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West Dean Gardens West Sussex

West Dean Gardens, West Sussex

by Susan Keefe

The original manor house of West Dean in Sussex was built in 1622 by James Lewkenor. The house we see there now was built in 1804, and at this time the gardens were made larger, parklands developed, and the kitchen garden moved to its current location and enclosed by walls.

After the storms of 1987 there has been major garden restoration carried out by the Garden Manager, Jim Buckland, and Gardens Supervisor, Sarah Wain.

The 90 acres of gardens containing many mature trees and beautiful flowers have been divided into four distinct areas, the entrance, walled garden, the St Roche’s Arboretum, and the pleasure grounds.

There is a restaurant and gift shop https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/about/restaurant-and-gift-shop.


West Dean Gardens are 6 miles north of Chichester, on the A286 towards Midhurst, on this page you can find a map https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/find-us

The gardens are open February until December, more information and entry fees can be found here https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/about/opening-hours-and-admissions


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