This news article refers to an event now past. To find out about the latests events in the Garden of Hereoes & Villains  – Click Here



Blessed with blazing sunshine, almost 700 people flocked to an exclusive open day at the Garden of Heroes and Villains in late May.

In the former private garden of the Heart of England Forest’s late founder Felix Dennis, this extraordinary exhibition of over 50 life-size statues of historical figures, from Galileo to Sir Winston Churchill, was created by some of the world’s finest sculptors. The garden is only open to the public on rare occasions, but thanks to the extraordinary success of our most recent open day we plan to throw open the gates again on Saturday 6 August, and this time we’ll be joined by Hawkwise Falconry.

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who attended, donated and made the event such a roaring success. However, none of this would have been possible without our fantastic team of helpers, who spent the day serving tea and coffee, parking cars, selling books, signing up new Friends of the Forest or volunteers, and organising guided walks. Their tireless enthusiasm meant that we were able to raise a fabulous £7,800!


Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were unanimous in their praise. Among the brilliant comments received via our feedback forms were;

“We arrived just after 10am thinking we would be there for a couple of hours – we left at 4pm! We went on the woodland walk with (Head Forester) Stephen Coffey and found it most interesting. We were very impressed that he laid on three Red Kites and a Roe Deer for us!!” (V. Tanner)

“The gardens far exceeded our expectations…what a day out. I’m sure we will be back.” (S.Tee)

“What beautiful gardens; the shard garden and poetry are so moving. The arboretum was a joy and great to see all the new planting.” (S&J)

“Really enjoyed the day. Warm welcome from car parking and admission volunteers. Thanks to everyone involved in organising it.” (M. Bearcroft)

We really enjoyed our visit and are pleased to have signed up as Friends. The volunteers did an excellent job and offered a very friendly welcome.” (L.Trotman)

So, if you missed the chance to visit the Garden of Heroes and Villains in May, remember that they’ll be open again on Saturday 6 August, 10am until 5pm. For further details, click here. Don’t delay, book today!