The Italian Gardens are tucked away in a sheltered location at the western most end of Eastbourne's seafront. The garden originated in the early twentieth century when an old chalk quarry was landscaped. 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. On the promenade below is a large cafe and nearby you can find public toilets.
Western Lawns Rockery
This is a large rockery situated on the lowest promenade near the Grand Hotel. From May until the autumn a wide range of colourful plants flower in sequence. Many are familiar garden plants but most originated in distant countries. An information board identifies about fifty of the plants present.
This elegant square is located in front of the site of the new Cultural Centre and the Congress Theatre. The lawns and attractive perennial planting can be admired from the seating provided. Several young palm trees and a central Maritme Pine are now well established.
Tank Enclosure Garden
The Tank Enclosure has peculiar origins as it sits atop part of Eastbourne's storm water drainage system one kilometre east of the pier. The garden was created as the site cannot be built upon owing to the large water surge tank below ground. Until 2003 traditional bedding was regularly used at this site but during the past two years 'tropical' style perennials have been established. These include many cabbage palms (Cordyline), succulents and flowering plants that give a long season of interest. The garden is low maintenance and is not artificially watered at any time. Access is not permitted but excellent views can be had from all around the perimeter.