Sheffield Park and Garden is a National Trust property located in East Sussex – nowhere near Sheffield at all! As we were visiting family in the area and hadn’t visited the garden for many years, we thought we might pay a visit. It was a beautiful September day, so we were looking for somewhere for a flat, gentle stroll, followed by a light lunch, where everyone in our party would be able to enjoy a few hours. We weren’t disappointed.
This place truly is a garden for all seasons, open all year, with stunning specimens at every turn.
The autumn colours were just beginning to show when we visited, hinting at the spectacle that is to come over the next few weeks and months.
It was a warm September day, even the ducks were enjoying the sunshine.
The last of the summer sunflowers were still standing tall.
The pond lilies were looking pretty good too.
For once we had been very organised, visiting the website before we left home to see how accessible it would be. The garden is large and sloping but we were delighted to see how accessible much of it actually was. There is parking next to both the reception and tearoom entrances for those with mobility issues, slopes rather than steps and wheelchairs and new mobility scooters available to borrow.
The mobility scooters need to be booked in advance and a driving lesson is included. We did see them in action and were very impressed by the difference these made to the people who were using them to enjoy the garden. A great facility.
We didn’t get to see all of the garden this time but had a very pleasant stroll, followed by lunch in the wooden panelled tearoom. We’re already looking forward to our next visit when we hope to be able to see more of this beautiful garden.
You can find out more about Sheffield Park and Garden on the National Trust Website.