The Rhododendron Woods at Leith Hill

Sit among the rhododendrons in full bloom © Andrew Butler

Sit among the rhododendrons in full bloom

This beautiful shaded formal landscape provides a tranquil setting for people to relax among the scented blooms.

Created by Caroline Wedgwood, the sister of naturalist Charles Darwin, our wood contains some of the original introductions of rhododendrons into England. Caroline’s intention was to provide a colourful vista to be viewed from Leith Hill Place.

The rare collection of towering specimen trees provides the shade needed for the rhododendrons and azaleas that line the serpentine paths.Sadly some of the trees and shrubs were lost during The Great Storm in 1987.

Extensive replanting, thinning and aftercare has now restored the damaged parts of the Wood to their former glory.

The Rhododendron Wood is open throughout the year, but the blooms are at their best from April to June. The Wood can also be seen as part of the larger, circular Woodland Trail.