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We’ve just embarked on the exciting journey of rewilding the old Victorian walled garden at Knepp. We’d love to share with you the processes as we plan and create what we hope will be an inspirational wild garden.

We’ll be applying what we’ve learnt from rewilding the larger landscape at Knepp to this small-scale 1.5-acre garden and the adjoining one-acre orchard, aiming to kick-start self-willed processes, increase biodiversity and create a really interesting, dynamic, varied and beautiful natural space.

It’ll involve a big change in mindset from the conventional, rather up-tight garden we’re used to and we’re delighted to have the renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith masterminding the plans. With him on our Wild Garden advisory board are Prof Mick Crawley, emeritus professor of plant ecology at Imperial College, Prof James Hitchmough, professor of horticultural ecology at the University of Sheffield, and Jekka McVicar, author and organic gardening expert, who have been charged with pushing our thinking out of the box.

Join Suzi Turner and Moy Fierheller, our wonderful head gardeners, for a presentation in the Apple Store with tea, coffee and organic chocolate brownies before heading out on a tour of the garden to see the work in progress – literally amongst the diggers and piles of rubble – and hear about the vision and practicalities of the project. One half of the safari will be hosted by Laurie Jackson, our ecologist and pollinator specialist , who will show you the emerging habitats and species in the garden.

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Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari booking. We also cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see. Our safaris are suitable only for children of 12 and over.