Known as “One of the country’s truly great gardens’ ‘ Borde Hill is located in Haywards Heath. It showcases the Azalea Ring and Rhododendron Gardens, Rose Garden and a scenic Italian Garden, plus subtropical dells and ruins of Old Potting Sheds. Beyond the Garden visitors can enjoy beautiful woodland walks, lakeside strolls or explore the grade II* listed parkland. During the summer months you can see stunning floral fragrances of roses and bright blooms in the herbaceous borders. Throughout the gardens there are spaces to sit and ponder the sights of the green spaces.
You’ll be left feeling inspired from these tranquil gardens and wanting to recreate your very own Borde Hill experience within your own green space give us a ring.
According to the Haywards Heath Historic Character Assessment Report the geology of all of Haywards Heath lies on the complex succession of sandstones, silty sandstones and mudstones (commonly clays) of the Hastings Beds (Lower Cretaceous). The drift geology of the Haywards Heath area is limited to the alluvium and, west of Haywards Heath College, undifferentiated head marking the course of Scrase Stream, a tributary of the Ouse. At Glorious Gardens we have a vast knowledge of plants so we know what will be suitable for your garden’s geology.
The farm at Oathall was established in 1941 in response to the Ministry of Agriculture’s ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign during the Second World War, (which encouraged people to grow their own food to supplement basic rations). 58 boys turned an acre of grassland into arable land and thus qualified for a ploughing grant of £2 from the Ministry of Agriculture, the last sod was turned by the school’s headteacher Mr Miles. Male students were subsequently released from their afternoon lessons to work on the newly emerging farm providing they brought their own spade with them. Poultry and rabbits were quickly introduced and later pigs and bees. Produce from the farm was sold to the school canteen. The farm has evolved over the last 70 years and it is now made up of extensive fields, animal enclosures, a large barn and glasshouses to grow seasonal plants. They keep a variety of livestock including pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry and in 2012 opened a farm shop selling produce made on the farm to the local community. In recent years they have welcomed visitors such as HRH Prince of Wales and Alan Titchmarsh to the farm as well as hundreds of school and community groups. Wanting to embarrass the rich history of farms like Oathall in your green spaces contact us at www.gloriousgardenssussex.co.uk to do so.