Stay year-round at our new Bothy

There are about 23 million gardens in the UK, and each one – regardless of size - can play a crucial role in reversing biodiversity loss.

But can you rewild a garden? And if so, what would a rewilded garden be like?

We’ve recently been applying what we’ve learnt from rewilding the larger landscape at Knepp to our 1.3-acre Victorian walled garden. We’ve been exploring how to kick-start natural processes as well as create a dynamic, diverse, complex but beautiful space on a more familiar and accessible scale.

The rewilded walled garden at Knepp is a unique horticultural experiment in maximising biodiversity, creating opportunities for learning and inspiration. It’s about challenging old ways of thinking and adapting to the spaces that we have available – even if it’s just a window box.

The project has been masterminded by our garden advisory board, including Tom Stuart-Smith (world-renowned landscape designer); Professor Mick Crawley (emeritus professor of plant ecology at Imperial College, London); Professor James Hitchmough, (professor of horticultural ecology at the University of Sheffield); and Jekka McVicar, (author and organic gardening expert), who have all been helping us to push our thinking outside the box.

Join one of Knepp’s garden team - Charlie Harpur, Suzi Turner or Moy Fierheller - for a presentation in the newly restored Old Apple Store, before heading out on a tour of the recently transformed garden to hear about the vision and practicalities of the project, considering life both above and below the ground. After tea, coffee and organic chocolate brownies, the second half of the safari will be hosted by a Knepp ecologist and pollinator specialist, who will guide you through the emerging habitats and species within the garden.

To join this safari you will need a moderate level of mobility and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground. Please note that unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the garden owing to the substrate and its undulating nature and steps.

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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.