Exmoor Lost Gardens: John Knight Spring Lecture

  • Wednesday 10 April at 2:30pm
  • Exmoor Lost Gardens: John Knight Spring Lecture given by Rob Wilson-North
  • Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY

Somerset Gardens Trust is holding a talk on the lost garden of the Knight family at Simonsbath. The garden was laid out in the 1820s but was never completed. Its creator was the cousin of Richard Payne Knight and a leading proponent of the “picturesque” movement. The Exmoor garden seems to have followed the same principles. Knight’s activities had a significant impact on the Exmoor landscape. On an estate once comprising some 20,000 acres, he built farms, an estate wall 29 miles long, roads and canals, as well as developing gardens at Ashcombe (which is in Somerset).

Rob Wilson-North is a landscape archaeologist who specialised in the study of abandoned gardens before settling on Exmoor. He is the Head of Conservation & Access for the Exmoor National Park Authority.

Tickets £15 to include tea and cake.  Please email dianahebditch@myfwi.co.uk you would like to go.

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