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Brief description of site

The garden was designed and planted by Mrs Joyce Robinson since 1946. There are vistas to the fields beyond. The garden was planned to form a quiet area of lawn broken with large plantings of trees, shrubs and perennials. Wide paths and clearings of gravel wander through the garden in which good garden plants are allowed to self-seed. The site was further developed by the well-known garden designer, John Brookes.

Brief history of site

The modern overlay to the garden originally created by Joyce Robinson is by John Brookes but still has a considerable amount remaining of Mrs Robinson's design.

Location information:

Address: Denmans Lane, Fontwell, West Sussex, BN18 0SU

Locality: Fontwell

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Arun; Aldingbourne

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU944071
Latitude: 50.8557 Longitude: -0.660227

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Open daily, except Christmas and New Year.

Visitor information:

Cafe, Garden shop, car and coach parking. Umbrellas and wheelchairs available.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1946

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2

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