A Personal View, by Head Gardener Ray Abraham
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens: We’re Open!
When the position of head gardener at Leonardslee became available I knew I had to go for the job.
I first came here in 1977 with Sir Eric Saville and John Bond from Windsor Great Park and met the Loder family. A tour around the garden made a big impression on me as it seemed similar to the Valley Gardens at Windsor, which are very impressive too.
The wonderful woodland gardens of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens opened to the public on Saturday April 6th 2019. Just in time for the start of the school holidays.
We were delighted to see the very many visitors who came along on the first and the following days, despite the chilly weather and blustery conditions over that weekend.
Wedding Fair at Leonardslee House: March 17, 2019
Chef Jean Delport and his team at Restaurant Interlude have received some excellent reviews of the venue from the media.
The Leonardslee Gruffalo Travels the World
If you are planning your wedding this year, the Wedding Fair at Leonardslee House is a great place to go for ideas. The Italianate manor house is Listed Grade II and is a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies and celebrations, with a range of additional services from which to choose for your special day.
Please book your free ticket here.
Leonardslee to Open April 6th 2019
Cape Town and the Caribbean are already two of the destinations that the Leonardslee Gruffalo has visited since January 10th. That was was when Global Gruffalo was launched at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.
Gardens Opening Date Announced
At last. The finest woodland gardens in England’ at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens opens to the public on April 6th 2019. (Open to Annual Members from March 30th).
Leonardslee: A Work in Progress
The date for the opening of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is confirmed as
April 2019 (9am - 6pm) - then daily - see Ticket Information
Saturday, March 30th: Members Only - Opening 9am - 6pm
We will be delighted to welcome you to the estate from that date, with all sorts of entertainment and surprises over the weekend. We are looking forward to showing you what we have achieved in restoring the gardens, Dolls House Museum and Rock Garden and upgrading of all the facilities, including Leonardslee House.
The Gruffalo Launches at Leonardslee
So, what has our incredible team been up to recently? The teams of builders, electricians, gardeners, landscape specialists, greenhouse renovators and others?
Adam Streeter, General Manager, gives us an update.
Review: Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House
Global Gruffalo was launched at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens on January 10th 2019. The international project celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Gruffalo children’s books and also Horsham District resident, and patron of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, Julia Donaldson CBE.
Leonardslee Crime FestivaL: March 2nd and 3rd March, 2019
It started with a scotch egg. But this was no ordinary creation, it was a pinnacle of savoury deliciousness, made with pulled pork and an egg with a yolk of the most golden splendour from Leonardslee House’s free range coup. Each day Chef Jean Delport collects eggs from the Sussex Red hens and eight other breeds to create succulent dishes and sauces.
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens: Update
To celebrate the best of crime writing in the South East of England, the Book Lovers' Supper Club has announced the first Leonardslee Crime Festival.
On 2nd and 3rd March 2019 many of the UK's best-known crime writers will visit Leonardslee to entertain, chill and thrill audiences in a series of specially-crafted events.
Tickets start from £35 and are available on the Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens website.
Volunteer to Support the ‘Finest Woodlands Gardens in England’
Described as the biggest restoration project since Heligan, the Leonardslee restoration is led by head gardener Ray Abraham and a team of up to 30 gardeners to clear dead wood, brambles and bracken and restore several miles of pathways to reveal rare Rhododendrons and trees. Many were planted as early as 1801 and require identification.
Gift Vouchers: It must be Christmas
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens welcomes volunteers to support the opening of the estate in March 2019. This follows 18 months’ extensive restoration of the Grade 1 Listed gardens and on site facilities.
Gardens to Open on March 9th, 2019
We have four types of Vouchers. There are great money-off offers on gifts and refreshments, as well as tickets for one or two people or a family group. They are a popular gift for Birthdays - and of course at Christmas.
Classic Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House
The date of the opening of the 200 acre estate at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is now confirmed as March 9th 2019. We wanted all the friends of the gardens to know as soon as possible.
Restaurant Interlude Opens
Created by our Executive Chef Jean Delport, this quintessentially English Afternoon Tea is enjoyed in the newly restored Italianate Mansion, dating from 1801, with wonderful views across the gardens and South Downs.
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens: Planning Permission Granted
Join us at Restaurant Interlude, our new restaurant at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens. It offers a very special dining experience, offering a wonderful tasting menu inspired by the woodland gardens, in the newly restored Mansion House.
Leonardslee Opening - Planning Permission Update
NEWS: We are pleased to announce that Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens has now been granted full planning permission by Horsham District Council. At last.
Garden Update by Ray Abraham, Head Gardener
We strive to keep all our valued Members and very many friends and supporters up to date on what is happening at Leonardslee. So that you know the current situation, in this major project, to get the estate ready for the long-anticipated opening.
We spoke to Head Gardener Ray Abraham to find out what progress his team is making in nursing and nurturing the gardens back into their former outstanding condition: