Summer is finally here and what could be better when the sun is shining, than head out for a picnic?

Here is my roundup of the best places in Chard and Ilminster for a picnic this weekend.

1. Chard Reservoir in Chard Town is run by South Somerset District Council and has 25.03 acres of woodland to explore. Five key habitats are found Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve, wet woodland,species rich hedgerows, lowland hay meadows,reed beds and eutrophic standing water the remaining woodland supports many woodland birds. Some old trees provide natural nest sites.

2. Herne Hill is a privately owned wood in Ilminster with 28 acres of woodland owned by the local council, Ilminster Town Council. Well used by locals for dog walking bird and wildlife evident and a Badger sett.

3. Forde Abbey and Gardens has been rated 5 out of five stars on Tripadvisor, this 900-year-old Abbey is set within 30 acres of award winning gardens. If you don't have time to pack your own picnic,  A gift shop, pottery, specialist plant nursery and coffee shop is available. 

4. Barrington Court. Food and drink is available, or just take your own and walk around the grounds enjoying the sunshine.

5. Lambert's Castle takes a bit of a hike to get to, but is amazing when you get there with views over the rolling countryside of Somerset, and over the border in Devon.