The closure of Leonardslee Gardens
This evening, Leonardslee Gardens, near Horsham, in West Sussex shuts to the public. I wrote about this earlier this year and hoped it would be saved, alas, the decision stands to close these wonderful gardens.
The Grade 1 Listed gardens, owned by the Loder family for more than 150 years have been sold to an Eastern European businessman for £5 million pounds.
So, it’s goodbye to the chance of seeing the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias, together with a mob of Wallabies, unless, by any chance, Tom Loder and his sister, current owners, persuade the buyer to open it occasionally via the NGS.
Apparently, all the full-time gardeners will be offered employment there but the new owner has no intention to run it as a tourist attraction.
On Monday, the gardens were full of visitors who had come to see the gardens after hearing about the closure.
Oh well, I have photographs dating back to the Sixties when my parents took my sister and I there, also some when we took our own children.
- 30 Jun, 2010
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