Parks & Gardens
Alexandra park is situated in the middle of Hastings and stretches for 2.5 miles, offering an incredibly diverse landscape, including ancient woodland and formal flower beds. The Heritage Lottery Fund helped with the £3.4 million restoration of the park, completed in 2004.
Alexandra Park was originally laid out by Robert Marnock, a famous Victorian Landscape architect in 1878 and many plants and layouts have been chosen to recreate the Victorian Pleasure Park.
The lower park includes a boating lake, bowls green, cafe, adventure playground, bandstand, war memorial and information point. The upper park includes tennis courts, multi play area, formal flower and rose gardens, reservoirs for fishing, natural woodland and a miniature railway. The top areas of Coronation Wood and Old Roar Gill are a local nature reserve.
Various events take place in Alexandra Park during the summer months including Hastings Beer Festival, various Band Concerts, Play in the Park and interpretive walks and activities.Find on Map
Hastings Country Park
Fairlight Road, Hastings
Located to the east of the town with over 267 hectares of ancient woodland, heathland and grassland lying within 3 miles (5km) of dramatic cliffs and coastline. Most of the area has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a site of Special Scientific Interest and is a proposed Local Nature Reserve.More about Hastings Country Park
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St Helen's Park
Langham Road, Hastings
Designated a local nature reserve and covering 104 acres, St Helen's Park offers a varied habitat for wildlife with it's wooded areas, meadows, ponds and streams.More about St Helen's Park
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London Road, St Leonards
Grass areas, equipped playground and flower beds surrounded by trees in a residential area.Find on Map
St Leonards Gardens
Maze Hill, St Leonards
Picturesque Gardens in the heart of Burton's St Leonards with trees, shrubs, grass areas and central pond area.Find on Map
Coombe Haven Valley
& Filsham Reedbed
The Filsham Reedbed is one of the largest in Sussex and is situated within the Combe Haven Valley local nature reserve. Freshwater pools and ditches, reedbed, fen, grazing marsh, willow scrub and woodland provide a perfect habitat for many breeding birds and insects. A huge variety of wetland plants can be found in the drainage ditches and pools within the valley.
Main access to Combe Valley and the reedbed is either via Bulverhythe recreation ground off Bexhill Road or by the reservoir on Queensway at the other end of the valley.Find on Map
An area of semi-natural woodland and freshwater ponds spanning 7.3 hectares from Hastings Town Centre to Horntye in St Leonards.More about Summerfields Woods
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Warrior Square Gardens
Seafront, St Leonards
Landscape gardens with rose and flower beds.Find on Map
Sea Road, St Leonards
Sheltered seaside gardens with bowling green and 18 hole putting course.Find on Map
White Rock Gardens
Falaise Road, Hastings
High above the White Rock Theatre and offering sea views, 6 bowling greens of a high standard, hard tennis courts and a skateboard facility. The gardens include grass areas, beds and the Oval (a larger grass area used for events such as funfairs and shows).Find on Map
Church Wood & Robsack Wood
Hollington, St Leonards
This area consists of ancient coppiced woodland with freshwater streams and a small meadow in the heart of Hollington in St Leonards. There are public footpaths throughout with the main entrance being the track off Churchwood Drive that leads to St Leonards Church (Church in the Wood). Alternatively opposite the junction to Mayfield Drive.
The woodland is very rich in wildlife with many rare and endangered species thriving in the conditions created by the coppice management.Find on Map