The Friends of Meads Parks and Gardens was established in 2015 as a community group to help maintain, improve, restore, and enhance three public parks and gardens in the Meads area of Eastbourne. These were The Helen Garden, the Italian Gardens, All Saints Park. In 2020 the Peace Garden became their fourth park.
- The Helen Garden Below the Downs at the western end of the seafront. Just over a mile and a half southwest of the pier. Buses stop close by on King Edward’s Parade.
- The Italian Gardens Tucked away in a sheltered location below the Helen Garden at the western end of the seafront, southwest of the pier. Access is on well-surfaced paths off King Edwards Parade or by the Dotto train stop at Holywell Retreat.
- All Saints Park Part of the grounds surrounding the former All Saints Hospital a mile or so southwest of the pier on the inland side of King Edward’s Parade.
- The Peace Garden In the dry moat of the Wish Tower between King Edwards Parade and the lower promenade, on elevated ground overlooking the beach to the southwest of the pier and next to the Western Lawns
The group aims to influence and raise funds for improvement projects. It also works with Eastbourne Borough Council and other government agencies over the management, maintenance, and development of the parks and gardens. The group will do everything it can to help to make the parks and gardens safe and pleasant places to visit. It will also help to enhance and preserve wildlife and conservation, play facilities, heritage, and recreational facilities in line with community needs.
The group is managed by a small Steering Committee which holds regular meetings for feedback, discussions, reports on progress, and acts as a forum for new proposals and ideas. You do not have to be a resident of Meads to join us and all members are encouraged to get involved through taking part in decision making, choosing projects, and supporting fundraising events, details of which can be found by visiting the Events section.
If you would like to support our work and become a member of Friends, please visit the Membership section.