The Cricket St Thomas Lakes and Gardens resort near Chard used to be home to hundreds of animals and birds. Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park will miss major attractions for animals in a move that owners say will mean job losses are inevitable.
It stands out for the historic manor house known as Cricket House, and its estate in recent times housed a wildlife park. In a desperate attempt to escape the shadow of Blobby, the property of Cricket St Thomas was put on the market in late 1998 for £8 million. Marketed as Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, the rolling countryside was home to all kinds of elephants, zebras and cheetahs.