A sandy beach and clear blue sea waters are not all that Weymouth's seafront has to boast about. The award winning Greenhill Gardens with its brightly coloured borders, winding paths and its floral clock are a true delight to discover.
Situated at the edge of the town centre, sloping up from the beach and promenade, the gardens provide some of the best views across Weymouth Bay and can be enjoyed for a multitude of reasons be it to sit back and relax, to have fun on the putting green or to get active on the tennis courts.
Award winning gardens
Greenhill Gardens has been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country by being awarded Green Flag status based on how safe, clean, accessible, well managed and welcoming they are. The Green Flag Award scheme is the national standard for parks and green spaces across England and Wales. The award recognises the value of green spaces in communities and is held by the best parks and gardens in the UK.
To find out more about the award, please go to the Green Flag website
The Greenhill Beach Cafe is an indoor cafe with spectacular views across Weymouth Bay which lies at the far end of the gardens. Offering fine blends of great coffee, light meals and fresh pastries you can chose the comfort of their many indoor tables or, during the summer months, there is outdoor seating so customers can soak up the sun.
The Seascape cafe at the entrance to the gardens has a terrace where tables and chairs are set out during the summer for customers. A new wooden gazebo is due to be erected in the near future.
18-Hole putting green and tennis courts
An 18-hole putting green and 4 tennis courts are summer time attractions used by residents and visitors to the town. A putting and tennis attendant service is operated from June through to October. Tennis courts are open to the public free of charge in the winter.
A bowling green and pavilion is run by Greenhill Bowling Club and is situated at the rear of the tennis courts. For more details, please contact: 01305 784268.
The public toilets are adjacent to the bowling green pavilion and are open all year round. For security purposes, the toilets are closed at night.
Lower and upper entrances near the cafe or town end of the gardens are wheelchair accessible. Some paths in the gardens are steep or uneven.
Bennett's Shelter was a benevolent donation made by Mayor V H Bennett and was constructed after 1919. The original shelter had lower wooden sections that have since been replaced by Portland stone walling. The upper timber structure and tiled roof are essentially in its original form and it continues to provide shelter to today's visitors.
The Schneider Trophy weathervane
The Schneider Trophy weathervane is a memorial to a former Weymouth College student, Lieutenant George Stainforth, who set a world record air speed in a Schneider Supermarine S6B seaplane in 1931. The weathervane has been in the gardens since May 1952 and was restored in 1999 by a local marine engineer.
In 1936 one of the most popular features of the gardens, the floral clock with its cuckoo type chime, was built by Ritchie & Sons of Edinburgh. It has an adjacent clock house, which holds the original mechanism that keeps the clock ticking.
In the late 1980's a 'wishing well', donated by Melcombe Regis Rotary Club, was introduced into the lower gardens; to this day any monies thrown into the well are collected and presented to a local charity.
Floral bedding design
Each year a large crescent shaped bed is given over to a charity or organisation who is celebrating a significant anniversary. Our gardeners painstakingly plant out thousands of tiny bedding plants and where necessary, use coloured gravel to replicate the selected organisation's logo.
To recognise the good work of the Friends of Greenhill Gardens (FOGG), this year's carpet bedding display has been dedicated to the group for the efforts they've undertaken to help improve the gardens over the past four years.
For information on how to get your charitable organisation considered for the floral bedding design, please contact the Greenspace and Bereavement Manager.