Glorious Gardens creates beautiful garden designs in the Hurstpierpoint area. Hurstpierpoint sits on a fertile Greensand ridge, with the heavy clay of the Weald to the north and Gault clay and then the chalk South Downs rising in the south. The boundary of he South Downs National Park runs along the southern edge of the village, giving a setting of open fields and spectacular views, especially towards the distinctive feature of Wolstonbury Hill. Near the village is Danny Park, which for centuries was the home of the Pierpoint family from which Hurstpierpoint derives its name (Hurst means wood in Saxon).
The Hurstpierpoint Society was founded in 1962. It is a well-supported village charity with more than 1,300 members, all committed to improving and protecting our village environment. They take a particular interest in planning issues that might irrevocably damage the appearance and character of this historic village, or the ecology of the surrounding countryside. Glorious Gardens knows the importance of maintaining and prolonging our environment.
The Chinese Gardens were opened in 1843, the creation of local entrepreneur Adam Adams. Based on the success of the Swiss Gardens in Shoreham, despite their name the Gardens had no special oriental theme but instead were called after the road that they were located on, Chinese Road, which in turn was named for the Chinese Uprising. Chinese Road was later renamed Western Road. The gardens had a rowing lake, donkey rides, bowls, croquet, and tennis courts set in extensive grounds which also featured bars, a coffee room and a dining room seating 300. The Gardens were a popular destination for group outings and for holiday makers on their way to the bright lights of Brighton. The Gardens survived for more than a century, only closing for redevelopment in the 1950s. Glorious Gardens takes into account the surrounding history and incorporates it into their garden designs.
Hurstpierpoint has been holding an open Gardens day annually for over 10 years. Up to 10 gardens in Hurst will open this year to raise money. This is an opportunity to see a wide variety of gardens, large and small, with flowers, trees and vegetables, ponds and some spectacular views. Glorious Gardens create garden designs that clients are proud to show off.
Washbrooks Family Farm has been running for over 70 years, in 1950 Peter and Margaret Nelson moved to the farm. They had four children Andrew, Holly, Marcus and Alexandra. At that time Washbrooks was a working farm and bringing the harvest in was a significant part of the farming calendar. In the 1980’s, their sons Andrew and Marcus helped Peter and Margaret run the farm. Andrew had an idea to open a farm centre and in 1984 Washbrooks Farm Centre was opened to members of the public.During this time Washbrooks commenced a fun learning experience offering an educational element for local schools and preschools. Glorious Gardens know that gardens are enjoyed by multiple generations so they design their gardens to last.