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Surrey Sculpture Society returns to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens for summer exhibition

Abby Martin – Owl in the Harmonium

Its second summer exhibition on the site runs from July 29 to September 4.

Abby Martin, the company’s head of exhibitions for the event, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at Leonardslee Gardens again to produce what will be a fabulous sculpture trail.

“This year the trail takes a slightly different route, taking you to the upper part of the Grade I listed gardens where our sculptures will lead you directly to the wallabies and past the vineyard and delicious teas, cakes and more. You might even end up eating a Leonardslee picnic with a peacock! With even more sculptures to see than last year, we hope it will be a popular place for people to come and spend a wonderful summer day.

“For nearly three decades, the Surrey Sculpture Society has exhibited in stunning venues across the country, showing the works of renowned and emerging artists. The Sculpture Trail at Leonardslee will feature approximately 100 sculptures in a diverse range of sculptural styles and materials.

“The beautiful woodland gardens are also home to famed South African sculptor Anton Smit’s The Walk of Life exhibition, which features monumental sculptures.

“Visitors to the event will also have the rest of the 240 acres of spectacular gardens to explore and enjoy, including seven tranquil lakes, parklands and woodlands created by Sir Edmond Loder, the great Victorian plant hunter and former owner of Leonardslee.

“The venue also has outstanding visitor facilities with five eating places, a farm shop and garden center and is located in Horsham.”

Leonardslee Estate Manager Adam Streeter said: “We are delighted to welcome the Surrey Sculpture Society back to Leonardslee, which is gaining a reputation as a major arts venue in the south of England, particularly as a place of outdoor sculptures.

Abby added: “From humble beginnings as a group of just 14 sculptors living in Surrey 28 years ago, the Surrey Sculpture Society has grown into a major force, now attracting considerable media interest and has been featured at the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show, on BBC One TV and across arts, gardening and regional media.

“The SSS now has over 250 members spread across the South East of England and further across the UK.”

Entry to the Surrey Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Trail is included with entry to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in Horsham, RH13 6PR.

Opening dates and times: 29 July-4 September, opening hours: 9am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm).

For full details of entry fees and visitor information visit: www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk.

For more information about the Surrey Sculpture Society, visit www.surreysculpture.org.uk.