Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey, England

Nestled in a woodland valley at the base of the Surrey Hills, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden marries art and nature in a unique environment. Broadleaved plants, mature trees and large ponds support, frame and enhance a changing collection of contemporary sculpture in this stunning garden.

The Sculpture Garden was the brainchild of owner and curator Hannah Peschar in the early 1980's, and has grown from a handful of sculptures to over 200 pieces exhibited every summer. Artists come from across Britain and Europe to exhibit their work in these breathtaking surroundings, allowing their sculptures to be seen in a whole new way. The Garden used to be part of a large estate, laid out between 1915 and 1920. Later it was split up and sold in several lots; leaving the 15th Century, grade 2 listed cottage with ten acres of land including a large water and rock garden. The garden fell rapidly into decline after the estate was sold. Over the past 40 years the garden has been redesigned and replanted by award-winning landscape designer Anthony Paul, who has introduced many large-leaved plants in bold groups, tall grasses and created 3 new ponds.

At the end of 2015 Hannah Peschar stepped back to allow a new pairing of curators to add their stamp to the Sculpture Garden. Anthony Paul and curator Vikki Leedham have assembled the following year's collections, giving a new lease of life to the Garden. The range of works selected by the curators is wide with styles varying from figurative to highly abstract, innovatively using contemporary metals, wire, glass, ceramics and plastics as well as the more traditional stone, wood and bronze.

Each sculpture is placed in a carefully considered and meaningful relationship with the other featured works within the garden. The result is an inspired combination of peaceful, enclosed harmony and dramatic, surprise vistas in an ever-changing environment. Throughout the 35 year lifetime of the Garden, the overriding theme is the powerful relationship between art and nature. Neither one outshines the other: every piece is placed in harmony with its surrounding to create an amazing synergy within the environment.

Opening Times: -

May (date tbc) to 31st October 2020
Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm
Friday: 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday afternoon: 12 noon to 5 pm
Bank Holiday Monday: 11 am to 6 pm
Last entry 1 hour before closing.

Tuesday & Wednesday - By appointment only for groups of four or more adults (no concessions). Please contact us a minimum of a day advance to request an appointment.

Please note that garden maintenance takes place throughout the week, and noisier tasks may be taking place Tuesday/Wednesday. We endeavour to work around group bookings, but please bear in mind when booking at late notice.

Monday (non Bank Holidays) - closed

£12 Adult.
£8 Concession.
£7 Child (ages 4 to 16 inclusive) Under 4 years - free.
By Appointment (Tuesday and Wednesday) - £12 per person (no concessionary or child rate).
School and larger group rates are available.

Please note that in wet weather the Garden gets very muddy and slippery in places. Please wear sensible footwear.

The Garden is only partially accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs due to steps, narrow and uneven paths in places. After wet weather accessibility is reduced even more due to soft ground and the risk of getting stuck or causing damage to the grounds. Please contact us for details.

Dogs are very welcome, so long as they are kept on a lead and 'accidents' are cleared up. We have a number of ducks and other waterfowl, so please do not bring your dog if he/she will worry the birds.


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