National Trust Sheffield Park and Garden

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We’re so excited to be working with The National Trust on this project, ‘The Garden for the Future’.
Coming in 2025, this exciting new curation is a sympathetic revitalisation of a space within the Grade I listed garden. This is the first major renovation project since the garden came under National Trust care and represents a significant and pioneering moment for Sheffield Park and Garden.

Site:

The garden for the future at Sheffield Park and Garden is a celebration and continuation of the legacy of high horticulture, innovation and bold design and will contribute to the important collection we care for, helping ensure it is protected and accessible to all for years to come.

Through this project we want to demonstrate how plants and green spaces can improve people’s quality of life, help tackle environmental challenges and inspire visitors and gardeners to consider both their wellbeing and that of nature when planning for the future.

The project addresses the need for succession planting with increased resilience to climate change and will help inform future garden developments at Sheffield Park and Garden. Importantly, it offers opportunities for continued professional learning for horticultural and operational teams in the National Trust and beyond.

Proposals:

Sheffield Park and Garden is a horticultural work of art, formed through centuries of visionary landscape design with influences of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. The bold and innovative planting scheme is predominately the work of Arthur Gilstrap Soames who 100 years ago pushed boundaries with experimental planting, creations of hybrids and exotic species from around the world.

The garden has remained relatively static in terms of new planting since it was acquired by the National Trust in 1954, and in recent years the Sheffield Park and Garden team have recognised an urgent need to address the climate change impact on the plant and tree health.

Significant specimens in the collections are suffering with extremes in temperature and rainfall. In addition, some of the planting is coming to the end of its natural life. A sensitive revitalisation is necessary to build climate resilience in the collection. 

The garden for the future will be a garden within a garden, a space inspired by the heritage arboretum that surrounds it that encourages people to connect with nature and each other in tranquil and beautiful surroundings.

For more information on this project head to
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/sussex/sheffield-park-and-garden/the-garden-for-the-future

Credit: Renders by Sam North for Joe Perkins Design