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Restored to Glory

Restored to Glory


A five-year restoration project at one of the country’s most important Arts and Crafts gardens has been completed, local nurseries with plants and so much more, plus jobs to do in the garden this month.

An Arts and Crafts garden has been restored at National Trust Standen, East Grinstead, following a five-year restoration programme. This is considered to be one of the UK’s most important gardens of its kind and over the years many features, including a swimming pond, had been lost to view due to overgrown planting.
The pond was discovered more than 10 years ago by a group of volunteers who were clearing out overgrown bamboo. Other discoveries included a rock garden, walls and rare and unusual plants, all overtaken by vigorous modern planting.
The house, which has breath-taking views over the High Weald and Weir Wood Reservoir, was designed for James Beale and his family in the late 19th century by Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb. However James’ wife Margaret planned and designed the 12-acre hillside garden, creating a series of outdoor rooms, which were befitting of the period.
Visit with the children from Saturday 2nd-Friday 23rd December (11am-1.30pm) to enjoy festive story-telling in the woodland grotto! Booking is essential.
Throughout December, visitors will also be able to enjoy the huge decorated tree in the courtyard, dressed this year by award-winning design duo Timorous Beasties, famous for what is described
as ‘modern cult classics’ in terms of surreal textiles and wallpaper! Normal entry charges apply, plus an additional charge for Santa’s woodland grotto.

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