Once part of a large estate, the garden was designed between 1915 and 1920 but subsequently lots were sold off, leaving the 15th-century Grade II-listed cottage and 10 acres of land, including a large water and rock garden. The garden fell rapidly into decline after the estate was sold.
Over the past 40 years, however, the garden has been remodelled and replanted by award-winning landscape designer Anthony Paul, who has introduced many large-leaved plants and tall grasses in bold groups and created three new ponds.
A work of art in its own right, the garden is just as important as the sculptures exhibited there – nature and artwork combine in harmony to create a unique and magical environment that is constantly changing with the seasons.
Every year the garden showcases around 200 pieces by some 50 or more artists. Most of the artists are British, but there are a number of European sculptors represented as well.
Curator Vikki Leedham has arranged a unique opportunity for D&D u3a members to visit the sculpture garden. Members will need to provide their own transport – either car or bike. The visit will start at 11am with tea or coffee and a presentation about the garden, its history and exhibits. Members will then be able to roam the gardens at will and enjoy their own picnic lunch at leisure (no lunch will be provided).
Price of entry is £13.20 including tea and coffee on arrival. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.
If you are comfortable with paying online, you can book your place(s) on the form below; otherwise email Beryl Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone John Sinclair on 01306 711542 to make reservations and arrange payment.
Some paths in the sculpture park are uneven and steep and are not accessible to wheelchair users or members with mobility issues. However, every effort has been made to provide seating throughout the park and there are enough sculptures for everyone to enjoy the experience. The planting itself is magnificent and provides calm and interest for everyone.