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One of my favourite places for Autumn colour in a fantastic setting.

Some history -

Sheffield Park Garden is a National Trust property situated on the edge of the Sussex Weald.

It is a beautiful 120 acre woodland garden originally designed for the first Earl of Sheffield by Humphry Repton and Capability Brown in the 18th century.

The third Earl, inherited the estate in 1876. One of his first tasks was to establish a cricket field. The 1st Australia v England cricket match took place there when an Australian XI opened their tour at Sheffield Park between 1884 and 1896. Lord Sheffield's team included W.G. Grace.

Later in 1910 saw the arrival of Arthur Gilstrap Soames who transformed the garden with clumps of lakeside rhododendrons so enjoyed by Virginia Woolf and also introduced the spectacular autumn colour with Japanese maples, nyssas and beds of autumn gentians.

The garden is overlooked by the neo-Gothic mansion Sheffield Park House seen in the photo.

The garden's original design was of trees, manicured lawns and two serpentine lakes. Later these two original lakes were extended to form the present chain of five, with picturesque waterfalls and a 25 foot cascade between the different levels. The shores of the lakes are planted with a superb variety of trees and shrubs. It remains on my list of 'Definitely Must Visit Again and Again and Again'locations.

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