Mapperton House and Gardens is hosting two events next month


TWO events are planned later this year for plant and outdoor lovers.

Mapperton House and Gardens near Beaminster will host the events this fall.

The Mapperton Fall Plant Fair will take place on Sunday, September 19.

One of the largest events of its kind in Dorset, the Plant Fair sees men and women from across the region selling a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as garden accessories.

All proceeds from the event will go to Save the Children, a national charity whose goal is to ensure that all children reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstances.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission costs £ 5 per person, which includes admission to Mapperton Gardens.

The gardens will also host a guided walk during which visitors will be made aware of the project to rewild the area to support biodiversity and the recovery of ecosystems.

More environmentally friendly farming and land management regimes are gradually being implemented, while some areas are left to allow natural processes to shape the future landscape.

The walk will take place on Sunday September 12 and will be led by environmentalist Dr Tom Brereton.

The morning walk will discover the flora and fauna that are already beginning to flourish and walkers can expect to see the White Park herd of cattle, one of the oldest native breeds in the country.

Tickets for the walk cost £ 20 per person and will include coffee, cakes and cookies at Coach House Cafe in Mapperton.

Mapperton, the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, was named both the Garden of the Year and the most beautiful mansion in the country for 2020.

The mansion also appeared on the small screen last year as the backdrop for a Netflix series based on Daphné du Maurier’s Rebecca.

The public will also have the opportunity to visit Mapperton Gardens free of charge between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, September 13, as part of the Heritage Open Days. Reservation is not compulsory.

For more information on events and to purchase tickets for the walk, visit


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