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Conservation Committee

SGT has an active Conservation Committee that seeks to protect the Sussex park and garden heritage by:
• influencing Local Authority planning policies
• contributing constructive and informative comment on planning applications affecting Sussex garden heritage

The Gardens Trust (GT)

SGT is a member of the national organisation, the Gardens Trust (TGT), which was formed in July 2015 following a merger of The Garden History Society and the Association of Gardens Trusts.

TGT is a statutory consultee and local planning authorities must therefore consult TGT on planning applications that may affect historic designed landscapes of any grade in England and Wales that are on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest that is held by Historic England. These consultations are dealt with by the Gardens Trust's conservation team, working closely with County Gardens Trusts such as SGT. 

GT Guidance

In recognition of the close partnership between the Gardens Trust and local planning authorities, the Gardens Trust has published a guidance leaflet to explain the place of historic designed landscapes in the planning system, the importance of assessing significance, the statutory consultation obligations, and the role of the Gardens Trust and the County Gardens Trusts. This leaflet is intended primarily to help local planning authorities, but is freely available to all.

The leaflet can be downloaded by clicking this link The Planning System and the Protection of Historic Parks and Gardens.


Case Studies From 2016

Stanmer Park, Brighton: Retrospective Planning Application for a marqee

Stanmer Park Fountain Garden before and after

The application seeks approval to retain a marquee in the Fountain Garden in the Grade II Stanmer Park directly in front of the south wing of the Grade I listed Stanmer House. The image on the left above shows the Fountain Garden as it appeared in the early 20th century, while the image on the right shows the new marquee in the garden in 2016. The Trust submitted a detailed assessment objecting to the application. The full document can be downloaded here. The conclusion stated:

The proposals are in conflict with the approved Restoration Management Plan and would result in substantial harm to the setting and significance of the Grade I listed house and Grade II listed park without any offsetting public benefits. The marquee and temporary car park are intrusive features harmful to the setting of Stanmer House and the character of the park, and should be removed in line with the Restoration Management Plan and the proposals for the restoration of the park recently approved by SDNPA. For these reasons the Trust objects to the application.

See also Restoration Management Plan

Planning Application to Demolish Anston House, Brighton and Redevelop Site

Like so many towns and cities across the SE, Brighton has an acute shortage of housing, and the situation is made difficult by the geography – with the sea to the south and the Downs and National Park to the north. In the latest development in a long running saga, a new planning application was submitted in July 2016 to demolish Anston House, an ugly tower block opposite Preston Park, and redevelop the site to provide some 229 new dwellings. SGT has undertaken a detailed study of the proposals and concluded that the height, form and appearance of the new structures would cause substantial harm to the setting of Preston Park. We have therefore submitted an objection to the application, supported by a detailed appraisal. If you are interested in downloading a copy of the SGT’s objection to the Anston House planning application click here. The application was approved in December 2016. 

Registered Sites

There are only about 1700 registered nationally so a grade of I, II* or 2 indicates their importance. However in the light of reduced funding, the TGT only has resources to comment on applications affecting the most significant sites. For the majority of applications in Sussex the TGT advises the Trust that it has received a consultation so the SGT Conservation Committee may offer observations and advice from its local knowledge to the Planning Authorities. This helps to ensure that proposed developments respect and enhance our park and garden heritage.

Some proposals may involve significant landscape changes but the majority relate to lesser matters often associated with buildings and structures within the Registered parks and gardens. Conversion of outbuildings to other uses, particularly adjacent to houses and farms, often affects the amenity gardens associated with the property.
To enable proper consideration of the development any application proposing changes to parks and gardens should include an historical appraisal and impact assessment. The Trust supports the production of these statements. Its volunteers have researched many of the parks and gardens in Sussex and the reports can be found on the Parks and Gardens UK website and a list of registered sites may be found here Registered Sussex Parks & Gardens

Non-Registered Sites

For non-registered sites, many of which are cherished open spaces or gardens in urban and rural areas, we rely heavily on our members and any other interested parties advising us of any issues that may affect them. Across Sussex there are a many identified sites of local significance. These are listed in the table below by District Council administrative areas.

How You Can Help

The Conservation Committee is always pleased to hear from anyone who can provide information about parks and gardens. If there are proposals within or in the vicinity of registered and non-registered sites the Trust may be able to comment.

