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Crown-Shaped Glasshouse revealed in West Sussex Gardens

The new sculpture - photo credit to Hufton+Crow.

Woolbeding Gardens have had a new addition to the landscape.

Heatherwick Studio, in collaboration with The Woolbeding Charity and the National Trust, have unveiled a kinetic Glasshouse and Silk Route Garden set on the edge of Woolbeding Gardens in West Sussex.

The unfolding structure serves as a focal point to a new garden that highlights how ancient Silk Route has influenced English gardens of today.

The structure features ten steel ‘sepals’ with a glass and aluminium façade, which creates a 141 sqm space in the shape of a crown once it opens.

The Silk Route Garden surrounding the structure takes visitors on a journey through a landscape which was influenced by the ancient trading route between Asia and Europe.

Andy Jasper, Head of Gardens and Parks for the National Trust said that: "The gardens and parklands of the National Trust are as much about the future as they are about the past. The amazing Heatherwick Glasshouse in the new Silk Route Garden is a fantastic example of this – a wonderful reminder of the historic horticultural legacy we are all so connected to in our gardens today, and simultaneously providing a symbolic reminder of our commitment to and belief in tomorrow."

The Woolbeding Glasshouse and the Silk Route Garden are open on Thursdays and Fridays from 28 April to 30 September, 2022.

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