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HIGH BEECHES WOODLAND AND WATER GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Handcross
RH17 6HQ

South of B2110, 1 mile east of M23 at Handcross.

27 acres

Tel
01444 400589

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Opening Hours

Daily, 1pm–5pm, 1 Apr–31 Oct.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri, Jul & Aug.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • National Plant Collections
  • Pond or lake
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Sarah Bray

High Beeches was originally laid out by Colonel Giles Loder, a cousin of the Loders of Wakehurst and Leonardslee. In 1966 it was acquired by Anne and Edward Boscawen, who have devoted many years to its maintenance and improvement. It is now managed by a non-profit-making charitable trust.

The 27-acre original woodland has been thinned and sensitively underplanted with exotics, many of them rare, to enhance the natural Wealden landscape and create a plantsperson’s paradise. A place of great beauty and tranquillity, there are numerous mature specimen trees such as magnolias, Davidia, Cornus and conifers, as well as a magnificent collection of award-winning shrubs, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and more. There is something different to see at every season. In spring the magnolias and camellias are underplanted with swathes of miniature Narcissus and the woodland glades and vistas are, in early summer, carpeted with native bluebells and filled with the colour and fragrance of the many splendid rhododendrons and azaleas.

The ‘Loderi Walk’ is planted with mature Rhododendron (Loderi Group) cultivars filling the garden with their scent. In the summer the best ancient acid wildflower meadow in the south-east is full of orchids, oxeye daisies, cowslips and many other wildflowers and grasses, a spectacular sight attracting insects and butterflies. As far as possible plants are allowed to naturalise including Narcissus, primulas and the blue willow gentians which flourish here. Autumn brings a glorious display of autumn colour provided by the many acers, liquidambers and Nyssa.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Wildflowers

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