To contact the Conservation Committee please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Trust will only comment on factual detail in respect of the history and significance of any park or garden and is not in a position to advocate on behalf of others.

Site Name
(with hyperlink where available)
County District Parish Map Ref
Sompting Abbots WS Adur Sompting TQ 1605
Church Farm WS Aldingbourne Aldingbourne SU 9205
Nyton House WS Aldingbourne Aldingbourne SU 9305
Harvest Hill WS Ansty Cuckfield TQ 2925
Aldingbourne House WS Arun Aldingbourne SU 9207
Arundel WS Arun Arundel TQ 0107
Bailiffscourt/Manor of Atherington WS Arun Climping TQ 0000
Barnham Court, or Church Farm WS Arun Barnham SU 9563
Dale Park WS Arun Madehurst SU 9709
Denman's, Fontwell WS Arun Aldingbourne SU 9407
Findon Place WS Arun Findon TQ 1109
Ham Manor WS Arun Angmering TQ 0503
Hotham Park (was Bersted Lodge) WS Arun Bognor Regis SU 9399
Muntham Court WS Arun Findon TQ1109
Slindon Park WS Arun Slindon SU 9570
Tortington Manor WS Arun Arundel TQ 0005
Blakers Recreation Ground (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 2908
Hollingbury Park (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 3207
Kemp Town Enclosures ES Brighton Brighton TQ 3303
Level, The (BP) ES Brighton Hanover Ward TQ 3105
Park Crescent (BP) ES Brighton Lewes Road TQ 3105
Preston Manor ES Brighton Brighton Pavilion TQ 3006
Royal Pavilion (The), Brighton ES Brighton Brighton TQ 3105
St John's Lodge (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 3104
Steyne, The (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 3104
Tivoli Gardens (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 2906
Victoria Gardens (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 3104
White Lodge, The ES Brighton Kemptown TQ 3403
Wild Park (BP) ES Brighton   TQ 3207
Queen's Park (BP) ES Brighton and Hove Brighton TQ 3303
Stanmer Park ES Brighton and Hove Stanmer TQ 3134
Woodvale Cemetery ES Brighton and Hove Brighton TQ 3205
Field Place WS Broadbridge Heath Warnham TQ 3215
St George's Retreat WS Burgess Hill Ditchling TQ 3418
Adsdean Park WS Chichester Westbourne SU 7909
Bignor Park WS Chichester Bignor SU 9915
Blackdown House WS Chichester Lodsworth SU 9128
Burton Park WS Chichester Barlavington SU 9617
Chidmere House WS Chichester Chidham SU 7903
Cooke's House WS Chichester Bury TQ 0013
Cowdray House WS Chichester Easebourne SU 8921
Dangstein, Rotherbridge WS Chichester Rogate SU 8224
Eartham Park ( Great Ballard School) WS Chichester Eartham SU 9409
Fishbourne Roman Palace WS Chichester Chichester SU 8304
Goodwood House WS Chichester Westhampnett SU 8808
Graylingwell Hospital WS Chichester Chicester SU 8606
Halnaker Park WS Chichester Boxgrove SU 9109
Hollycombe House WS Chichester Linchmere SU 8529
Idsworth WS Chichester Compton SU 7413
King Edward VII Hospital WS Chichester Easebourne SU 8724
Ladyholt WS Chichester Compton SU 7516
Lavington Park WS Chichester East Lavington SU 9416
Little Green, Compton Park WS Chichester Compton SU 7715
Lordington, Racton WS Chichester Funtington SU 7809
Oakwood Park, East Ashling WS Chichester Funtington SU 8206
Petworth House WS Chichester Petworth SU 9722
