The Beeches Barcombe
Discover a very very special garden in rural East Sussex
A magnificent historic walled kitchen garden, a beautifully planted pleasure garden and tranquil glades
Over the past 18 years, Sandy Coppen has created a most imaginative garden within the grounds of her home, The Beeches, an 18th century country house in East Sussex. She has also restored its, 300 year old walled garden to its former glory - recently the subject of a major timelapse documentary on BBC4.
The garden surrounds a magnificent house, which dates mainly from the Queen Anne period; and the walled garden has been used continuously as a kitchen garden for growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and cut flowers. Its box hedge walk, large brick bordered beds and greenhouses have been preserved in their original form. Sandy is reinstating espaliers of blackberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants on north-facing walls, apples, cherries and hardier pear varieties on east-facing walls and tomatoes, peaches and plums on south-facing walls.
The pleasure garden at The Beeches is a delight to behold. It has been entirely created by Sandy Coppen. The well-established herbaceous borders have imaginative planting schemes that are rich in colour, and there is also a very popular rose garden.