Wakehurst is RBGK’s wild botanic garden, home to the UK’s largest conservation project, the Millennium Seed Bank and a Grade I listed Elizabethan Mansion – Wakehurst Place. Wakehurst Place is owned by the National Trust but used and managed by RBGK. The expansive gardens, located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, include woodlands, ornamental gardens, water gardens and wetlands. Wakehurst is a popular visitor attraction that is open to the public all year around.
The proposed re-roofing of the existing Sussex/Wealden sandstone and Horsham stone slate roof of Wakehurst Place is part of RBGK’s ongoing commitment to secure the future of the Mansion whilst enhancing the overall visitor experience and public benefit at Wakehurst.
The conservation and protection of Wakehurst and its various heritage assets for future generations is a priority for RBGK. The works will also include repairs to external fabric, rainwater goods, masonry and glazing, with temporary works, structural repairs, fire compartmentalisation, fire alarm installation, and coordinated maintenance access.