Kidbrooke Park, Forest Row - Wealden

C18 park with extensive C19 landscape features attributed to Humphry Repton and later formal and woodland gardens. The estate was sold and broken up after WWII, the house converted to a Steiner school. Development and change of use further reduced the park with residential development and school facilities built in the grounds and significant portions of the estate for sale recently. Proposals for using the lower lake as a flood storage facility have also been explored. A Parkland Plan by Natural England with the school has unlocked funding for significant restoration works.

Kidbrooke Park, Forest Row - Wealden
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Kidbrooke Park
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1000305
  • Local Planning Authority: Wealden
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Landscape park


  • County: East Sussex
  • District / Borough: Wealden
  • Parish: Forest Row
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Wealden
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally satisfactory but with significant localised problems
  • Vulnerability: Medium
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Mixed, multiple owners
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II, 2 LBs