Petworth's Secret Gardens open for charity

Petworth's secret gardens were opened to the public to help raise funds to support the British Red Cross last weekend.

Thursday, 30th June 2016, 12:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:18 pm
DM16127136a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. The garden at Kitchen Court. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202134008

On Sunday, the owners of beautiful secret gardens in Petworth town centre threw their gates open in support of the charity.

From 2pm until 5.30pm, visitors enjoyed the town’s treasure trail of beauty and variety in and around the town centre.

Due to the variety of the gardens, there was something suitable for everyone’s tastes, whether visitors liked traditional or modern gardens, closed courtyards or sweeping vistas.

DM16127161a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. Matthew Spriggs in his garden. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202158008

The experience offered guests a chance to discover Petworth and its beautiful history in the most intriguing and colourful way.

Anita Wolseley, organiser of the Secret Gardens of Petworth, said: “The British Red Cross are very happy to announce that we raised £3,500 and still counting. Over 600 visitors poured into our very special town and enjoyed 18 beautiful gardens which were opened by wonderful and brave garden owners. They produced the most inspiring possibilities for every variety of garden.”

The British Red Cross Open Gardens programme offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public, with a spectacular list of gardens of all shapes and sizes throughout the UK.

More information about other garden openings can be found on the website at www.redcross.org.uk/opengardens.

DM16127145a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. Alison Follis in her garden. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202146008

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DM16127135a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. Sylvia and Guy Watking in their garden. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202121008

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ks16000588-1 Pet Community Gunnell phot kate Sally Gunnell, centre helping Liam Bianchi, two in Petworth Commmunity Garden, with co-ordinator Kate Brickell, left.ks16000588-1 SUS-160803-174829008
DM16127161a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. Matthew Spriggs in his garden. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202158008
DM16127145a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. Alison Follis in her garden. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202146008
DM16127123a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. The garden at Fairfield House. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202108008
DM16127135a.jpg Petworth secret gardens open for charity. Sylvia and Guy Watking in their garden. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160626-202121008
ks16000588-1 Pet Community Gunnell phot kate Sally Gunnell, centre helping Liam Bianchi, two in Petworth Commmunity Garden, with co-ordinator Kate Brickell, left.ks16000588-1 SUS-160803-174829008