Pitshill WS Chichester Tillington SU 9422
Priory Park WS Chichester Chichester SU 0587
Rymans WS Chichester Appledram SU 8403
Shillinglee Park, Kirdford WS Chichester Kirdford SU 9631
Stansted Park WS Chichester Stoughton SU 7610
Uppark WS Chichester Harting SU 7717
West Ashling Park WS Chichester Funtingdon SU811075
West Dean WS Chichester West Dean SU 8612
West Stoke WS Chichester Funtington SU8208
Woolbeding House WS Chichester Woolbeding SU 8722
Brookhill House WS Cowfold Cowfold TQ 2232
Worth Park WS Crawley Worth TQ 3730
Streat Place ES Ditchling Streat/Westmeston TQ 3414
Castle Goring WS Durrington Ferring TQ 0511
Compton Place ES Eastbourne Eastbourne TV 6098
Sennicotts WS Funtington Funtington SU 0784
Valewood Farm WS Haslemere Lurgashall SU 9031
Alexandra Park ES Hastings Hastings TQ 6624
St Leonards Gardens ES Hastings St Leonards TQ 7908
Beech Hurst WS Haywards Heath Haywards Heath TQ 3223
Chestham Park WS Horsham Henfield TQ 2117
Chesworth House WS Horsham Southwater TQ 1729
Coolhurst, near Horsham WS Horsham Colgate TQ 1929
Denne Park WS Horsham Southwater TQ 1629
Knepp Castle WS Horsham Shipley TQ 1521
Leonardslee WS Horsham Lower Beeding TQ 2225
Little Thakeham WS Horsham Thakeham TQ 1015
Old Place, Lindfield WS Horsham Lindfield TQ 3525
Parham WS Horsham Parham TQ 0514
St Leonards Park/New Lodge WS Horsham Colgate TQ 2031
Wiston Park, Steyning WS Horsham Wiston TQ 1512
Pilgrim Cottage WS Itchenor West Itchenor SU 7901
Baldys Garden ES Lewes St Thomas TQ 4210
Delves House ES Lewes Ringmer TQ 4412
Firle Place ES Lewes West Firle TQ 4707
Glynde Place ES Lewes Glynde TQ 4509
Glyndebourne ES Lewes Glynde TQ 4510
Hamsey Place ES Lewes Hamsey TQ 4112
Lewes House ES Lewes All Saints  
Lewes Priory and Lord's Place ES Lewes Southover TQ 4109
Monk's House ES Lewes Rodmell TQ 4306
Newick Park ES Lewes Newick TQ 4219
Novington Manor ES Lewes Plumpton TQ 3714
Old Vicarage, Firle ES Lewes West Firle TQ 4607
Pelham House ES Lewes St Michaels  
Plumpton Place ES Lewes Plumpton TQ 3613
Ragged Lands ES Lewes Glynde TQ 4608
Southover Grange ES Lewes Southover TQ 5410
Buxshalls WS Lindfield Lindfield Rural TQ 3227
Cotmaton WS Lindfield Lindfield Urban TQ 3425
Criplands WS Lindfield Lindfield Rural TQ 3424
Littlecote (demolished) WS Lindfield Lindfield Urban TQ 3425
Oaklee WS Lindfield Lindfield Urban TQ 3425
Paxhill Park WS Lindfield Lindfield Rural TQ 3626
Borde Hill WS Mid Sussex Cuckfield Rural TQ 3236
Brockhurst WS Mid Sussex East Grinstead TQ 4037
Cuckfield Park WS Mid Sussex Cuckfield Rural TQ 2924
Danny, Hurstpierpoint WS Mid Sussex Hurstpierpoint TQ 2814
Gravetye Manor WS Mid Sussex West Hoathly TQ 3634
Heaselands WS Mid Sussex Cuckfield Rural TQ 3122
High Beeches (The) WS Mid Sussex Cuckfield Rural TQ 2731
Legh Manor WS Mid Sussex Cuckfield Rural TQ 2822
Nymans WS Mid Sussex Cuckfield Rural TQ 2629
Saddlescombe Farm WS Mid Sussex Newtimber TQ 2711
Slaugham Place WS Mid Sussex Slaugham TQ 2627
Stonehurst WS Mid Sussex Ardingly TQ 3431
Wakehurst Place WS Mid Sussex Ardingly TQ 3331
Newtimber Place WS Newtimber Newtimber TQ 1327
Lock House WS Partridge Green West Grinstead TQ 1818
Michelgrove WS Patching Patching SU 0808
Fiddlers Copse WS Plaistow Plaistow TQ 3001
