DESPITE an ominous weather forecast, Petworth’s secret gardens were in full bloom at the weekend.
Dozens of visitors wandered the walled streets of the town and discovered cottage gardens, courtyards and mature walled gardens, while raising money to support the work of the British Red Cross.
Lucy Holmes, senior fundraiser for Sussex, said: “Petworth is home to some absolutely beautiful gardens, both public and private.
“We have managed to raise about £2000 from the weekend, which is fantastic considering the weather forecast. We are really pleased with the result.
“We even gave out a couple of awards for services to the Red Cross.
“Miss Betty Wade, who lives in Petworth was awarded a prize for 80 years service to the Red Cross – not man people have those as you can imagine!
“Mrs Lynne Whittaker was also awarded with 50 years of service, so very moving knowing how much they had achieved for our society.”
There were 21 properties in the town which opened their gates to the public, displaying fountains, colourful borders and well-tendered vegetable patches.
Creams teas in the Red Cross Centre proved very popular.
Last year the well-attended open gardens event raised over £2,400.
Funds raised this year will help the Red Cross to bring support to people facing crisis in the local community level as well as around the world.