Parks & Gardens
Title: Leonardslee Gardens
Description: 240 acres of tranquil sheltered countryside, which includes seven beautiful lakes, Victorian motorcar museum, dolls house exhibition, Clock Tower Restaurant, bonsai exhibition, gift shop and even a number of wallabies, which have lived in parts of the garden for over 100 years.
Address: Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Near Horsham, West Sussex
Post Code: RH13 6PP
Originally begun in 1801, it was not until 1889 that Sir Edmund Loder bought Leonardslee and began to transform the garden, planting species of trees and shrubs that would provide a multitude of colour. Working without the help of any professional landscaper gardeners, Loder created the 240 acre (100 hectare) spectacle that exists today, produced his own hybrid rhododendrons and even introduced wallabies to the area.
Now featuring one of the finest collections of mature trees and shrubs, Leonardslee Gardens are spectacular throughout the year. From late spring with its rhododendrons and azaleas, through to October when the autumn leaves turn the woodland into an array of gold and yellow.
The work started by Sir Edmund is now being continued by the capable hands of his great grandson, Robin. With seven beautiful lakes, a Victorian motorcar museum, dolls house exhibition, Clock Tower Restaurant, bonsai exhibition and gift shop, there is plenty for the family to see and do in what is now the largest woodland garden in the country.