Church Place WS Pulborough Pulborough TQ 1805
Ashburnham Place ES Rother Ashburnham TQ 6814
Batemans ES Rother Burwash TQ 6624
Battle Abbey ES Rother Battle TQ 7415
Brickwall ES Rother Northiam TQ 8324
Brightling Park ES Rother Brightling TQ 6821
Great Dixter ES Rother Northiam TQ 8125
Orchards WS Rowfant Worth TQ 3634
Saint Hill Manor WS Saint Hill East Grinstead TQ 3539
New Hall WS Small Dole West Grinstead TQ 1321
Walberton House WS Walberton Walberton SU 0597
Alciston Court ES Wealden Selmeston TQ 5005
Arches (Farm) Manor ES Wealden Framfield TQ 4919
Ashdown House ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4435
Ashdown Park (A.P.Hotel) ES Wealden Maresfield TQ 4332
Ashdown Place ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4233
Barham House ES Wealden East Hoathly TQ 5317
Barkham Manor ES Wealden Fletching TQ 4321
Bayham Abbey ES Wealden Frant TQ 6536
Beeches Farm ES Wealden Isfield TQ 4520
Bentley Wildfowl ES Wealden Framfield TQ 4814
Bentley Wood ES Wealden Framfield TQ 4816
Berwick Court ES Wealden Berwick TQ 5204
Birling Manor ES Wealden East Dean  
Blackham Court ES Wealden Withyham TQ 5037
Bolebroke ES Wealden Hartfield TQ 4737
Bramblehurst ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4135
Brambletye House ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4135
Brownings Manor (Grove) ES Wealden Framfield TQ 5320
Bryckden Place ES Wealden Waldron TQ 5420
Buckham Hill House ES Wealden Isfield TQ 4520
Buckhurst Park ES Wealden Withyham TQ 5035
Buckwood Grange (The Rocks) ES Wealden Uckfield TQ 4621
Buxted Park ES Wealden Buxted TQ 4923
Camberlot Hall ES Wealden Hellingly TQ 5511
Carter's Corner Place ES Wealden Hellingly TQ 6012
Castle Hill (House) ES Wealden Rotherfield TQ 5428
Charleston Manor ES Wealden Westdean TV 5200
Chelwood Beacon ES Wealden Danehill TQ 4229
Clapham House ES Wealden Friston TQ 5309
Claverham Manor ES Wealden Ripe TQ 5370
Clinton Lodge ES Wealden Fletching TQ 4223
Cobblers ES Wealden Crowborough TQ 5329
Cotchford Farm ES Wealden Hartfield TQ 4734
Cowbeech House/ Hall Farm ES Wealden Cowbeech TQ 6314
Cranesden ES Wealden Mayfield TQ 5826
Crossways House (St Bede's School) ES Wealden Upper Dicker TQ 5609
Danehurst ES Wealden Danehill TQ 4026
Dewhurst Lodge ES Wealden Wadhurst TQ 6133
Dutton Homestall ES Wealden Ashurst Wood TQ 4237
Eckington Manor ES Wealden Ripe TQ 5210
Ely Grange ES Wealden Frant TQ 5936
Eridge Park ES Wealden Frant TQ 5635
Fishers Gate ES Wealden Withyham TQ 4933
Folkington Manor ES Wealden Folkington TQ 5603
Folkington Place ES Wealden Folkington TQ 5604
Foxhunt Manor ES Wealden Waldron TQ 5417
Framfield Grange ES Wealden Framfield TQ 5020
Framfield Place ES Wealden Framfield TQ 4920
Frankham Park ES Wealden Wadhurst TQ 5931
Frant Court ES Wealden Frant TQ 5825
Frant Lodge ES Wealden Frant TQ 5935
Frant Manor Cottage ES Wealden Frant TQ 5935
Friston Place ES Wealden Friston TV 5598
Gamelands ES Wealden Hellingly TQ 5715
Glen Andred ES Wealden Withyham TQ 4418
Glyndley Manor ES Wealden Westham TQ 6006
Hammerwood Park ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4339
Hammond's Green ES Wealden Framfield TQ4920
Hamsell Manor ES Wealden Rotherfield TQ 5533
