WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND
– ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS KEW
EARLY SPRING AWAKENING WALK
ON THE 1ST DAY OF MARCH
Wakehurst, previously known as Wakehurst Place,
is a house and botanic gardens in West Sussex, England,
owned by the National Trust
but used and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
It is near Ardingly, West Sussex in the High Weald (grid reference TQ340315),
and comprises a late 16th-century mansion
and a mainly 20th-century garden,
and Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank,
in a modern building.
Visitors are able to see the gardens,
the Mansion, and also visit the seed bank.
The garden today covers some 2 km2 (490 acres)
and includes walled and water gardens,
woodland and wetland conservation areas.
RBG Kew has leased the land from the National Trust since 1965
and much has been achieved in this time,
from the Millennium Seed Bank project
and the creation of the Loder Valley
and Francis Rose Nature Reserves
to the introduction of the visitor centre, the Seed café and Stables restaurant
along with the development of the gardens.
Wakehurst is listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England,
and its gardens are listed Grade II*
on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
The stables are listed Grade II*
and the South Lodge and gateway is listed Grade II.
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