Simonsbath

Click through the gallery below to discover two artists’ responses to the landscaped woodland featuring the highest beech plantation in England

Though the woodland at Simonsbath (Exmoor National Park) has an ancient feeling, it was created in the 19th century as part of a landscape project by the businessman John Knight. He paid £50,000 for a wild, uninhabited area of moorland, then moved there with his wife and six children in 1820. His ambitious vision was to reclaim the 16,000 acres, untouched since the Bronze Age, and transform them into a great estate with a mansion at its heart. The project was never completed, but the woods he planted of beech, pine, sycamore and oak have survived as a beautiful reminder of his dream.





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