Wakehurst Place is National Trust property located near Ardingly, West Sussex in the High Weald of southern England, comprising a late 16th century country house and a mainly 20th century garden, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For the National Trust's 2008–2009 fiscal year Wakehurst Place Garden was the Trust's most visited property for which admission was charged, with 439,627 visitors.
The garden today covers some 2 square kilometres and includes walled and water gardens, woodland and wetland conservation areas. It was largely created by Gerald Loder who purchased the estate in 1903 and spent 33 years developing the gardens. He was succeeded by Sir Henry Price, under whose care the Loder plantings matured, Sir Henry left Wakefield Place to the nation in 1963 and the Royal Botanic Gardens took up a lease from the National Trust in 1965.
The Wellcome Trust Millennium Building, which houses an international seed bank known as the Millennium Seed Bank Project (not National Trust), was opened in 2000. The aim of the Millennium Seed Bank is to conserve seeds from 10% of the World's flora by 2009, in the hope that this will save species from extinction in the wild.
Wakehurst Place is home to the largest growing Christmas tree in England, a giant redwood. The tree stands 35 m tall and is lit with around 1,800 lights from Advent until Twelfth Night. The lightbulbs on the tree were changed in 2006 to energy-saving lightbulbs, so the tree is not as bright as before but uses less energy.