New Children’s Adventure Playground has opened at Borde Hill Garden

As Spring is here, it’s time for award-winning Borde Hill Garden to open its gates again to the public on 25th March and this year there is a fabulous new attraction for children to enjoy, with the addition of a new natural wood adventure playground set within the Garden. It  is named Harry’s Playground after the owner’s son.

The Mayor of Haywards Heath and pupils from Harlands and Lindfield Primary Academies together with some Friends of Borde Hill visited the new adventure playground to help us open it on the 22nd of March.

The new play area is located close to Borde Hill’s famous Azalea Ring which is about to burst into bloom. The wooden play equipment has been created from long lasting Robinia wood to blend with the beautiful natural surroundings. It includes swings for both young and older children, climbing frames, stepping logs, a slide and a long zip wire.

For this year’s Spring opening the curators of Borde Hill Garden have continued to extend the planting as part of the enhancement programme for the Garden, continuing the vision of Borde Hill’s original founder, Colonel Stephenson R Clarke, and his passion for nature that led to the creation of one of the UK’s most beautiful gardens.

Today plant enthusiasts can visit Borde Hill and experience the results of that vision and knowledge which led Stephenson R Clarke and the Great Plant Hunters of the 1900s to collect flora and fauna from every corner of the globe.

As the season is at least 3 weeks early this year, visitors to the Garden can enjoy a host of spring delights including the blooms and fragrance from Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and hundreds of bulbs and borders full of hellebores.

Also, this year Borde Hill Garden is hosting a colourful calendar of events within something to delight visitors of all ages and interests, from gardeners to car enthusiasts, and music lovers to every generation of the family.

The first event of this season is Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure from 6 – 22nd April, providing the perfect family day out where kids can follow a trail of quiz clues and bunnies for the chance to win delicious chocolate egg rewards.

Family friendly, the Garden holds a wealth of educational and historical interests as well as the innovative adventure playground and trails and woodlands where children can let their imaginations run free or just relax and picnic on the lawns.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice of paces to eat at Borde Hill Garden. They can choose from the Gardeners’ Retreat situated within the Garden for coffee, lunch and delicious afternoon tea, or the characterful Elvira Café which presents a varied menu and home cooked food, while for that special occasion, Jeremy’s Restaurant, serves modern European food.

Conveniently situated just 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath, West Sussex, Borde Hill Garden is open from 25th March to 3rd Nov, daily 10am to 5pm..

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