Sheffield Park Gardens is an informal landscape garden. ‘Capability’ Brown laid out the gardens in the 18th century, and they were developed further in the 20th century. Within the 120 acres are four lakes, waterfalls, and cascades.
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In the spring there are masses of bluebells and daffodils, while early summer sees rhododendrons and azaleas (the park is home to the national collection of Ghent azaleas) in bloom. Rare trees and shrubs help complete the picture.
Open-air concerts, tours, walks, and family fun days are held in the park. The first England-Australia cricket match was held in the park.
Sheffield Park Gardens
Between East Grinstead and Lewes, East Sussex
Tel. 0 1825 790 231
Open: garden, restaurant and shop: March-end Oct daily, 10.30am-5.30pm; Nov-end Feb, 10.30am-4pm, daily; parkland open all year, daily, dawn-dusk
National Trust property; shop; plant sales; restaurant by car park
Web: National Trust
Photos © by Barbara Ballard