Midhurst and Petworth Parish Round-Up

WOOLBEDING Garden, a 20th-century garden in an 18th-century landscape, is again open to the public.

Last year saw the garden opened to the public for the first time and 10,000 visitors enjoyed the spectacle.

Visits are limited to Thursdays and Fridays only.

All visitors need to pre-book by ringing 01730 716304.

This year the National Trust is running a shuttle service from The Grange car park, in Midhurst, throughout the day and visitors are welcome to get on any bus, and take as long as they wish to go around the gardens.

A spokesman for the trust said: “To help us prevent any damage to the surrounding area we would like to remind our visitors there is no parking in the village or at the property so please use the shuttle service.

“This will also allow our visitors the chance to explore the town of Midhurst as well.”

Petworth

Organisers of the Pink Ribbonwalk, which sets off from Petworth House, Breast Cancer Care, are urging walkers to pull on their walking boots and join a ten or 20-mile fundraiser on Saturday, May 26.

The West Sussex Pink Ribbonwalk event starts and finishes at Petworth House.

Walkers are encouraged to bring family, friends and colleagues, and together enjoy a village fete-style celebration after crossing the finish line, including a well-earned medal, barbecue, massage and entertainment.

It costs £30 to register to take part but walkers have to raise a minimum of £175 worth of sponsorship.

Kirdford

Sea and Sand is the title of an exhibition on the Art Wall at Kirdford community shop, which will be on show until April 23.

It features the work of Eunice Etheridge and Beth Stobbs, textile artist and a painter respectively who have joined forces to portray the two elements, sea and sand.

Petworth and Woolbeding

Bluebell lovers are being urged to get out quickly if they want to enjoy the seasonal show at Petworth and Woolbeding wood.

Experts predict they will have a short season this year, due to the exceptionally dry start to 2012.

As a consequence of the third-warmest and the fifth-driest March on record, bluebells are likely to be out by tomorrow but they won’t be around for long.

Matthew Oates, a naturalist for the National Trust, said: “The warm and dry weather of the past few weeks has sped up the flowering process for bluebells, but the absence of rain means visitors will need to be quick to see them – it could be a short but sweet season for bluebells, and other classic spring plants like the primrose.”