The garden of Whitstable Castle is the town's only park of any size. Back in 2010/11 it underwent a massive revamp thanks, in part, to a substantial grant from the Lottery fund. The gardens have now started to mature and we thought it was worth showing ex-pat Natives and visitors how it is shaping up in the late spring sunshine of June 2013. We hope you enjoy the photos.
The Castle shown from the lower west terrace garden
The familiar Gatehouse remians unchanged..
The Castle Gatehouse at the foot of Tower Hill
.... and the "Gatehouse Walk" (the path leading up the slope from the gatehouse to the Castle builidng) also has a familiar look.
Gatehouse Walk leading from the gatehouse to the main Castle building
At the moment, this path is the one big disappointment in the revamped grounds as it still looks like a work in progress..... but, having scaled the incline, there is much to impress the visitor.
The Lower West Terrace Lawn
At the top of the path, the view northward is stunning. The photo below shows the tiered western lawns in their redesigned form....
The tiered western terrace of the Castle Grounds as viewed from Gatehouse Walk
The gently sloping lower lawn is now a green swathe punctuated by many maturing flower beds. The photo below shows this from the Tower Hill side of the gardens...
The gentle slope of the Lower Terrace lawn (looking south from the Tower Hill roadway)
From here, there are peaceful views of the bowling green below. However, there is perhaps a more "open" appearance than in bygone days....
The view south from the lower west terrace lawn with the bowling green in the background
Many people objected to the removal of trees and shrubs during the revamp but there is still plenty of shade and new trees have been added...
The lower west terrace lawn and bowling green
Centrepiece of The Western Lawns
A metal pergola has been added as a centrepiece on the lower western lawn....
The pergola on the west lawn with Whitstable Bowls Club in the background
The lower west lawn and pergola
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