Conservation Project

In 1991, in the aftermath of the Great Storms of 1987, Head Gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain began a programme of renovating works at West Dean Gardens. They have been the inspirational leaders of the professional garden team, bringing to the place zeal, imagination, deep horticultural knowledge and an ever-growing understanding and enthusiasm for the gardens and its history.

You can hear more about the 20 year project, a labour of love, in this video made in 2011.

Today highlights of the award-winning gardens include the 300-foot Edwardian Pergola designed by Harold Peto, thirteen Victorian glasshouses, four glass frames, a walled garden, a kitchen garden, orchards, ornamental gardens, spring, wild and woodland gardens and sunken gardens.

Watch the video