New free bus service for visitors to Sheffield Park and Garden during rhododendron season


The National Trust’s Sheffield Park and Garden in East Sussex is famed for its spectacular displays of rhododendrons in spring, with tunnels of bright, uplifting flowers.

And now visitors can use sustainable transport to visit, as part of a free bus trail, every Tuesday in May 2022, in an initiative supported by East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership.

The conservation charity aims to make the Grade II listed garden more accessible to visitors and volunteers in the local community. All seats on the service are fully wheelchair accessible. It leaves Uckfield Bus Station on Tuesday mornings, returning after lunch, with journey times coinciding with mainline London train services from Uckfield rail station, just a five 5 minute walk away.

May is an exciting time for Sheffield Park and Gardens as it comes alive with thousands of brightly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, one of the best times to visit the park.

Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden’s portfolio holder for climate change said, “This is an opportunity for residents to visit these world-famous gardens by public transport. This is a pilot service, but we hope it will continue with enough community support.

“The idea is to link this service with rail journeys to and from London Bridge so that people can visit Sussex, Surrey and London car-free.”

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