Below are some of the most important projects we are fundraising for at the moment to support young people develop creative careers.  We hope you are inspired to support this work.

The Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain Trainee Horticulturalist Fund - NOW CLOSED

It is with thanks to your generous support that the Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain Trainee Horticulturalist appeal has raised over £50,000. 

We caught up with Jim and Sarah recently and they were delighted with the progress of their fund, Sarah says;
"What better place than the diverse West Dean Gardens to start a career in horticulture under the dynamic tutelage of new Head Gardener Tom Brown."

Tom says "There is a great shortfall of people with experience in gardens like this, so every person we can help will help to ensure horticultural skills aren’t lost. We have now developed an excellent training programme where the individual will be exposed to a number of seasonal tasks across each area of the gardens. Now that we have this in place we have capacity to roll it out and help as many people as we can." 

Help preserve our future

We are part of a registered charity and rely on the support of generous donors, members and legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation, design and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how to support us