Fittleworth gardens open for May bank holiday

One of Fittleworth's beautiful gardens
One of Fittleworth's beautiful gardens

A WELL-established feature in the Sussex gardening calendar will be making a welcome return this weekend.

The Fittleworth event has been running since 1999 and continues to raise money for a great cause.

Over the bank holiday weekend of Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5, Fittleworth will again be hosting its annual Garden Trail.

This year three new gardens will be welcomed to the trail, with a total of 13 gardens open over both days between 2pm-6pm.

An extra half-hour has been added to allow visitors more time to make their way around the gardens.

Admission is £6 per adult with under-12s free and this allows entry to all 13 gardens on both days.

Tickets are available from all participating gardens and the village hall where there will be excellent teas and cakes, a wonderful plant stall and garden ‘miscellania’ stall.

The hall will also be host to an exhibition of fir cones, featuring more than 40 different types, including the largest.

Some gardens will also be serving up refreshments, drinks and ice creams and the village playgroup will as usual be serving up delicious ploughman’s lunches between 12.30pm-2pm in their building just behind the village hall.

This year’s big attraction is the return of the big-money plant quiz in the garden at Wyncombe Hill.

On offer is a £200 first prize for anyone who can correctly identify a selection of trees and shrubs.

There is a second prize of £100 and two lucky people will win £50 each from a prize draw of all those who enter.

Anyone is welcome to enter the quiz.

All proceeds from the weekend will go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s parish church within the village.

The church will benefit from the open garden receipts while proceeds from the lunches will aid playgroup funds.

Volunteers are also needed to help in the kitchen or make sandwiches on either of the two days.

Contact Roz on 01798 865099 or email

Visitors will have the opportunity to see a stunning array of gardens, from grand country houses to quaint cottages.