Tucked away on Burnham-on-Sea's Victorian Esplanade, next to St Andrew's Church, are the Green Flag award-winning Marine Cove gardens. These formally laid out Gardens are a place of tranquillity and relaxation.
Hidden behind high stonewalls away from the sea winds next to the base of the leaning tower of St Andrews Church; this area is perfect for picnics and watching the world go by. The central feature of the garden is an Art Deco style fishpond.
Sedgemoor District Council was successful in being awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore Marine Cove Gardens, which reopened in December 2011.
In 2012 Marine Cove Gardens was first awarded a Green Flag, and have continued to do so each year since.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - Britain in Bloom South West
In 2017, the RHS and South West in Bloom awarded Marine Cove Gardens with a Level 3 award, which the Friends were very pleased to receive. The work continues and new volunteers are always welcome.
There are ample access points to the site direct from the Esplanade, access to the site by car or bus is straightforward. There are way markers near to the zebra crossing on the Esplanade (approximately 100m away) and on Victoria Street pointing people through the churchyard to the gardens.
For directions to Marine Cove Gardens, please use the postcode TA8 1DX or for further information, contact the Council using the details below.
The Marine Cove site was originally part of the Old Vicarage estate until its sale in 1922 to a private company, Burnham on Sea Attractions Ltd for £650.00. The company wished to prevent housing development at the site and hoped to sell it to the Council; the Council declined the offer on the table. Subsequently at a Council meeting in 1925 the land (then known as Marine Lawn) was gifted to the "The Urban District Council", this gift was formalised in 1926 and the Marine Cove Gardens was designed, as you would see them today, a beautiful, Historic Edwardian Garden. The Gardens were formally opened in 1927 by J B Braithwaite (Quaker and Stockbroker1855-1934).
We hope the use of the park will continue to grow, with varied and diverse groups coming forward to use the park. For more details please contact the Health and Wellbeing Team at Sedgemoor District Council via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 303 7800.