Nicholas Pearson Associates

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Nettlecombe Park, Somerset

Client:  Nettlecombe Estate Ltd.

Location: Nettlecombe, Somerset

Nettlecombe Park is one of just two nationally important designed landscapes within Exmoor National Park.

It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest notified for rare lichens growing on ancient sessile oaks. The fine eighteenth century landscape park is also the setting of the grade I listed sixteenth century, Nettlecombe Court, now a Field Study Centre, and the medieval parish church.

We have been working with the owners of the Nettlecombe estate for over twenty years. Following storm damage in 1990, we produced a Historic Landscape Survey and Restoration Plan with grant aid from Task Force Trees. This report was revised in 2003 to support a three Countryside Stewardship Agreements held by the Estate, the Field Studies Council, and farm tenants. Recently, we have assisted with the planning and implementation of extensive capital works funded by Natural England, including restoration of the historic ponds and leat for native crayfish, reinstatement of historic parkland railings, and the extension of park and pasture woodland habitat.