Bates Green Garden



Bates Green Garden was designed and planted by the late Carolyn McCutchan over a period of many years from 1968.  This 1.5-acre garden surrounds the farmhouse, which was originally a gamekeepers cottage built circa 1814.  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. 

Carolyn was an acclaimed Plantswoman and her garden was featured in publications such as The English Garden, 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 undergoing a period of restoration headed up by Emma Reece with the help of a team whenever the COVID pandemic permits.  

I was most fortunate to be a student of Carolyn’s in 2002 when I decided on a career change and joined the WRAGS scheme.  Working as a student gardener at Bates Green was an excellent training for me as Carolyn was both knowledgeable and meticulous.  I then went on to have a fulfilling career mainly in the heritage sector of the horticultural industry.



In 2021 we opened the garden once again  to visitors for the first time in 6 years.  Tickets can be  booked online for visits every Wednesday between February and October. You also have the opportunity to add a visit to Beatons Wood (springtime home of the famous Bluebell Walk) when you book. During the Bluebell Walk the garden is open daily.

You can find more details and a link to the booking portal on the Book your visit page .






Bates Green Farm


Polegate, East Sussex

BN26 6SH


+44 (0)7818 888440

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