Malcolm Burns, head of rural at The Crown Estate said: “In line with our investment strategy, The Crown Estate is considering plans for its holdings in Taunton, including Hestercombe Gardens, and is currently discussing potential sales with tenants.
“Sales such as this play an important role in raising capital for reinvestment across our portfolio, in sectors where we have the scale and expertise to outperform the market.
“We will continue to work closely with our tenants and local stakeholders as plans for the estate progress.”
In 1903, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll created Hestercombe Garden’s Formal Garden.
In 1944 the estate was sold to the Crown Estate who continue to hold the land apart from Hestercombe House itself and the Formal Garden. These were sold to the Somerset County Council in 1978. Since October 2003, the gardens have been managed by the Hestercombe Gardens Trust. Somerset County Council transferred the freehold of the house, Formal Garden and visitor centre to the Hestercombe Gardens Trust, under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme.
Hestercombe Gardens Trust has confirmed that some land on the estate will be up for sale, though has not stated it is one of the tenants in discussions. A spokesperson said they had nothing further to say on the matter.
This post was written by: HortWeek