Facilities at Flatford Wildlife Garden

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

There is an information centre.

Car park
  • 6 Blue Badge spaces

The car parks available for the wildlife garden are not operated by the RSPB.

If you are parking at Flatford, parking charges can be found on the National Trust website, or if you are parking at Dedham and walking to the garden parking charges can be found on the Colchester borough council website.



In National Trust Constable Exhibition Centre, just across the lane from main garden entrance.

Accessible toilets

In National Trust Constable Exhibition Centre, just across the lane from main garden entrance.


Nearest refreshments within 100m of main entrance at National Trust tea-room. Opening hours on National Trust website.

  • There is a National Trust shop nearby.
  • Food shopping is available in East Bergholt.
  • Plants, woven willow products and greeting cards produced by our volunteers are available for very reasonable prices.
  • Additionally, new for 2018, is a small RSPB 'pop-up' shop which includes bird food products and feeders.  Please note we cannot accept cards at this time, cash or cheques are required.
Baby changing
Picnic area
  • Several benches in garden - visitors are welcome to use for picnics.
  • Two picnic benches on a level area near RSPB visitor centre. Visitors welcome to bring their own refreshments into the garden.
Pushchair friendly
Viewing point
  • The garden is quite small so no specific viewing facilities provided.
  • TV screen in visitor centre shows bird feeder/birds or nest boxes (during nesting season).
Nature trails
  • The garden is one third of a hectare, so there are no long walks.
  • Around Flatford are sometimes available from the National Trust - see their website.
Educational facilities
  • Visitor centre with children's activities during school holidays. Small school and other children's groups are welcome, but advance notification would be appreciated please.
  • Good stock of equipment available for educational purposes, including small library.
Play area

Family trail based around RSPB Giving Nature a Home messages.