St Leonards Gardens, Hastings

St Leonards Gardens is a Regency garden which became a public park in the nineteenth century. It is grade II on the English Heritage register. ACTA produced a conservation plan and restoration and management plan which were the basis for a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The restoration proposals were based on:

  • Accurate reconstruction of original paths, walls and boundaries;
  • Tree management to restore the relationship between the gardens and the surrounding Regency villas;
  • Replanting in period style.

ACTA were project landscape architects for the construction contract. We developed a planting scheme which:

  • Retained the best of the mature vegetation;
  • Reinforced the semi-natural character of the edges of the park;
  • Reflected the delicate and complex style of Regency planting.

The Regency style was one of colourful and varied planting.

The overall style of the Regency gardens was reconstructed from engravings and contemporary descriptions.

The gardens are one of the few open spaces in a socially deprived area.