The 18th century Grade II listed walled gardens at West Horsley Place are woven into the history of the estate, landscape and the lives of local people. Sadly, the gardens have fallen into disrepair and many of these stories have been lost. 

Built in the early 1700s, the gardens were once full of lavish flower borders and were famous for their glasshouse fruits but gradually went into decline after World War II. Today, the walls are in a state of disrepair: several are propped up with scaffolding to prevent their collapse, many areas need repointing and rebuilding. Remnants of the once grand gardens remain, with lawns framed by old topiary, roses and flowering fruit trees. Unfortunately, many areas are now overwhelmed with tree ivy, nettles and brambles.

Our Head Gardener Nicky and her team of dedicated volunteers have been working hard to clear the undergrowth to reveal the basic structure of the garden, however much more work is needed to return the gardens to their former glory. 

Plans to restore the garden at West Horsley Place

Alongside this essential maintenance, we urgently need to research the hidden history of the gardens before making plans for their future restoration. 

We know that the estate has been occupied for over 1,000 years and that King Henry VIII once had a Tudor knot garden here. What other hidden gardens might lie beneath the surface? 

Understanding the history of the gardens will enable us to plan their restoration, allowing us to begin to open them to visitors. The gardens will provide opportunities for local people to volunteer, learn and enjoy by providing space for our future programme of arts, crafts, history and natural heritage activities.

We need to raise £10,000 to help us with the most urgent restoration, to uncover the hidden history of the gardens and develop our future plans. 

Become a part of the story by supporting us to discover the history of this forgotten garden and bring it back to life to everyone to enjoy.