Saturday, 23 May 2009

Bicton gets its own blogger

Bicton Park Gardens near Budleigh is an area of outstanding beauty containing a collection of trees and plants as well as an 18-inch narrow gauge railway and other day-out attractions. And since 13 May it has its own blogger.

Nicholas Bestwick, who writes at aims to collect together information and images relating to the Gardens, which are on the A376 road between Budleigh and Newton Poppleford. He is keen to hear from anyone who can help provide information or images of Bicton that would enhance his blog.

“My grandad George Cook used to take me to Bicton when I was young,” explains Nicholas. “When I get out in the car park, even now, I still recall eating my picnic with grandad on a day when we arrived at lunchtime, enjoying the cup cakes and Kit Kats that were reserved for special occasions such as this and being fascinated by the textured vinyl roof of grandad's car.

“We would explore everything Bicton had to offer - walking round the gardens and trees, looking round the Countryside Museum and, most importantly having a ride on the narrow gauge woodland railway.

“Some things have come and gone, which I will go into in more detail later. The short lived Bicton Hall of Transport and vintage bus rides around the grounds are two of the things I miss the most.”

You can find out more about the Gardens at

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