Bequeathed to the townsfolk of Brightlingsea in 1927 by Brightlingsea resident Captain Arthur Wenlock, his one acre beloved garden was then sadly left to become totally neglected and overgrown by former Trustees.
In 2001 members of Brightlingsea In Bloom raised £25,000 Countryside Agency local Heritage Initiative and £53,000 East of England Development Grant Funding to carry out the major restoration project. Now, 14 years on, this tranquil oasis has matured beautifully, a sheltered dell with natural stream-fed stream and bog area planted with moisture-loving varieties including giant Gunnera. Bark paths meander around the upper shady areas.
A large sunny border offers up a pot-pourri of delightful fragrances and on a secluded sunny bank, the Echiums grow to great heights. There’s a number of wood piles to provide a habitat for hedgehogs, amphibians and a wide variety of insects, while bird feeders, roosting and nesting boxes are erected around the garden. Around the lawn are memorial seats where visitors can enjoy the many aspects of this unique garden.
Springmead Gardens is located at the top of Ladysmith Avenue and Spring Chase, near the junction with Church Road.
Open daily except Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
April to October: 9am to 6pm
October to March: 10am to dusk (may be closed occasionally for private functions)
Admission free, no dogs (except guide dogs)