We’re blessed in Tendring to have some amazing beaches but equally we have some beautiful parks and gardens, many lining the promenades giving you the best of both worlds.
Many of our clients enjoy a breath of fresh air and a good old natter with their Care Professionals in the pretty gardens dotted around Frinton, Clacton and beyond. If you’re looking for a nice garden to take a stroll around and sit awhile or maybe get some ideas for your own garden, here are a few local spots that you might like. Some are a little further afield than others but we think they are worth the trip out.
Clacton Seafront isn’t just known for its pier and sandy beaches, there are also a series of beautiful, interlinked public gardens, located above the beach, along the promenade.
Located in the centre of Clacton, on the south-west side of the pier the gardens are a favourite place to sit, rest and take in the views out to sea. There’s pedestrian access to all, and each has a theme from the Sunken Rose Garden and The Memorial Garden to the Mediterranean Garden and the Sensory Garden. There are plenty of benches and seats and you can find parking all along the seafront. If you fancy a coffee, tea or some light refreshments you are spoilt for choice with many cafes, kiosks, pubs and restaurants along the promenade or just over the road into Clacton town centre. To enjoy the gardens head along Marine Parade West, towards the Pier.
The Green Flag award winning Crescent Gardens in Frinton-on-Sea are worth a look. Many of our Care Professionals can be found with their clients enjoying the secluded, tranquil gardens that provide the perfect backdrop to the Esplanade.
Set in a triangle, Crescent Gardens consists of ornamental grasses, paths, shrub beds, hedges and colourful annual beds. There’s a sense of privacy created by the mature planting around the perimeter. The beds are planted up twice a year with around 10,000 seasonal bedding plants and over the years have won many awards in the Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions. There are benches dotted around the gardens for you to sit and rest a while and the easy access makes it perfect for older visitors or those in a wheelchair. You can find the gardens off of the Esplanade, along the seafront, where you will also find plenty of parking.
No visit to the Tendring area would be complete for any garden enthusiast without a trip to Beth Chatto Gardens, just outside of Clacton in Elmstead Market.
An award-winning plants-woman, author and lecturer, Beth Chatto OBE began her work on the gardens in the 60’s when it was an overgrown wasteland of brambles and boggy ditches. Now it features a series of stunning, informal gardens including a Gravel Garden, Woodland Garden and Water Garden. There’s a tearoom, shop, nursery, events, workshops and educational talks to enjoy also.
Beth Chatto Gardens has full wheelchair and pushchair access to the gardens, nursery and visitor areas along with disabled parking and toilets. For the visually impaired or those whose disability requires a carer, one companion can be admitted free. You can find Beth Chatto Gardens by driving out of Clacton on the A133 and heading towards Elmstead Market.