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Feed the birds!

We are very lucky on the Estate to have lots of native wild birds. Some of them are regular visitors to the garden at Escot House. These are the usual suspects in an English garden, including blackbirds, finches, tits, sparrows, doves and occasional woodpeckers, peacocks, pheasants and ducks! We’ve been putting out food for the […]

Autumn at Escot Estate

There’s never a dull moment at this time of year! As the sugars in the leaves turn them into those wonderful autumnal colours, so too the ground softens with the seasonal rains. Before it became too wet we managed to run an aerator, or slitter, over the Park, lent to us by Devon Wildlife Trust. […]

How to ensure your bridesmaids dress to impress

We recently spotted a photo from the States with bridesmaids in black dresses. That might not immediately strike you as appropriate, but actually they looked great! And it got us to thinking about how you choose from the many colours and styles available for your bridesmaids. Reflect the season Seasonal colours are always a nice […]

Bake Off prompts thoughts of wedding cakes

You’ve probably noticed that Bake Off is back – and what a way to start, with glorious cakes galore! Including the iconic Bake Off intro chocolate cake with its infamous ‘missing raspberry’. Did you notice that one of the layer cakes was cutely designed as a mini wedding cake? Which got us thinking about all […]

A sign of the (olden) times!

Earlier in the summer we received an email from Jerry Jermyn at Exeter Cathedral School. Jerry had come across an unusual sign in the basement of the building on Palace Gate. It’s a shield mainly made of metal, bearing the Escot family crest, it may have been something to do with the business run by […]

Woodland thinning at Escot

Regular visitors to Escot Estate, including local dog walkers, will notice some changes to the woodland once all the footpaths are reopened after Beautiful Days. This is part of careful woodland management, which ultimately is better for the environment. Below, we have explained why trees have been felled. There are a number of ‘blocks’ of […]

Beautiful Days 2023 Footpath Closures

This year’s Beautiful Days festival is on from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th August. The Build starts on August 7th from which point vehicular access through the Park will be restricted to residents and festival traffic. Please see below for footpath closure and dates: From MONDAY, 7th AUGUST to WEDNESDAY, 30th AUGUST 2023 FOOTPATH NO. […]

Big Butterfly Count – help take nature’s pulse

Here at Escot Estate we are proud of our work in land and estate management, supporting a biodiverse environment where native plants and wildlife can thrive. Butterflies are a crucial part of the ecosystem. They are important pollinators as well as contributing to the food chain. Sadly, their numbers have been decreasing since the 1970s. […]

Foodies Festival 16 – 18 June update!

We are delighted to welcome back the fabulous Foodies Festival to Escot. A chance to see some fantastic chefs at work, including Michael Caines, Jazzi Curley, Carla Jones, John Holland, Charlotte White, Mark Dodson and Sam Lomas – and more! Music from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Toploader and Cocktails & Cabaret with Abba Tribute. Loads more besides! […]

Wild Bee Swarms

We recently spotted something a little odd on the terrace by Escot House. On closer inspection it turned out to be a huge group of bees, seemingly fixed to the stone wall! So we had a chat with Malcolm Crook, who keeps 14 beehives on the Estate, 2 in Escot’s gardens, 2 in neighbouring Wildwood […]

Your Wedding Website

Over recent years it’s become more of a thing to have a dedicated wedding website. But is it something you really need? Wedding websites provide a central place to include details about your wedding day, from location, dress code and travel and accommodation suggestions right through to wedding gifts. Wedding websites really can save you […]

Spring at Escot Estate

As the soil begins to warm and the signs of Spring proliferate, estate maintenance also gathers pace as the ground becomes more accessible. Fallen branches from winter storms can be cleared, whilst we leave piles of timber to provide habitat for insects, amphibians and small mammals.           The driveway always needs attention! Potholes have appeared and […]

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