A portrait of Painshill over the last 40 years

Painshill 40th anniversary

For the last 40 years, Painshill Park Trust has worked tirelessly to bring the lost gardens of Painshill back to their former 18th century glory – and we want to celebrate by using our Ruby Anniversary year to create a giant collage of visitor’s photographs.

Today, our spectacular 158-acre site is once again one of the most important and significant landscape gardens in the country.

With a history nearly as fascinating as the wonderful follies dotted through the landscape, our visionary park was designed in the 1700s by The Hon Charles Hamilton, who used a mix of architecture and horticulture to recreate the sights he saw on his two Grand Tours of Europe.

In the decades that followed, Painshill passed from owner to owner until it fell into ruin after World War Two.

Formed in 1981, Painshill Park Trust has spent the last 40 years tirelessly fundraising, painstakingly restoring each of the follies and recreating the breath-taking views for our 130,000 visitors a year.

There is still work to do and in our 40th year we will be planning and fundraising for important landscape projects.

As well as honour the anniversary we would like to celebrate all that Painshill means to the community. We will be creating a giant collage of pictures and we’re asking for you to send us your photographs of Painshill – whether they’re of the spectacular scenery, the fantastic follies, or you and your family enjoying the grounds.

We know how much you love Painshill, and collecting your memories to create a giant collage will not only celebrate the restoration but also all the good times people have enjoyed here over the last four decades.

Please get involved today and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #PainshillRuby or by emailing them to us at