Uppark historic paths restoration appeal

Help restore Uppark’s historic path network and enable full access to its outstanding views.

Work is starting to restore Uppark’s historic path network around the pleasure gardens, originally envisioned by Humphry Repton who is often identified as the last great English landscape designer of the Eighteenth Century.

Archaeological dig for the historic paths at Uppark, West Sussex
Close up of Uppark from an 1873 OS map. Uppark, West Sussex

Looking back 

Whilst the paths are a significant feature within the Uppark’s landscape, the pathways were lost during alterations made in the 20th century. The original ‘pleasure garden’ path system was designed to invite visitors on a choreographed journey revealing horticultural and ornamental features at each turn and designed to make the most of Uppark's idyllic position high on the South Downs.

What will we be doing?

Over five years, starting in 2019, we'll be working on restoring the lost paths. The first phase will work on the restoration of the paths around the walled garden

Wherever possible, the paths will be constructed from natural materials that closely resemble those originally used and, once completed, will significantly improve access for visitors at all times of the year. We need your help to fund this vital access work.

Every donation makes a difference

Please select an amount

£10 helps pay for project equipment required for the staff and volunteer team working on the path restoration
£20 pays for a metre of steel edging to maintain the restored pathway
£40 to support archaeologists to map and protect historic findings
Or enter your own amount
" ...in no place have I ever seen such accurate attention to olfactory joy as at Uppark"
- Humphry Repton, 1815

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we are dedicated to conserving our nation’s natural and human history so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Our conservation projects range from preserving the historic buildings in our care to protecting the plants and wildlife found in outdoor spaces. Your donation will allow us to act quickly, wherever the need is greatest at this special place, and do vital conservation work.

Donate now to improve access in the garden