Meet the New Head Gardener: Ray Abraham

Hello, my role in the Grade 1 Listed Heritage gardens at Leonardslee is to preserve and maintain this very special collection that Sir Edmund Loder created in the nineteenth century.

The goal is to ensure that future generations can enjoy this beautiful place, to care for the many plant species that are now endangered due to deforestation in the wild and also climate change.


Leonardslee Photography Winner

The winner of the Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens Photography Competition is Anne David. The event is organised in association with the Horsham Photographic Society and the winners are as follows:

1st place: Anne David, 2nd place: Peter Jillians and the two people in 3rd runner up positions are Trudie Mitchell and Corinna Hardware.

Greenhouse Restoration

There was good news and bad news when we came to restore the two greenhouses at Leonardslee. The good news being that the main structures were in pretty good shape. They were well-built and the aluminium frames have stood up to a long period of neglect; but now sadly derelict and missing a lot of the glazing.

Restoring the Gardens: A Labour of Love

Why do the ‘finest woodland gardens’ in England need restoring anyway?  

Many people are surprised that the 200 acre estate needs any restoration work. Don’t woodlands and lakes look after themselves?

No they don’t: not if the public are to have safe and convenient access; if you are to protect endangered wildlife; and comply with all the rules and regulations for Grade I Listed gardens.