Hankham, Handcombe Hall ES Wealden Handcombe  
Heasmonds (Prospect House) ES Wealden East Hoathly TQ 5216
Heatherden ES Wealden Waldron TQ 5621
Heathfield ES Wealden Heathfield TQ 5820
Heron's Ghyll Gardens ES Wealden Buxted TQ 4827
Herstmonceux Castle ES Wealden Herstmonceux TQ 6410
Herstmonceux Place ES Wealden Herstmonceux TQ 6311
High Cross ES Wealden Framfield TQ 4918
Highfield Park ES Wealden Hartfield TQ 4938
Highlands, Holtye ES Wealden Hartfield TQ 4539?
Hilders Court ES Wealden Chiddingly TQ 5415
Holly Hill ES Wealden Hartfield TQ 4533
Holly Mount ES Wealden Buxted TQ 4926
Hoo (The) ES Wealden Willingdon TQ 5802
Horeham Manor ES Wealden Horam TQ 5717
Horselunges Manor ES Wealden Hellingly TQ 5812
Horsted Place ES Wealden Little Horsted TQ 4618
Isenhurst ES Wealden Mayfield TQ 5623
Isfield Place ES Wealden Isfield TQ 4418
Kidbrooke Park ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4134
Knole ES Wealden Frant TQ 6034
Laughton (Lodge) Manor ES Wealden Laughton TQ 4913
Lealands ES Wealden Hellingly TQ 5713
Leyswood ES Wealden Groombridge TQ 5235
Lime House ES Wealden Herstmonceux TQ 6312
Lower Sandhill ES Wealden Framfield TQ 4917
Ludlay ES Wealden Selmeston TQ 5207
Maresfield Park ES Wealden Maresfield TQ 4624
Markly ES Wealden Warbleton TQ 6218
Milton Court and Milton ES Wealden Arlington TQ 5507
Molesley Gore ES Wealden Uckfield TQ 4721
Monks Park ES Wealden Wadhurst TQ 6434
Mount, The ES Wealden Wadhurst TQ 6132
Newplace Farm ES Wealden Framfield TQ 5019
Old Buckhurst ES Wealden Withyham TQ 4935
Old Whyligh ES Wealden East Hoathly TQ 5116
Otham ES Wealden Polegate  
Owlesbury Park ES Wealden Rotherfield? TQ 6120
Penns in the Rocks ES Wealden Withyham TQ 5234
Pixton Hill ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4335
Plawhatch Hall ES Wealden East Grinstead TQ 3932
Possingworth Manor House ES Wealden Waldron TQ 5320
Priesthawes Manor ES Wealden Westham TQ 6006
Rocks, The ES Wealden Buxted TQ 4925
Rotherfield Hall ES Wealden Rotherfield TQ 5429
Searles ES Wealden Fletching TQ 4325
Sharnden ES Wealden Mayfield TQ 6028
Sheffield Park ES Wealden Fletching TQ 4124
Shepherd's Gate ES Wealden Hartfield? TQ 4433
Shernfold Place (Park) ES Wealden Frant TQ 5934
Sherrington Manor ES Wealden Selmeston TQ 5007
Snape ES Wealden Wadhurst TQ 6230
Steep Park ES Wealden Rotherfield TQ 5327
Stilliands Tower/Stillyans ES Wealden Heathfield/Waldron TQ 5818
Tanners Manor ES Wealden Waldron TQ 5618
Ticehurst House Hospital ES Wealden Rother TQ 3491
Tilton Farmhouse ES Wealden Firle TQ 4906
Tottingworth Park ES Wealden Waldron TQ 6122
Trulls Hatch ES Wealden Rotherfield TQ 5729
Wadhurst Castle ES Wealden Wadhurst TQ 2292
Whyly (now Pilgrim Hall) ES Wealden Framfield TQ 5017
Windmill-hill Place ES Wealden Wartling TQ 6511
Woodside ES Wealden Frant TQ 5934
Wootton Manor ES Wealden Folkington TQ5605
Wych Cross Place ES Wealden   TQ 4131
Yew Tree Hall ES Wealden Forest Row TQ 4333
Itchenor Park House WS West Itchenor West Itchenor SU 7900
Bowhill WS West Stoke Funtington SU 8109
Courtlands WS Worthing Goring SU 1303
Highdown WS Worthing Worthing TQ 0904
Laughton Place ES   Laughton TQ 4811

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