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image for Gardening Event item typeNational Garden Scheme Open Garden

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Open Garden, Sun 30 Sep 2018, £7.95

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Beth Chatto garden open for The National Garden Scheme

Details

The Beth Chatto Gardens are an example of turning unfavourable conditions into a positive advantage, using plants adapted by nature to their environment. Andrew Chatto's life-long study into the homes of garden plants has been the inspiration for their style of gardening. He researched not only the country of origin, but also the environment including soil and climate. Ecological communities are governed by prevailing conditions, giving rise to variation such as dry or damp grasslands, woodlands, mountain plants or bog plants. From these communities come many of our garden plants.Originally the site of the Chatto Gardens consisted of problem areas, providing difficult conditions for conventional garden design. The soil ranged from coarse gravel on the upper slopes to clay in a long wet hollow fed by springs. The average annual rainfall is 20 inches. Over the past 50 years seven acres have been transformed into diverse and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 30 Sep 2018 09:00 to 17:00
9-5pm

Prices

Admission £7.95, children free

Address

Elmstead Market,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO7 7DB

Directions

See location of Beth Chatto Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 067241  Lat: 51.87788 Long: 1.00228

By Road:
The Gardens are situated 6 miles east of Colchester and a quarter mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children