Fairlight Hall Gardens opening more than ever this year

Fairlight Hall Gardens near Hastings is to open more dates than ever this year and with new areas to see to celebrate the easing of lockdown.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:05 am
Fairlight Hall head gardener John Myers
Fairlight Hall head gardener John Myers

It will be opening on May 28 and 29, June 25 and 26, August 27 and 28 and September 24 and 25.

Tickets (£10, children under 12 free) are available from http://fairlighthall.co.uk/calendar/

Spokeswoman Dominika Hicks said: “This year between May and September Fairlight Hall Gardens will be celebrating the easing of lockdown with more garden open dates than ever, with a total of eight dates available to book online via Eventbrite.com.

“Traditionally the garden has opened between one and three days per year with each garden opening being held in support of a good cause with this year’s cause being Conquest 21 who are regenerating and restoring all 21 of the Conquest Hospital in Hastings courtyard gardens.

“During 2020 the garden has remained closed to the public. However the time was used wisely to make improvements to the garden and new additions such as the arboretum with its a newly planted Dawn Redwood Avenue and the Tropical border have been extended.

“You’ll be able to see the new eco-friendly wooden log sweep designed to be a home to home for nature and gain interest as it ages. Seasonal favourites such as the Peony Border will be in flower from the end of May and the beautiful cutting garden will be full of flower from June.

“Each open day will be covid safe with social distancing measures in place, tickets must be booked in advance of attendance online via Eventbrite.com, with a limited number of tickets available for each date, refreshments will be available via an add on when purchasing tickets only and card purchases only will be excepted for plant and produce sales.

“Fairlight Hall gardens sit overlooking the English Channel with views of the white cliffs of Dover to the east and over to the French coast to the south, in verdant gardens full of beautiful and interesting plants, with a number of trees and shrubs which are original planting to the house. The gardens are made up of many wonderfully diverse areas rich in colour, texture and has an adventurous use of plants, trees and shrubs, much of the garden has been improve since the early 2000’s whilst much of the gardens original layout remains. Today the garden is maintained by RBG Kew trained head gardener John Myers who leads and curates the gardens.”