Gardens across Hastings and Rother will be opening to the public over the weekend of June 6 and 7 as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
Among them are the eleven ‘Secret’ gardens of Winchelsea and five gardens at Bexhill.
Gardens which open for the Scheme come in all shapes and sizes, from small urban plots to romantic cottage gardens to the grounds of grand country estates.
Visitors to NGS gardens will also have the great satisfaction of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes. The National Gardens Scheme currently donates around £2.5 million every year to its nursing and caring beneficiary charities, meaning that it is one of the most significant charitable funders of this sector in the UK. £150K came from Sussex alone in 2014.
TV presenter, gardener and NGS President Joe Swift says:
“One of the great things about the National Gardens Scheme is the sheer diversity of its gardens. Big or small, formal or informal, modern or traditional – there’s a garden to suit absolutely all tastes.
“ So whether you’re a seasoned garden visitor or a first time supporter, I urge you to stop by a couple of gardens over the Festival Weekend and join in the celebration of the great variety of gardens.”
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme, says:
“Looking round an interesting garden has to be one of the most enjoyable ways of raising money for charity, and every year thousands of people do just that. Last year’s Festival Weekend raised around a quarter of a million pounds for our beneficiary charities, and we are very much hoping to raise even more this year.
“There are lots of wonderful Festival gardens which positively welcome families with children, and which don’t charge for young people under 16 years of age.
“The benefits of NGS gardens for children are many: exciting spaces to explore, fresh air to enjoy, and the opportunity to learn about nature first-hand – helping to cover areas of the Key Stage 2 Science curriculum.
“So if you need if you need a suggestion for a weekend activity that is fun, inexpensive, healthy and even educational, why not visit an NGS Festival garden?”
Check out the individual garden details by visiting the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk or download the free NGS ‘GardenFinder’ app.
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