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Brief description of site

High Beeches is an early-20th-century wild garden of 13 hectares containing many rare plants, trees and shrubs set within a larger woodland estate. Declared 'Outstanding' by English Heritage as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a landscaped woodland garden.

Brief history of site

There had previously been an early-19th century villa on the site. Formal gardens were laid out around the house after 1849 by Sir Robert Loder. Colonel Giles Loder inherited the estate in 1906, and over the next 60 years he planted the present woodland gardens, utilising a great number of newly imported trees and shrubs.

Location information:

Address: High Beeches Lane, Handcross, RH17 6JX

Locality: Crawley

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Mid Sussex; Cuckfield Rural

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 198 Grid Ref: TQ275309
Latitude: 51.0633 Longitude: -0.181863

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site first created: 1906 to 1966

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 13

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