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
Hammer Lane, Cowbeech, Nr Hailsham TN21 9HF
Stone Cross House // 9-10 May
Alice Bright Lane, Crowborough TN6 3SH
Ansty Group of Gardens // 10 May
Bolney Road, Ansty, nr Haywards Heath RH17 5AW
Framfield Grange // 10 May
Framfield, Uckfield TN22 5PN
Balcombe Group of Gardens // 13 May
Balcombe RH17 6JJ
Caxton Manor // 15-16 May
Wall Hill, Forest Row RH18 5EG
2 Quarry Cottages // 15 May
Wall Hill Road, Ashurst Road, Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead RH19 3TQ
Limekiln Farm // 15 May
Chalvington Road, Chalvington, Hailsham BN27 3TA
11 Tredcroft Road // 16 May
Hove BN3 6UH
96 Ashford Road // 23 & 30 May
Hastings TN34 2HZ
Duckyls Holt // 23, 24, 25 May
Selsfield Road, W Hoathly RH19 4QN
King John’s Lodge // 24-25 May
Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ
Ringmer Park // 24 May
Lewes BN8 5RW
Rose Cottage // 24 May
Hall Lane, Hadlow Down TN22 4HJ
51 Carlisle Road // 30-31 May
Eastbourne BN21 4JR
6 Grange Road // 31 May
Lewes BN7 1TR
Great Lywood Farmhouse // 31 May
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.
For more information on the gardens and dates, visit www.ngs.org.uk