Wisborough Green’s Open Gardens weekend is hailed a sucess

Eric and June Clark's downland garden "Homelea"''C120780-6 Mid Wis Gardens  Photo Louise Adam
Eric and June Clark's downland garden "Homelea"''C120780-6 Mid Wis Gardens Photo Louise Adam

Wisborough Green’s annual Open Gardens weekend was this year organised as the village tribute to the Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Ten gardens were open, varying from small courtyards to large country gardens with extensive flower beds and lawns, all of which were within a few minutes’ walk of the traditional village green.

Three new gardens were also included on the visitor tour this year. Around 240 visitors toured the gardens, raising nearly £1,800, which will go towards the preservation of the Grade I listed church of St Peter ad Vincula.

They came from as far away as London, Swanage, Eastbourne, Brighton and Worthing.

Helen Vause of Wisborough Green Horticultural Society said: “Village gardeners have worked extremely hard to overcome difficult growing conditions in the spring to produce a wonderful array of colour and scents.”

After their tour, many visitors went on to enjoy teas and home-made cakes at one of the gardens or stayed to watch the cricket on the village green.

Chairman of the Friends of St Peter group, John Farmer, said afterwards: “Despite the doubtful weather, we were really pleased to see so many people come and enjoy our lovely village.

“Our team of volunteers worked tirelessly to help people get the most out of their visit.”