Help Painshill survive the Coronavirus crisis
Painshill is a living work of art, a jewel in England’s heritage and a garden design of international importance.
Designed by Charles Hamilton in the 18th century, it was one of the first examples of the English Landscape Movement and is a paradise of peace, beautiful follies and stunning views. The garden was lost after the Second World War and has been painstakingly restored since its rediscovery in the 1960s.
It offers a home to various wildlife and the John Bartram Plant Heritage Collection of trees and shrubs.
Painshill also runs a volunteer scheme that gives the local community important activities for well-being, and an education scheme that teaches 10,000 school children a year the importance of the outdoors, ecology and climate change.
The landscape is run by a small independent charity called Painshill Park Trust, which is dedicated to preserving and restoring the landscape and garden buildings at Painshill, all funded through memberships, visitor fees, tea room, our shop and fundraising.
In the last few months Painshill has faced myriad of challenges. It has been hit by storms and then when the River Mole flooded, causing damage, closures and event cancellations. All of this had a severe impact on income to fund our work.
Now Painshill has been forced to shut its doors to the public, to stop the spread of Coronavirus, meaning all income from visitor admissions, Tea Room sales, weddings and events will be lost. We have taken every step we can to save the charity, including furloughing 80% of our staff.
Painshill’s future is extremely fragile. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that Painshill cannot survive this current crisis without help.
It has never been clearer that nature and open spaces are incredibly important for people’s well-being and mental health. Painshill is a vital resource for the community, which was proven just before we had to close due to Coronavirus restrictions. It is a place people can enjoy the benefits of exercise and being in nature, amongst trees and landscape and seeing birds. A moment of calm in everyday life. Painshill means so much to people and it is essential that we save this special place so that it can be enjoyed today and for many generations to come.
While we are closed please consider helping us through these horrible times. Any amount you can donate would be received with extreme gratitude.