Alexandra Park, Hastings

Alexandra Park was laid out by Robert Marnock in 1878-80. It extends through the centre of Hastings and is grade ll on the English Heritage register. ACTA worked with Hastings Borough Council on the preparation of conservation and management plans for a £3.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund scheme.

Subsequently ACTA prepared:

  • a survey of trees and shrubs for their landscape and wildlife value;
  • planting designed in the Gardenesque style of Marnock incorporating the best of the surviving twentieth-century planting;
  • specification for reinstating the planting beds;
  • specification for management of the park;
  • ecological audit of the whole of the site including the semi-natural inland gill woodlands;
  • management plans for the seminatural areas.

Revitalising the walk around the boating lake was central to the project.

The colourful shrubberies, which were a contrast with the lawns and ponds through the centre of the park were restored.

Management proposals were written for the semi-natural gill vegetation which extends inland beyond the designed landscape.