The Nursery, just beyond the Stable Block, houses tender plants and extends the planting season with propagation of bedding plants and vegetable seedlings. This is also an area where perennials which have been lifted and divided are heeled in for stock and sale.
Close to the Walled Garden is the newest area in the pleasure gardens, the ‘Russian Steppes’, so called for the stepped slopes down to a sunburst pond, forming a large natural amphitheatre with extensive views to the sea.
Walled Garden restoration began in 2006 with the repair of collapsing walls. In the following two years the designer for the project, Suzanne Watson, oversaw the installation of raised beds, a new glass house and a 40,000-litre subterranean rainwater collection tank. There are multiple rainwater collection tanks around the grounds topped up by natural spring water stored in several ponds on the estate. The Walled Garden amphitheatre has been used for concerts and most recently a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by students from the Hastings Academy. The garden won a Sussex Heritage Trust renovation award in 2009. There are six part-time gardeners and one full-time gardener.