An apple tree and plaque have been added to the garden in front of the manor, in honour of Len Luckwill, one of those behind the original project to purchase the manor in 1965. Len was former Chairman of the EFDSS's National Executive Council, founder of the Mendip Morris Men and an EFDSS Gold Badge holder. Len died on 27 June 2005 at the age of 91.
Graham, volunteer gardener at Halsway Manor, selected a variety called Cheddar Cross on a dwarf rootstock, which should grow to about 3 - 4 metres tall. It is a variety developed at Long Ashton Research Station where Len Luckwill worked. The new tree was planted by Roger, Sheila and Hazel Luckwill.
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Halsway Manor is a folk arts centre that provides courses, events and activities for everyone interested in traditional folk music, dance and song, storytelling, folklore and arts and crafts. Located in the Quantock Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - in West Somerset, Halsway Manor has a fascinating history that goes back over 600 years. The Manor has a warm friendly atmosphere, tranquil woods and gardens, great food, a bar, a range of overnight accommodation and camping in the grounds. The Kennedy Grant Library contains thousands of books and recordings of folklore, customs, traditional folk music, dance and song - an excellent resource for research and study.