High Beeches Gardens

Last updated: 17 May 2022

Address and contact details
High Beeches Handcross Haywards Heath Sussex RH17 6HQ
Tel: 01444 400589
Fax: 01444 401543
Email: gardens@highbeeches.com
Web site: www.highbeeches.com
Latitude: 51° 3' 49" N
Longitude: 0° 10' 56"
Background to the collection
Year founded:1906
Ownership:High Beeches Gardens Conservation Trust (Reg Ch: 299134)
Manager: Sarah Bray Gardener-in-chargeRussell Yates.
RecorderAnne Boscawen Voluntary:
Contact person: Sarah Bray
Total Staff:2
Total Horticultural Staff:2
Accessions:When possible, wild collections with provenance. Increasing the species diversity and interest of the collection, with deference to requirement of English Heritage not to change the landscape.
Physical environment
Altitude:145m to 99m
Soil type:Ph5.7-5.8
Aspect:South West
Total area:30 acres
Weather recordsNo records kept
Direction:South West
Average annual:710mm
Plant collection
Plants:2500 See website
Notable plants within the collection:
Fine collection of old trees
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
N. America, W. China
Special genera within the collections:
Rhododendron species.
Special collections:
Natural, acid Wildflower Meadows. SNCI. 50+ species. We do not introduce plants to the meadow.
Nat: coll: Stewartia species.
Wilson Collection Plants. 4 under original numbers. Many more of interest.
Record Keeping:Some manual records from 1914. Computerised from 1995
Record System:Access
Plant-collecting trips:Not recently
Facilities on site
Library:Yes, Not accessible to public
Research facilities:No
Publications:Guide Book. Leaflets. Website.
Interpretation:Labelling and leaflets. Trails. Guided Walks
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Gift shop, restaurant, café, plant shop
Access to the collections
Public opening hours:Mon-Tues; Thurs-Fri (closed Wed): 13-00 to 16-30.
Sat: 13-00 to 16-30.
Sun: 13-00 to 16-30.
Guiding principles behind the collection
Maintaining the landscape essentially as declared 'Outstanding' by English Heritage. Increasing the diversity and interest of the plant collections. Making them available to for the interest and enjoyment of the public, if compatible with the other objectives
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