Programme Forum 2017 – 23rd- 24th SeptemberBack to the grapevine

 West Dean Walled Garden      Glass and Glasshouses

Saturday 23rd September         Booking form – West Dean 2017 PDF

9.00      Registration and coffee

10.00    Welcome followed by our speakers and hosts:

  • Sarah Wain & Jim Buckland – Head Gardeners of West Dean Gardens for over 25 years
  • Simon Harrison – Victorian Glasshouse Company
  • Chris Sawyer -Director at Alitex
  • Ben Pope– head gardener of private estate with restored walled garden near Petersfield, Hants

There will be a coffee break during the talks

1.00 – 2.00     Lunch

2.00    Tours of the Walled Kitchen Gardens with Sarah and Jim

Ending with tea and time for discussion.

16.30  End of the first day

In addition to the main Forum, delegates will be able walk around West Dean’s extensive pleasure gardens, before a reception that will be held in the Oak Hall of West Dean House. There will be a small additional cost (see below)

Sunday 24th September

9.30     Meet at West Dean to depart in cars for visits to other Walled Gardens

16.00   Provisional finish time for the Forum

Final details for the gardens we are visiting will follow, all will be within easy driving distance of West Dean. We currently plan to travel first to Fittleworth House, then on to Whithurst Park, Kirdford, ending at Petworth to visit the private Walled Gardens.

Garden entrance, tours, coffee and lunch will be included during the day, car shares can be organised and will start and end at West Dean.

Additional Plans

Friday 22nd September (afternoon)

Alitex are relatively close to West Dean, we have been invited to visit their factory at Torberry Farm, South Harting. We will meet there for a tour around 1pm, to have enough time. We will send map and confirm times nearer the date.

Alitex have been strong supporters of WKGN for many years and we are really pleased to have the opportunity to see the factory and discover the history and processes behind their glasshouses.

Saturday 23rd September (evening)

We have arranged a Reception in the beautiful Oak Hall of West Dean House on the evening of the 23rd, from 6-8pm. The cost is in addition to the Forum, £15 per person. We will need to confirm numbers, so if you’d like to attend please get in touch.


There is some accommodation at West Dean College if you are interested in staying there, please contact the College direct:

Call 01243 818295, to speak to Zoe Lane, bookings manager. Let her know that you are attending the Forum.

There are plenty of options locally for B&B or hotels – Let us know where you’re staying and if you’d like to, we can put you in touch with other attendees at the same hotels or nearby

Tourist Information Chichester:

Booking form – West Dean 2017 PDF

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