Bates Green Garden

East Sussex


Tye Hill Road, Arlington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH

Tel: 01323 485151

Pathway at Bates Green Garden


The naturalistic garden is spread over a 7-acre site, comprising of 1.5 acres of ornamental garden and 5.5 acres of managed Wildflower Meadow.

The garden is divided into 3 areas, which offer a sensory experience with bulbs, grasses, herbaceous and woody plants providing colour, texture and scent in all seasons.

The Front Garden is dominated by a majestic Pinus Sylvestris and contains the Winter Borders, the Wildlife Pond, Hazel Walk and fine examples of woody shrubs and trees including Parrotia persica, Liquidamber and Malus transitoria.

Yorkstone flags and container planting surround the early C19 former gamekeepers cottage, every wall is clothed with climbers.

Colour is the theme of the Middle Garden, 4 distinct borders surround the lawn; there are pergolas with seating- hornbeam and beech hedging provides an enclosed feeling. 

A commanding specimen of Quercus robur was the original inspiration for the Woodland Garden.  This area is for all seasons, many bulbs including narcissus provide early colour, and then the lush tapestry of foliage gives cool shade during the heat of the summer. A fine display of Cyclamen hederifolium is admired in the autumn after which the leaves fall to show the true beauty of the oak tree form. 

The Wildflower Meadow is in the Higher Level Country Stewardship Scheme. The number of species present is increasing and is monitored by the Sussex Botanical Recording Society. Mown paths and seating allows visitors to relax and observe.

The McCutchan family has owned the site for 100 years; Carolyn started planting the garden in 1968.  The garden was on the circuit for horticultural tours and featured in many publications including The English Garden (2007) and Homes and Antiques (2008).  

The garden has undergone a period of sensitive restoration since Carolyn’s death in late 2019.  It continues to evolve, featuring colourful and imaginative planting.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Garden and Woods£12.00 per ticket
Garden and Woods£6.00 per ticket
Garden only£7.00 per ticket
Garden only£3.50 per ticket

Group tickets on application



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Parking
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • American Express
  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • MasterCard
  • Min group size - 12
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates
  • Visa

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location


Map & Directions

Road Directions

 What3words: ///highlighted.soups.officers takes you to the front entrance of Bates green Farm.  Sat nav BN26 6SH

Public Transport Directions

 3 miles (5Km) from nearest bus stops at Hailsham or Wilmington and train stations at Polegate or Berwick


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Silver Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Silver 2024

Opening Times

Season (22 Feb 2024 - 25 Oct 2024)
Wednesday10:00 - 16:00

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