Sunken Gardens

Following a consultation in November and December 2021, work will take place to improve the Sunken Gardens in Bognor Regis. The first phase is expected to begin in March with tree work and the remaining elements a little later in the year. You can read more about the project on this page, which will be updated as the project progresses.

Latest news

10 March 2022

Phase 1: Tree works March 2022

  • routine maintenance of trees in poor condition
  • encourage the better quality trees to flourish
  • to manage existing trees, open up views and improve the sense of security
  • embrace opportunities to establish new planting for the future

Next phase: main works summer 2022


11 February 2022

Sunken Gardens public consultation results revealed

How the gardens will look

The below PDF shows a concept design for the Sunken Gardens:

Sunken Gardens Concept Plan [pdf] 2MB

If you cannot open the PDF, you can view the image by clicking the thumbnail below. The text in the image has been written out below it.

Sunken Gardens concept plan

Play area

1. Recessed entrance points with directional signage
2. 1m high railings with 2no. gates to replace existing wall
3. More accessible play equipment including roundabout, basket swing and in-ground trampoline
4. Existing play equipment retained
5. Existing play trail equipment re-located
6. Replacement toddler play equipment
7. Explorer area with boulders and tree stumps
8. Replacement benches
9. Areas of planting to break up hard surfacing
10. Striped safety surfacing based on beach theme
11. Tiled mosaics of coastal towns from original Pavilion Gardens

Sunken Gardens

12. Sand and re-paint railings
13. Replacement planting of poorer quality trees
14. Low-growing ornamental planting to centre with year-round interest. Potential for central sculpture feature in future
15. Low-growing clipped hedge to improve views through the Sunken Gardens
16. Replacement benches throughout
17. New access point

Sensory Gardens

18. Naturalised planting on mounded areas re-using soil excavated from southern entrance
19. Minor repairs to damaged wall
20. Small number of sensory play elements, accessible from main path

Southern Entrance

21. Allowance to remove sections of wall, improving visibility and sightlines
22. Remove small number of trees to open up views into the site from all sides
23. New southern entrance with ramped access and minor repairs to coping

Summary of public consultation results