The Bohemia Walled Garden Association was formed in 2009 in order to bring the Victorian Walled Garden in Summerfields back into active use for horticulture and associated educational and cultural activities.

The Management Committee submits its annual report and financial statement for the Bohemia Walled Garden Association (BWGA) for each year ending 31st December.

The garden is owned by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and is located within the Summerfields Woods Local Nature Reserve (LNR).


Charity Status was awarded in May 2016. Charity No. 1167167

Click here to view our entry on the Charity Commission Website


Our  Charity Objectives are:

(1) To promote for the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment;

(2) To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment; and

(3) The provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation in the interests of social welfare for the public at large with the object of improving their conditions of life.

Structure, Governance and Management

The members of the Management Committee are responsible for ensuring that the BWGA has an appropriate system of financial controls. They are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose, with reasonable accuracy at any time, the financial position of the Association, for safeguarding the assets of the Association and for taking reasonable steps to detect and prevent any financial irregularities.


The Management Committee consists of 4 Trustees:


Nigel Sinden (Chair)     
Susan Jirbandey
Justine Munro     
Daniela Othieno         

They endeavor to ensure that all requirements in the lease from HBC are met.

The Committee is also responsible for the health and safety of plot­holders, members and volunteers working in the garden as well as visitors to the garden and ensuring that the Association complies with relevant statutory legislation.

The Committee is responsible for developing projects and events for the benefit of the members and the wider community in line with the business plan (See reference documents page)

Plot­holders, members and interested volunteers are kept informed of activities and events through the website, emails and other social media.


Opening Times


During the growing season of March to November the garden is usually open on Wednesdays and Sundays between 10am to 12pm.  Outside of these months and particularly if weather is bad (like snow or rain), the garden may be closed.




The garden does have a waterless toilet which is disabled accessible. Click here for details.




Well behaved dogs are welcome in the garden, but they must be kept on a lead at all times.