundation on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset District Council, was set up to support community projects in the local area by distributing money raised from the Somerset West Lottery, which raises money within the community for the community, enabling people to support the causes they care most about, while also helping good causes to connect with their supporters.

A ticket for the Somerset West Lottery costs £1 per week, 60p of which goes directly to good causes – more than double what the National Lottery gives. Players can choose to support a named local good cause, or they can decide to award their contribution to the Local Community Fund. Grants are awarded from the fund by a panel of Borough or District Councillors, depending on where the project is being delivered.

Groups wishing to apply for funding, should visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/somersetwestlottery or call Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 for more information.

If you run a local community project and would like to find out about our other funding programmes, please call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk

ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY FOR COMMUNITY COUNCILLOR GRANTS FROM NORTH DEVON COUNCIL

The deadline for applications for the Community Councillor Grants fund is fast approaching. So if your group or club is looking for funding, North Devon Council currently still has over £23,000 yet to be awarded. The closing date is 31 January 2017.

The scheme offers support to organisations and projects that directly help local people, the local environment and the local community. Each of our 43 North Devon councillors has £1,000 allocated to award to projects or groups throughout the year.

Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past for running costs, start-up costs or equipment for a new project or service.

To qualify for a Community Councillor Grant applicants must be a voluntary or community group, club or not-for-profit organisation that benefits the people and environment of the North Devon Council area.

Leader of North Devon Council, Cllr Des Brailey says: “Every year our Councillor Community grants help to support a variety of local clubs and organisations to continue their valuable community work and helps other projects to get started. There’s lots of information on the council website, including a list of all the projects and organisations that were supported by the fund last year”.

For further details, or to make an application visit  www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants or contact the office on 01271 388327.

PHOTO:Sticklepath PTFA receiving a cheque for new equipment at the school.

NEW ROUND OF CARBON NEUTRAL EXMOOR GRANTS

Working in partnership, the Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park are 
pleased to announce a new round of funding from the Carbon Neutral 
Exmoor project to support community-based renewable energy projects.

Funding is available to cover the costs of installing renewable energy
(including both power and heat) within community buildings across Exmoor
 National Park. The funding is offered as a grant repayable via the
 government’s Clean Energy Cashback for a period of ten years or until the 
grant is repaid (whichever is the shortest). This is at minimal risk to 
the community as cashback payments (through the Feed in Tariff for power
 and the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat) are guaranteed for a 20-year 
period once a project is accepted and the grant is only repaid via these
 contributions.

Archie McIntyre, Fund Manager and Vice Chairman of the Exmoor Trust
, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to play an active role in 
supporting communities that wish to take advantage of cleaner and
 cheaper energy. Our hope is that any community organisation that is 
interested in sourcing alternative power or heat requirements will be 
able to do so without having to find the significant capital funds often 
required for such schemes.”

On behalf of Exmoor National Park Authority, Dan James, Sustainaheble Economy
Manager, said: “To date the fund has been able to support over 20 
community projects through the Carbon Neutral Exmoor project, 
incorporating a range of technology from solar pv to woodchip heating
 systems. Not only is this work helping to reduce carbon emissions within 
the National Park, it is also helping to provide modern facilities within
 community buildings and helping them to reduce their monthly expenditure
on fuel bills.”

Community buildings that have benefitted in the past have include sport
 clubs, village halls, community-owned shops, schools and even a pub. At
 this stage any organisation that may be interested in taking forwards a
 project is encouraged to submit brief details to the Exmoor Trust as an
 expression of Interest by the end of March 2016. This will help to 
assess demand for the scheme now and into the future and the Trust will
 advise you as to whether a project might be eligible for a full 
application.

 For further details please visit 
www.exmoortrust.org.uk/carbon_neutral_exmoor_fund.php.