Gatton Park Creates Crowdfunding Page To Help Restore 100 - Year - Old Japanese Garden


Gatton Park creates crowdfunding page to help restore 100-year-old Japanese gardenThe Japanese garden was originally constructed in 1909 by the then owner, Sir Jeremiah Colman, to satisfy his fascination with all things Eastern.
Reigate's Gatton Park needs help to raise £6,000 to restore a Japanese garden, "much loved" by visitors of all ages.

Situated within "stunning" parkland on the North Downs, the garden needs "skilled carpenters" to help fix the teahouse roof and bridge.

Louise Miller, from Gatton Park, said: "To ensure that the Japanese 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.

"Additionally the roof of the 'teahouse', another essential part of the garden, needs replacing as it has reached the end of its life.

"The majority of the work at Gatton Park is carried out by our team of talented, regular volunteers, however, the work now required on the Japanese Garden needs to be carried out by skilled carpenters."

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 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 for activities and special events.

It is also used by school children investigating plants, writing poetry and recreating Monet’s bridge art work.

She continued: "As a very small charity we do not have sufficient funds to carry out the work.

"Instead we will be using crowdfunding to help raise the funds needed."

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money by asking a large number of people to each donate a small amount.

"We really hope the people of Surrey and beyond come together to support us so we can restore this garden for visitors to enjoy for years to come," she said.

The Gatton 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 and the beautiful parkland is the inspiration and location for a wide range of activities offered by the Trust for schools, families and individuals.

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.