Westwood Valley

Explore a woodland landscape inspired by the eastern Himalaya.

Westwood Lake at Wakehurst in autumn

A steep ravine running from the Water Gardens to Westwood Lake, Westwood Valley is home to Wakehurst’s Asian collection of trees and shrubs. 

The area represents the landscape of the eastern Himalaya below the tree-line, with semi-evergreen forests of rhododendrons, limes, magnolias, maples, alders, oaks, birches, rowan and conifers. 

Westwood Valley has stunning views of the wider landscape. The Loder Valley viewpoint takes in a gorgeous, meandering bend of the Ardingly reservoir, wrapped in meadows and woodland. 

Woodlands of the world  

Wakehurst’s woodlands contain specimens of temperate trees from all around the world and carpets of wild flowers which provide contrasting colours throughout the year. Our trees are grouped according to the areas of the world in which they grow naturally. Known as a phytogeographic planting system, it’s an amazing way to travel the world from the heart of Sussex.

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