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Bates Green Garden

Bates Green Farm, Arlington Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6SH

Bates Green Garden was designed and planted by the late Carolyn McCutchan over a period of many years from 1968.

The tranquil 1.5-acre garden surrounds the farmhouse, which was originally a gamekeepers cottage built circa 1814. The 5.5-acre Wildflower Meadow with its mown paths and seating allows visitors to relax and observe the diversity of flora and fauna, and take in the views of the South Downs.
The soil is neutral pH heavy Weald clay.

This garden is most easily described as an English Garden planted in a naturalistic style. It sits comfortably within its rural surroundings and visitors can also explore the 24-acre ancient oak wood (outside bluebell season when the wood hosts the yearly Arlington Bluebell Walk).

Carolyn was an acclaimed Plantswoman and her garden has featured in publications such as The English Garden (March 2024), The Sunday Telegraph, Homes & Gardens, and Homes & Antiques to name but a few. Bates Green Garden attracted visitors from all around the globe and was annually opened for the NGS and various horticultural societies and groups.

Carolyn became unwell in 2012 and subsequently many parts of the garden became wild and neglected.

The garden is now cared for by a small team led by Emma Reece, who was for many years a student here, working with Carolyn. The team work together to maintain the plant collection and to increase different types of habitats within the garden. The Wildflower Meadow is an integral part of this aspiration, by adding to the diversity of plant and insect life. Visitors to the garden can also enjoy the ancient Beatons Wood, which is sensitively managed in order to retain its unique and delicate ecosystem.

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Opening Times

28 February - 23 October 2024


10.00 - 16.00

There is no need to book in advance and you may arrive any time from 10.00 on Wednesdays and stay as long as you like until closing time (usually 16.00).  

Note, while the Arlington Bluebell Walk is open, Bates Green Garden and the Wildflower Meadow are open every day.


Entry to the Garden, Wildflower Meadow, and Beatons Wood)



Child (3-16)


When the Arlington Bluebell Walk is open the following prices apply:



Child (3-16)


Garden and Wildflower Meadow only


Baby Changing


Car Parking

Disabled Access

Picnic Site


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