THE popular annual Fittleworth Garden Trail once again attracted visitors from a wide area and this year raised £4,400 for the parish church of St Mary’s.
This year the trail welcomed three new gardens to complement the regular favourites.
Chairman of the committee Chris Leaver said: “The trail was a great success. The village filled with visitors over the two days. The gardeners had all been out in force and the gardens have never looked lovelier at this time of year.”
“We were delighted with the way the event went this year,” said committee member Mark Saunders, head gardener at Fittleworth House. “Numbers were slightly down on Sunday as it rained in the morning, but bank holiday Monday more than made up for it.
“I have been round the gardens talking to those who opened and many have said visitors were queueing up to get in and they have received some really lovely comments from members of the public.
“We would like to thank all those who helped, those who opened their gardens and all our visitors who turned out to support the event.”
Before the gardens opened on both days, more than 40 ploughman’s lunches were served by Fittleworth Playgroup behind the village hall.
Lydia Styles, committee member, said “We were pleased to see some new and familiar faces enjoying our delicious homemade lunches and we raised over £300 for the playgroup. We are grateful for sponsorship from AC Coughtreys Butchers in Pulborough and a generous donation of vegetables from Allison Risborough Fruit and Vegetable Distribution.”