Down House, Ashdown Forest and Wakehurst Place Seed Bank

Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.
This Event is being organised by Brian and Sylvia Phillips.

Outline programme:

Saturday 6th July

  • Down House, Kent (Darwin’s home)
    • 10:00 Garden tour
    • 11:00 House visit with audio guide
    • Lunch in on site cafe.
    • 13:30 Leave Down House
  • Ashdown Forest (45 minute drive)
    • 14:30 Ashdown Forest Centre – Talk on history and conservation on Forest

7th   February 2019

  • 16:00 Short walk on Forest to see Winnie-the-Pooh sites from A.A. Milne’s books
  • Evening meal at local Pub (to be arranged) Sunday 7th July
  • Seed bank, Wakehurst Place
    • 10:30 Talk on history and goals of Seed bank
    • 11:30 Behind the scenes tour of seed bank by staff member
    • 12:30 Lunch or picnic in gardens
Overview of visits
Down House

With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House  was the family home of Charles Darwin. See the study where Darwin wrote ‘On the Origin of Species’, stroll through the gardens that inspired him. The visit will start with a tour of the garden to see places that inspired Darwin   and   amplified   his   ideas.   Then wander through the house with the interactive multimedia commentary by Sir David Attenborough.

Ashdown Forest

The Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are expansive vistas across the wooded hills of the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Downs on the horizon. Ashdown Forest is famous as the setting for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A.A. Milne. The visit will start with a talk from a member of the team on the history and conservation work on the forest. We will then drive to a car park on the forest for a short walk to see the landscape and visit some of the places made famous in A.A Milne’s books about Winnie-the-Pooh.

Seed bank, Wakehurst Place

By storing the world’s seeds, the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) aims to provide an insurance policy against

the extinction of plants in the wild. The visit will start with a talk from a member of staff on the history and work of the Seed Bank followed by a behind the scenes tour of the storage vaults and laboratories

Financial arrangements
(at present the numbers given as a guide only)

Payments will depend on whether Kew Guild members are also members of “English Heritage” and/or “National Trust”

Saturday 6th July

  1. Down House
    Garden Tour £4.00
    Entry English Heritage member Free
    Entry non-member £10.00
  2. Ashdown Forest
    Contribution to Forest Conservation charity £5.00
  3. Pub evening meal at location to be arranged (Optional)

Sunday 7th July

  1. Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place
    Car park Being negotiated
    Wakehurst Place National Trust members Free
    Wakehurst Place non-members Being negotiated
    Contribution to Seed bank project £5.00

Overnight accommodation options:

It is recommended that members stay to the north or east of the area of Ashdown Forest / Wakehurst Place.

There are a number of smaller hotels and B&Bs in the area plus some of the chains : Crowne Plaza, Travelodge, Premier Inn, Marriott.

PRICES – at present the above prices are a guide as we are waiting, in some cases for 2019 numbers, or on offers that might be available.

There is an absolute maximum limit of 20, so early registration is recommended.

Please register by email (see below) to Brian Phillips with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Accompanied by: name
  • Whether a member of “English Heritage” and / or “National Trust”
  • Do not send any money at present. It is anticipated that separate payment requests to those registered, depending on each response to memberships of “English Heritage and/or “National Trust”, will be sent around mid-April.

Members will be registered in strict time and date order from receiving an email. Closing date: 1st June 2019.

Refund policy: full refund available for cancellations up to 1st June 2019.

Reply to:  Brian Phillips  E-mail: brian@brianandsylvia.com Tel: 01342 824154

Down House, Kent

Down House, Kent