Picture Gallery: Tillington open gardens

GREEN FINGERED Tillington residents once again opened their gates to allow the public a glimpse of their stunning gardens.

Tillington open gardens is a popular annual event that gives visitors to the tiny hamlet the chance to peek into secluded gardens, views of grand lawns and stroll around pretty cottage gardens at their most vibrant and colourful.

Tillington's Open Gardens PICTURES BY JASMINE POOLE SUS-140107-144444001

Tillington's Open Gardens PICTURES BY JASMINE POOLE SUS-140107-144444001

And this year the whole weekend, which also comprised an art show run by Lee Lavington in the village hall, raised more than £1,500 for the All Hallows Church in Tillington.

“It was a very busy, very enjoyable weekend,” said Lee.

“And we were very lucky to have a sunny day on Sunday.”

The open gardens, under the direction of George Warren, raised £385 and the cream teas, made by Marilyn Walker, raised £346.

Lee added: “The art show made £455, from money at the door, and a ten per cent fee from the sale of pictures.

“It all goes to our beautiful church, which is very old and so in constant need of things being done to it.

“At the moment we are working on some of the stained glass windows.”

The team also raised £500 thanks to a generous bidder on an oil painting of an albatross in South Georgia by Lady Tuema Pattie, which was the main auction prize.