Facing south from Brighthelm, our garden is one of the few accessible green spaces right in the middle of the city, providing a welcome contrast to the busy streets all around. It has a low key character in keeping with its historic use as a place of rest and quiet contemplation, and visitors from across Brighthelm are welcome to use it.
The Brighthelm Trustees are committed to an ongoing programme of improvement in the garden: we had a small ceremony to symbolise our new hopes for the garden back in October 2011, when we planted a hazel tree with the little ones from the Pre-School. Nowadays, the garden is home to a wide range of flowers, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and trees, including fruit trees, such as apples and pears.
When we last counted we had 38 recorded tree specimens in the garden, including Sycamore, Ginkgo Biloba, Wych Elm, Bird Cherry, Common Lime, Ash, Turkey Oak, Field Maple, Yew, Silver Birch, Elder, Wild Cherry and Rowan. The Wych Elms are particularly important on the site as they are quite old and form part of the National Elm Collection. This range makes the garden a great local ecosystem, home to a wide range of local wildlife, including squirrels, bees, blackbirds and the occasional fox!
Information about the gravestones, compiled by the Brighton Mortiquarian is kept in a folder at Reception and is available to borrow. The garden is bounded by Grade II listed cast iron railings on the Queens Road side and a Victorian wall on the Church Street side.