Boasts the largest municipal rock garden in the UK
The Rockery, landscaped by Captain B Maclaren in 1935, is the largest municipal rock garden in the UK. Before 1935, it was an area of woodland which was purchased by Brighton Corporation, along with Preston Park, from the Bennett-Stanford family in September 1883.
Based on the Chinese Willow Pattern
It is said that the inspiration for the Rockery came from the Chinese story of the Willow Pattern. 1350 tons of Cheddar stone were brought from Somerset to create it. Its stepping stones, twisting paths, steps and a bridge were designed to integrate with foreign plants and pond life.
In need of renovation
Unfortunately, the Rockery in 1994 is in a poor state; the pond leaks and is quite empty. It is currently used as a skateboard ramp which has caused further damage to the border plants. The Rockery will be repaired by 1995 – hopefully!