Please help us to raise £6,000 to restore the beautiful Japanese Garden in Gatton Park, much loved by visitors of all ages and situated within the stunning parkland of Gatton Park on the North Downs above Reigate in Surrey.
To ensure that the garden continues to be safe and accessible for all our visitors we need to restore the Japanese bridge, an integral part of the original design which has now become hazardous, and replace the roof of the “teahouse” which has reached the end of its life. This work needs to be carried out by skilled carpenters and cannot be done by our team of talented, regular volunteers.
The Japanese Garden was originally constructed in 1909 by the then owner, Sir Jeremiah Colman, to satisfy his fascination with all things Eastern. Having vanished by the 1950’s, it was rediscovered and restored in 1999 as part of a Channel 4 TV series “Lost Gardens”, and has been a key feature in the wonderful landscape of Gatton since then. The garden is maintained by volunteers and visited by thousands of people of all ages who come to Gatton Park on open days, activities and special events. It is also used by school children investigating plants, writing poetry and recreating Monet’s bridge art work.
The beautiful parkland of Gatton is the inspiration and location for a wide range of activities offered by The Gatton Trust for schools, families and individuals. The Trust works to restore, conserve, protect and improve the parkland, gardens and historic buildings of Gatton Park and to use this magnificent landscape as a learning resource for both adults and children.
The 250 acre landscape was designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. As well as the Edwardian Japanese Garden it also features a large Victorian rock garden, Edwardian Pleasure Garden, children’s natural play trail and a series of lakes and ponds.