Friends of Meads Parks and Gardens
Each of the three parks and gardens that we represent are in the Meads area of Eastbourne. A brief history of each of the three is as follows:-
The Helen Garden
Nestling below the Downs at the west end of Eastbourne seafront and a mile and a half south-west of the pier, The Helen Garden (BN20 7XL) overlooks the sea where King Edward’s Parade meets Duke’s Drive.
Over the years, the land has passed through the hands of several private owners including The Duke of Devonshire, the Grand Hotel and finally Mrs. Helen Reid Stewart Hornby Lewis after whom the garden is named. Shortly after her death in 1930 the land was conveyed to the council, landscaped and opened to the public in 1935.
In 2012 the garden became accredited with QEII Fields in Trust status which protects the gardens in perpetuity against development.
Broad lawns sloping gently seawards give magnificent views over the sea and towards Eastbourne pier. There is an excellent show of spring daffodils and plenty of seating. A small children’s playground is available, a pétanque pitch and a large putting course.
The Italian Gardens
The Italian Gardens (BN20 7XB) are tucked away in a sheltered location at the western most end of Eastbourne's seafront, a mile and a half south-west of the pier. It is in the Holywell area of Meads, near to but below the Helen Garden and slightly above the Holywell café.
The garden originated in the early twentieth century when an old chalk quarry was landscaped. Several Italianate buildings were built in the 1920s, at a cost of £400 and these remain today. They include some small rose arbors and a larger shelter. In 2012 the garden became accredited with QEII Fields in Trust Status.
The garden is a delightful sun trap with seating and a central lawn area below banks of mature trees. Climbing roses add a splash of colour in season.
All Saints Park
All Saints Park (BN20 7GD) is located about a mile and a half south-west of Eastbourne pier between King Edward’s Parade and Darley Road.
Formerly part of the grounds surrounding All Saints Convalescent Hospital built between 1867 and 1869, the buildings were redeveloped as luxury flats in 2009 with some land being set aside to create a new public park. In 2012 the park became accredited with QEII Fields in Trust Status.
Lawns are crossed by a network of surfaced paths with several adjacent seats. Numerous young trees will provide shelter and shade when mature and there are several beds of ornamental perennials.