The Garden is in Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead, South Croydon, CR2 ONY (next to St Mary’s Church which is on the corner of Beech Avenue).
The Wettern Tree Garden covers an area of 2¾ acres and comprises the Tree Garden which is the only planted tree collection of rare and unusual shrubs in the whole of the Borough of Croydon and the Rose Garden with adjacent terraced lawns and borders of herbaceous plants. See A guide to the trees for information on the specimen trees.
The Tree Garden was laid out in the 1920’s by Eric Wettern while the Rose Garden was created by his brother, Herbert. See History of the Garden and The beginnings for more information on the early days of the Garden.
The Gardens are peaceful, full of interest and perfect for a stroll or picnic.
In 1965 Eric Wettern gave the Garden then known as “Roselands” to the London Borough of Croydon “to be kept as an open space for the recreation and enjoyment of the public at large.” The Garden is permanently open.
Entrances to the Garden
The main entrance is in Purley Oaks Road.
A second entrance, at the top of the Garden, is from Purley Beeches. Purley Beeches is a woodland area covering 17 acres with its main entrance in Beech Avenue. It is also permanently open to the public.
A third way of approaching the Garden is from Purley Downs Road between Tindale Close and Maywater Close and down through Purley Beeches to the top of the Garden.
By train: Purley Oaks and Sanderstead Railway Stations are nearby
By bus: Bus Route 403 (Beechwood Avenue stop in Sanderstead Road) OR Bus Route 359 (Maywater Close stop in Purley Downs Road).
By car: Parking in Purley Oaks Road and adjacent roads
The Rose Garden and some of the paths via the main entrance are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.