A garden for all seasons in the heart of the Welsh Marches

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A garden for all seasons in the heart of the Welsh Marches


(Pictured L to R Steve Lloyd, Head Gardener. Mell Lloyd. Edward Banks)

We say a heartfelt thank you and a fond farewell to Mell Lloyd, who has worked tirelessly for the estate over the last 30 years in various important administrative roles including Gardens and Estate Secretary  - but it’s not goodbye for ever as Mell will now concentrate on managing the highly successful Maples Tearooms in the Gardens which have been under her stewardship since 2021.

“I have worked almost half of my life for the Banks family and the Hergest Estate and I have loved every minute of it” Mell said. It was a very hard decision to relinquish my office role, but I will always be here. I am really enjoying the next chapter in my life and ensuring that visitors to our gardens have a wonderful experience at Maples Tearoom”

Ed Banks, owner of Hergest Croft Gardens and Estate said” We are extremely grateful to Mell for all of her hard work and diligence over the years. We wish her continuing success with Maples Tearoom.”

Congratulations to our very own Rowan!

Rowan Griffiths, one of our dedicated team of gardeners has just been honoured with one of the highest awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. 33 year old Rowan is this year's recipient of the Roy Lancaster Award, which is given to an individual under 35 who has achieved an exceptional contribution to the practice, science or promotion of horticulture. Rowan was personally presented with his award at a glittering ceremony in London. Rowan said " It is a special honour to receive this award in Roy's name escpecially as he has been a source of knowledge and inspiration to me from the early days of horticultrual career. "I also owe a special debt of gratitude to Lawrence Banks of Hergest Croft Gardens who passed away last year and who provided me with the opportunity and environment to grow my knowledge. Well done Rowan! 


The short film by Paul Eggerton of Curious Egg Film & TV, made possible by Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire is now on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPy8JOggL8k