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‘A Garden…is the Purest of Human Pleasure. It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man’
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
December is a wonderful month to visit Sheffield Park near Uckfield in East Sussex. And although many of the trees have lost their glorious reds, oranges and purples, it’s a great time of year to enjoy their shapes. And even on a dull day, their reflections in the lakes are magical. Where better to enjoy a winter walk?
It is now owned by the National Trust.
Tickets must be bought in advance: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden
In 1776, John Baker Holroyd commissioned Lancelot or ‘Capability’ Brown to update the parkland and wood. In 1789, further alterations were made by Humphry Repton. Holroyd was created the Earl of Sheffield in 1816 and was succeeded by his son in 1821 and his grandson in 1876; the 3rd Earl laid out the bones of the current garden. After years of neglect, the estate was restored by Arthur Gilstrap Soames in 1940s. But after his death, the property was sold in two parts – the ornamental gardens were bought by the National Trust while the house was bought be a property developer.
Below the house [not open to the public] are the lakes, linked by a waterfall and crossed by the Top Bridge. Plantings around the lake include ornamental trees and rhododendrons with walks through the glades and wooded areas.
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