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Leonardslee wins Beautiful South New Tourism Business Award

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens at Horsham in West Sussex won the Beautiful South New Tourism Award at a ceremony at The Grand Brighton hotel on December 10th 2019, hosted by travel journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder.

Adam Streeter, General Manager of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens says:-

“We are delighted to win the Award for Excellence 2019. It confirms the superb work by our team at Leonardslee in ensuring our visitors a unique and exceptional experience each time they visit.

“Leonardslee has been the largest UK garden restoration project in nearly 30 years, to create probably the finest woodland gardens in England. We have developed a full calendar of entertainment year-round too – including the Illuminated garden events we are launching now in December. The gardens will look spectacular when lit up at night.

“Our team will continue to ensure that Leonardslee is a great place to visit and that its special wildlife and plant collections are protected and nurtured for this and future generations.”

Set in a valley, the gardens offer visitors a variety of scenic walks, with seven interlaced lakes, woodlands and parkland. There is an acclaimed Pulham rock garden built in 1890, a deer park and a colony of wallabies wandering the estate.

The 240 acre estate features outstanding plant displays in every season. Plants were collected from all over the world since the early 1800s. The collection is exceptional in its diversity and maturity, with several rare ‘champion’ trees, threatened in their natural habitat.

The gardens offer a protected ecosystem for rare wildlife. This includes Emperor Dragonflies and Damselflies, White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak butterflies and migratory and native birds – Kites, Great Tits, Tree Creepers, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and Nightingales.

Visitors can see a unique dolls house exhibition that depicts the Edwardian era estate and neighbouring villages at 1:12 scale. They can then enjoy a classic afternoon tea in the Grade II Listed mansion house and dine in Restaurant Interlude, which offers a multi-course tasting menu under award-winning chef Jean Delport.

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