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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Chelmsford, Essex

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Hyde Hall is a part of a 360 acre estate. The cultivated area of the garden is in excess of 24 acres and demonstrates what can be done in harsh hill top conditions.  It was the inspiration of Dr and Mrs Robinson when the bought it in 1955, where there were only 6 trees and open barren land. They cleared the site and bought 60 trees from the local market and these trees now form the Woodland Garden. It was donated to the RHS in 1993.

Its location is on a hilltop in the heart of  Essex surrounded by arable farmland. It can become extremely windswept and is exposed to harsh conditions throughout the year. Its in an area of  very low rainfall, and this factor combined with the soil conditions makes it a challenging area to garden in. A visit will show that by choosing the right plants for the right places and by working with the prevailing conditions, it is possible to create a garden of beauty.

They create their own green waste compost from garden waste and the nursery has been peat free since 2001. Very few chemicals are used in the garden and combining all of this with our sympathetic gardening towards wildlife makes Hyde Hall a flagship for sustainable horticultural practices.

The wilder peripheries of the estate have a woodland, meadows, reservoir and a garden for wildlife. Its Mediterranean style Dry Gardens showcases over 400 species of plants.

Highlights include:

  • The Gardens taking in all aspects of the environment

The Dry Garden

The Hilltop Garden

The Robinson Garden

The Garden for Wildlife

The Queen Mothers Garden

The Australian and New Zealand Garden

Vegetable Plots

  • North Meadow
  • Clover Hill
  • Millennium Avenue
  • The Hyde Hall Estate
  • Wild Wood
  • Reservoir
  • Weather Station

Hyde Hall Pond   Glyn Baker


Library Garden 
Glyn Baker See Larger Image

A View of Top Pond    Glyn Baker

Bridge  Andrew Pickess See Larger Image

Hyde Hall Restaurant
  terry joyce  See Larger Image

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex

Ceremonial County: Essex

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex

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Getting there:

20 minutes from centre of Chelmsford. On A130 follow signs to Rettendon. Turn by The Bell pub into East Hanningfield Road, then right into Buckhatch Lane.




Free parking on site.


Plant centre, restaurant, gift shop, garden library, information centre. Picnic area.

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Flora, water residents, woodland, garden wildlife, buildings and structures.

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall
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01245 400256

Opening times:

Daily All year except Christmas day.

March - October 10am to 6pm

Nov-Feb 10am-4pm


RHS Members + 1 family guest FREE.

Adults 7; Children (6-16) 2.50; Under 6 FREE

One carer companion admitted free per wheelchair user, visually impaired visitor or other person whose disability requires a carer.

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Special Needs Access: All buildings accessible to wheelchairs. All gardens accessible, however it is a hilltop garden with sloping areas.
Special Needs Facilities: Designated car parking spaces 50m from garden entrance. Manual wheelchairs available. Adapted toilets within the courtyard. The garden is designed to be a sensory experience.
Children Facilities: Free children's trails. Baby changing facilities
Dogs Allowed: No dogs in garden, car park or grounds except registered assistance dogs

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