Couple opens oasis to public

Lynda and Andy Hayler in their Japanese-inspired garden
Lynda and Andy Hayler in their Japanese-inspired garden

A GREEN-FINGERED couple will be opening up their Japanese-inspired garden to the public as part of a scheme to raise money for national charities.

Andy Hayler and wife Linda will be inviting people to enjoy their garden at 96 Ashford Road, on May 31 and June 7 as part of The National Garden Scheme’s (NGS) open garden programme.

The husband-and-wife team have been gardening together for more than a decade and their little oasis includes acers, azaleas, bamboos and more than 100 different hostas.

Linda said: “We have been working on this garden for 16 years, it’s our hobby together. It was just a lawn and concrete before. We’re always working on it, you just keep going, you never stop as there’s always something that needs to be done!”

Married for 17 years, Andy and Linda were inspired to create a Japanese-style garden by a statue, and the couple decided to open up their garden after meeting a representative from the NGS while they were visiting Firle Place year.

“My husband bought a Japanese statue of a man to go in the garden, and well, we had some generaimums already so we just thought we’d make it a bit more Japanese, and then a little more and little more, until it was a lot!” The garden will be open to the public on May 31 and June 7 from 2-5pm. Entrance costs £2.50 for adults and is free for children. For more information visit: