Year-round garden attraction to give up on winter opening

Financial restraints have forced a West Sussex garden to stop opening in winter.

Award-winning garden Borde Hill Gardens is to close from November to April because it is no longer economically viable to open all year. Trustees, garden directors and estate owners the Clarke family have denied the gardens will close to the public for good, as reported in the local press last month. They said the appointment of new trustees meant “a complete review of operations at Borde Hill is underway”. Borde Hill Gardens general manager John Major said the garden will no longer be open 365 days a year, but will open from 1 April to 31 October. He added: “All these things are financially driven. It is not economically viable to open the garden in winter because the amount of damage is much greater than the benefits.” He added: “The adventure playground area will be closing for good this autumn. This is because the playground is situated near important plants and trees and they are beginning to suffer. From now on, we will be a garden to be visited, rather than a family attraction.” The Edwardian gardens, located close to Haywards Heath in West Sussex, have been open to the public since 1965. They are set within 60ha of traditional parkland.

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