H is for heritage
This year celebrates 25 Years of Glorious Gardening. Like all great gardens West Dean has seen many changes from its peak in the Edwardian era, through long decline during the twentieth century. Following the devastating storms on 1987, husband and wife team, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, began the painstaking renovation of the gardens to their full glory. The overall aim was to work within the historic framework while building on the many diverse characteristics.
West Dean Gardens are listed Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) and have featured in television programmes for the BBC including Glorious Gardens From Above; The Great British Garden Revival; and Escape to the Country amongst others.
Gardens such as West Dean contribute to the conservation of the national heritage and design landscape, and demonstrate the UK's heritage craft of horticulture.