February 2023

Scaffolding goes up at Wakehurst

Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, was built by Sir Edward Culpeper in 1590, and restored by Sir Aston Webb in 1890. The Sussex sandstone and Horsham stone slate roof of Wakehurst Place locates the building in a very small geographical context. The combination of highly elaborate formal architecture and vernacular materials is unusual and distinctive, making it one of the best Elizabethan houses in Sussex.

The reroofing project is part of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew‘s ongoing commitment to secure the future of the Mansion whilst enhancing the overall visitor experience and public benefit at Wakehurst.