Boleyn Gardens

Boleyn Gardens is a calm and peaceful area with a beautiful display of flowers and plants.  Located just off White Hart Lane with pedestrian entrances in Beaulieu Boulevard and Shardlow Avenue, the Gardens were named after Anne Boleyn who is thought to have stayed at nearby New Hall.  Her husband Henry VIII is also thought to have visited.

With many features, including five large, carved oak chess piece sculptures, this is a lovely place to visit. There is also a Yew hedge maze which will be a great adventure for both children and adults.  The maze is planted on a snail mound with a raised centre as original Tudor mazes would have been.

There are two ponds in the gardens with plenty of reeds and plants to help protect wildlife including moorhens and dragonflies. Wildflower meadows planted by local school children contain Oxeye daisies, teasels, wild carrot and a variety of grasses, a haven for butterflies and bees. These also make a good hiding place for small mammals such as mice, voles and shrews.

The area forms part of an extensive footpath and cycle track network that links Beaulieu Park and Boleyn Gardens into many other green spaces, new local parks and play areas on the new Greater Beaulieu development.

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Closing times
Jan 5.30pm Feb 6pm Mar 6pm
Apr 8pm May 9pm Jun 10pm
Jul 10pm Aug 9pm Sep 8pm
Oct 7pm Nov 5.30pm Dec 5.30pm

Note: unlocking facilities are not available out of hours.


No parking available


To find bus routes visit First Essex


Good walking & cycle access
(note: no cycling within the park)



Neighbourhood Play Area
Kickabout Area
Ornamental Gardens
Public Art
Outdoor Gym

Useful Information

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Nearby green spaces