Sovereign Park Eastbourne

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PHONE: +44 (0)1323 415464

Sovereign Park Eastbourne
1 Grove Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1323 415464
Rating: Arthur Price Trophy (winner)
Prices: FREE
Info: Received the Arthur Price Trophy for Special Environmental Iniative. Open summer & winter.

About Sovereign Park in Eastbourne
The best time to visit the park in Eastbourne is in May and June as the land becomes very parched in midsummer. The special flora and fauna associated with the rare shingle habitat is a must see.  Please view the site from the paths and boardwalk to help preserve the plants and flowers.  The adjacent promenade has panoramic views across Eastbourne Bay from Beachy Head to Hastings.

Prices and Opening Times
Free to all and open at all times

History of Sovereign Park Eastbourne
Prior to 1600, the landscape of Sovereign Park Eastbourne consisted partly of fossil storm beaches formed by strong wave action which caused the shingle to be driven onshore and large ridges were formed that can still be seen today.

As conditions changed due to coastal erosion, wooden groynes were constructed during the 1800’s which helped to slow down the loss of beach material.

With the dry exposed conditions created by the wave actions various plants and wildlife adapted to this environment and became tolerant to the extreme exposure to the wind, salt, heat and unstable ground and the shingle heath land evolved. Sovereign Park in Eastbourne is now home to almost 130 different species of wildflowers such as Viper’s Bugloss, Curled Dock, Red Valerian, Wild Carrot, Sea Campion, Sea Kale, Sea Holly, Sea Pea and Yellow Horn Poppies to name a few. Living along side these plants are several kinds on animals including moths and spiders that are not found in many other places.

With development going on nearby in 1998 the council decided to preserve a small area of this unusual habitat as an informal nature reserve which has since been officially recognised as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance and it has won an environmental award. The designers of Sovereign Park were awarded for their innovation by the Tidy Britain Group judges when they won the Arthur Price Trophy for Special Environmental Initiative in the 1998 South East in Bloom awards.

Facilities
•    Café (seasonal at east end of area)
•    Picnic tables (at west end nearest Sovereign Leisure Centre)
•    Toilets (including disabled toilets, at east end of area)
•    Information boards
•    Wheelchair access along paths around the perimeter

Location
Sovereign Park in Eastbourne is adjacent to the seafront between the Sovereign Leisure Centre and Langney Point two and a half kilometres north-east of the pier.  

The park is on the seafront Dotto Train route during the season.

There is roadside free parking or a pay and display car park at the Sovereign Leisure Centre.

Sovereign Park has several nearby bus routes and is situated two and a half miles from Eastbourne railway station.

The National Cycle Network route 21 runs near the park with a cycle path on the adjacent promenade.