3. Practical Tasks - Ashcombe Gardens, General Garden Volunteer

Main Activity:

Volunteer and help us uncover and restore Ashcombe Gardens in Simonsbath, clearing paths, carrying out gardening, planting, pruning and researching its fascinating history.


The Gardens lie at the heart of what was once the Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor. In 1818 the Forest was purchased by John Knight, an industrialist from the West Midlands who planned to transform it into a great estate, with a mansion at its heart in Simonsbath, surrounded by picturesque gardens. Ashcombe Gardens represent one of the last Picturesque landscapes in England but it’s original vision was never completed. Traces of garden terraces, bridges and paths remain, but very little is known about the overall plan for the gardens..


Volunteers meet regularly on the first Monday of the month.



Ashcombe Gardens, Simonsbath


Time Commitment:






Skills/Ability needed:

The initial plan is to clear the overgrown vegetation and open the network of paths that wind up the valley from the car park.  You would be using hand tools and health and safety training will be provided where necessary.


What you need to bring:

Suitable outdoor clothing & sturdy boots, strong gardening gloves if you have them. We will supply any protective personal equipment required


What’s in it for you:

Opportunity to work outdoors in the stunning surroundings of the Barle Valley.  The opportunity to take part in an exciting restoration project, working alongside staff from Exmoor National Park to uncover this fascinating landscape.

Schedule Summary

The next 10 shifts (out of 13 total shifts) for this activity are as follows

Date Start Time End Time
Monday, June 06, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, July 04, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, August 01, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, September 05, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, October 03, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, November 07, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, December 05, 2022 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, January 02, 2023 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, February 06, 2023 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Monday, March 06, 2023 10:00 AM 3:00 PM