For a new twist on the classic garden outings, why not visit a sculpture park? We reveal the sculpture gardens you really shouldn't miss this summer
Sculpture and gardens are a match made in heaven. “Sculpture looks fantastic in landscapes – especially, and perhaps surprisingly, 20th and 21st century works of art set in historic landscapes,” says Mary Miers, Fine Arts and Books Editor at Country Life and author of The English Country House. Which is why, in the last 10 years, there has been an enormous explosion in the number of sculpture parks in Britain. “It benefits the owners, who are looking for ways to attract new visitors, but also the sculptors, because many of the works that dot the gardens of private estates are actually for sale.” With so many art parks opening their doors, it may be daunting to choose which ones to visit, but Mary has given us the pick of the crop – the sculpture gardens you really shouldn’t miss this summer.
Image: Dawn Squares by Jordi Raga, William Peers and Paul Vanstone, courtesy of Asthall Manor