Restoring Uppark's historic path network
Although Uppark owes much to the vision of renowned landscape designer Humphry Repton, his work incorporated an earlier key element that has since been lost. We're going to put that right.
Restoring our historic paths
The original network of meandering paths led the visitor on a carefully choreographed journey through the gardens, with each turn gradually revealing important horticultural features designed to make the most of Uppark's idyllic position high on the South Downs.
Archived plans and photographs offer a glimpse of how the paths may have looked, and archaeological work has confirmed much of their route. While alterations made to the gardens during the 20th century detracted from the original vision, work is already underway to restore what was Uppark's final significant phase in its development.
What will we be doing?
The project will run over three years, with the first phase seeing the restoration of the paths across the café lawn. Some work has already been completed, such as the removal of the island beds (a late 20th century addition) while much of the rest of the work will take place over the winter months so as to minimise disruption as much as possible.
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.
How can you help?
The project is estimated to cost in the region of £50,000 which will be financed through fundraising events and activities.
If you feel able to make a contribution - either as a volunteer or by making a donation - we'd love to hear from you.