We strive to keep all our valued Members and very many friends and supporters up to date on what is happening at Leonardslee.
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:
Leonardslee Gardens Gift Vouchers
All our Gift Vouchers, whether issued this year or earlier are valid from the planned opening date of January 1st 2019, until December 31st 2019. You can receive a full refund for any vouchers bought at any time up until the opening.
Part II of our interview with Adam Streeter, General Manager at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, talks about how work has progressed. He is the son of owner Penny Streeter OBE.
John Wright, originally from Tasmania, is a journalist with a particular interest in indigenous Australian flora. He writes:-
“Come, taste what you’ve bought here!”
Acclaimed South African wine maker Johann Fourie is confident he will repeat these words in 2023 when the first sparkling wine - made from vines planted at the Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate in West Sussex, England – is released.
We were delighted to welcome Robin Lane Fox gardening writer at the Financial Times to visit. “Glorious or garish? The rhododendrons at Leonardslee”.
Meet Adam Streeter, General Manager at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, recalls how the family stumbled upon the property and how work has progressed. He is the son of owner Penny Streeter OBE.
Journalist Sandra Harding recently visited Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens and met with Adam Streeter, the General Manager, organising the restoration of the famous Dolls House Museum. Please see ‘Dolls House World’ for the full story:
Join us at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate to enjoy some fabulous events this summer. Just three miles from Leonardslee.
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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.
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.
On June 21st, members of the Drinks, Travel and other press joined us for a ceremony to mark the planting of the first commercial Pinotage vineyard in the UK.
We are creating a new South African-style ‘wine destination’ experience at the 200 acre estate.
The public opening date of the 200 acre Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens estate - the ‘finest woodland gardens in England’ - at Horsham in West Sussex, is postponed until January 2019 due to delays in planning approvals.
DId you know that we have a ‘sister’ venue locally, with the same owners, at Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate?
It has two superb golf courses - 18 and 9-hole - with lots of support and help available for those who might be interested in taking up golf for the first time, or resuming their pursuit of the little white ball after a break of a few years.
Spring is a time of change and colour - perhaps more so at Leonardslee than anywhere in England. The dark woodlands, shrouded by towering trees and dense shrubs are slowly but surely transformed by a dazzlingarray of colour.
Lakes and Gardens, the Dolls House Museum and the Rock Garden - and of course our colony of Wallabies.
These are what has attracted so many visitors over the years - and you can visit and enjoy them again when we reopen.
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.
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.