Sussex

Grade-I listed Leonardslee Gardens closes to public

Leonardslee House
Image caption The Loder family have lived at Leonardslee since 1889

A Grade-I listed garden in West Sussex that features a deer and wallaby park closes to the public at the end of the day following its recent sale.

Leonardslee Gardens, at Lower Beeding near Horsham, has been owned by the Loder family since the 19th Century.

The 225-acre estate, which attracted up to 50,000 visitors a year, was sold to an overseas buyer for £5m, who is expected to keep the gardens private.

The Loder's nursery business was not sold and will remain open.

In a statement on its website, the Loder family thanked regular visitors to the gardens for their support, and their staff for maintaining them.

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