The Heydon Trust manages a stunning private park and gardens in the Parish of Sandy’s in Bermuda – also home to the Island’s smallest church.
One of the largest parks in Bermuda, its 44 acres of phenomenally lush and well-kept gardens are a pleasure to enjoy and, although being of great size, is a hidden gem for tourists. The park also hosts 10 fairly small historical buildings and is home to Bermuda’s smallest chapel, the charmingly tiny Heydon Chapel, built around 1620.
Today, the parks and its contents including the preservation and management of the buildings are overseen by the Heydon Trust. The Trust is named after Jeremy Heydon, a very wealthy man and part of Bermuda’s government in the early sixteen hundreds.
The park has an abundance of flower gardens including especially wonderful rose gardens, citrus groves and a bird sanctuary. The trust employs only one paid, professional gardener, to maintain the park although scores of Bermudians help to maintain the park and gardens drawing particular pleasure from its serenity.
There are many great walks throughout the park with benches dotted around in well-positioned viewing points, so visitors and rest their legs and enjoy the scenery and ambiance.
One path through the gardens leads visitors to the Heydon Chapel, the uplifting, petite stonework building that is Bermuda’s smallest place of worship. It sits on a well-maintained hillock with calming views over Heydon’s Bay towards the ocean.
The church was donated by the Church of England and is still a very active place of worship, with nuns from the Community of Jesus undertaking a morning chant service known as Lauds from Monday through to Saturday. See below for daily service times. Lauds is a Latin term meaning praise and gratitude and derives from Gregorian (Pope Gregory the Great) times – around 1400 years ago.
The Sisters also help maintain gardens in the park and plant flowers and vegetables around Heydon. This is on top of the maintenance of clergy robes and other work necessary for church services to continue as well as preservation of the church itself. They also visit senior citizens in homes around Bermuda.
Morning Prayer, Daily, 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Holy Communion, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday at 3 p.m.
Heydon Trust Bermuda
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The Heydon Trust in Bermuda – Part of Elbow Beach Cycles’ Things To Do in Bermuda series!