The Surrey PH group organised a trip to Woolbeding and Ramster as part of their summer programme of activities – two gardens within easy reach of Guildford, but I hadn’t visited either of them.
Woolbeding was given to the National Trust in 1957 and in 1972 was leased to Simon Sainsbury who restored the 17th C house and created the gardens with his partner Stewart Grimshaw. The garden designer Lanning Roper worked with Simon and Stewart to create a series of garden rooms around the house. More recently Julian and Isabel Bannerman designed a woodland pleasure ground with follies, water and theatrical surprises.
Woolbeding is accessed by minibus from the carpark in Midhurst and you need to book in advance. The upside of this is that visitor numbers are restricted and the garden retains the atmosphere of a private place. More tomorrow on our trip to Ramster.