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The National Gardens Scheme

The National Gardens Scheme has been opening gardens of quality, character and interest since 1927 and has donated over £24 million to its beneficiary charities in the last 10 years.


Last year alone they donated £2.5 million to the charities it supports. The NGS is Macmillan Cancer Supports biggest ever donor, having given £14.8m. It is also Marie Curie Cancer Care’s biggest ever donor and has given them £6.9m. Some other beneficiaries are Hospice UK and Carers Trust. Over 3,800 gardens will open on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme in 2015 across the UK.

The average admission charge for adults is great value at close to £3.90 and many will admit under 16s for free with many providing that all-important tea and homemade cake experience!


A day visiting a garden is exceptional value for money and many are near to where you live; in Sussex there are over 200 private and commercial gardens to see this season. The majority only ever open for the National Gardens Scheme and can be small or large, open alone or as part of a group. Here is a selection of Sussex gardens open for your enjoyment in May.

Fineoaks // 2-3 May
2-5pm, £4
Hammer Lane, Cowbeech, Nr Hailsham TN21 9HF

Stone Cross House // 9-10 May
2-5pm, £5
Alice Bright Lane, Crowborough TN6 3SH

Ansty Group of Gardens // 10 May
1.30-6pm, £5
Bolney Road, Ansty, nr Haywards Heath RH17 5AW

Framfield Grange // 10 May
2-5pm, £5
Framfield, Uckfield TN22 5PN

Balcombe Group of Gardens // 13 May
12-5pm, £5
Balcombe RH17 6JJ

Caxton Manor // 15-16 May
2-5pm, £5
Wall Hill, Forest Row RH18 5EG


2 Quarry Cottages // 15 May
2-5pm, £3
Wall Hill Road, Ashurst Road, Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead RH19 3TQ


Limekiln Farm // 15 May
2-5.30pm, £4
Chalvington Road, Chalvington, Hailsham BN27 3TA


11 Tredcroft Road // 16 May
11am-5pm, £3
Hove BN3 6UH


96 Ashford Road // 23 & 30 May
1-5pm, £3
Hastings TN34 2HZ


Duckyls Holt // 23, 24, 25 May
11am-5.30pm, £4
Selsfield Road, W Hoathly RH19 4QN


King John’s Lodge // 24-25 May
11am-5pm, £4
Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ


Ringmer Park // 24 May
2-5pm, £5
Lewes BN8 5RW


Rose Cottage // 24 May
2-5pm, £4
Hall Lane, Hadlow Down TN22 4HJ


51 Carlisle Road // 30-31 May
2-5pm, £3
Eastbourne BN21 4JR


6 Grange Road // 31 May
2-5.30pm, £3.50
Lewes BN7 1TR


Great Lywood Farmhouse // 31 May
2-6pm, £5
Lindfield Road, Ardingly RH17 6SW


So what could be better as spring evolves than to visit a beautiful garden and have delicious homemade teas served to you! What’s more important is you are donating to some worthy nursing and caring charities, as 83 pence of every pound spent will go to charity.


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