The 10 acres of gardens which
lead down to the harbours edge were landscaped by Chris Parker back in 1976.
Originally planted for year round
interest with a large number of camelias and magnolias these provide spectacular
winter blooms. A large number of ponds provide a haven for the bird life but
also contain water lillies and fountains. There are several themed areas
including the conifer gardens, silver gardens, azalea, and a rose garden.
There is no shortage of mature trees including oak and elm, gums and
conifer, birch and maple and of course the lovely golden willows. Winter
2006 and 2008 saw new plantings of Red Maple, Liquid Amber, Black Alder, River
Birch, Pond Cypress, Pin Oak and Red Wood. Harbour access can be found at
the end of the gardens with an area of salt marsh. The wetlands are home to
a number of different bird life including a colony of shags and a small
number royal spoonbill.