Fyne Court wildlife bid

This is The West Country: LIZ Hall and the volunteer team in the Somerset wildlife garden. PHOTO: National Trust. LIZ Hall and the volunteer team in the Somerset wildlife garden. PHOTO: National Trust.

FYNE Court on the Quantock Hills is undergoing a quiet transformation.

The large house and landscaped gardens have long been lost to fire and the wilds, but rather than opting to restore the garden to its former glory the National Trust is taking a different approach and creating a wildlife corridor.

Liz Hall, a volunteer ranger, is heading up the first phase of the project, creating a wildlife garden in the entrance of the cobbled courtyard.

She said: “I wanted to create a visual welcome for our visitors, that was also friendly to wildlife.

“The garden and additional feeders and bird and bat boxes that have gone up mark the start of a bigger picture, creating a wildlife corridor that runs to the dipping pond, on to the walled garden and beyond.

“We want the place to look cared for but in the spirit of wildness.

“We will be carrying out wildlife surveys later in the year to see who has made Fyne Court their new home.”

An informal drop-in day is being held at Fyne Court on Saturday, July 5, from 10am to 2pm when you can find out more about volunteering

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