West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England.
The restoration of the garden to get it to its current state began after the storm of 1987. Since then, Gardens Manager Jim Buckland and Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain have carried out a bold re-development programme designed to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century.
In 1991, in the aftermath of the Great Storms of 1987, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain began a programme of renovation works at West Dean Gardens. They are the inspirational leaders of the garden team, bringing zeal, imagination, deep horticultural knowledge and an ever-growing understanding and enthusiasm for the gardens and its history.
The Gardens Restaurant and Shop overlooks the beautiful Lavant valley and West Dean park. The River Lavant runs alongside. Built in the local brick and flint, the licensed restaurant is light and airy with a large garden terrace where visitors can enjoy some refreshments whilst admiring the views.
The adjoining shop is the perfect place to pick up a gift or a plant for your garden.