Foul weather fails to put off visitors to Seaford in Bloom Open Gardens Day

AN OPEN Gardens Day organised by Seaford in Bloom (SIB) raised £1,400 despite heavy rain and gale force winds.

Money generated will go towards floral displays to make the town more attractive for residents and visitors.

SIB chairman Isabel Stephenson and the committee thanked the sponsors, people who had opened gardens and hardy visitors who turned out in appalling conditions on Sunday July 17.

Publicity spokesperson for SIB Jim Murray said: “Unfortunately for everyone, we suffered the worst weather conditions ever for the annual Open Gardens Day, with gale force winds and nearly three hours of relentless heavy rain.

“In spite of this, there was an excellent turnout.

“New venues are always being sought to be included in this annual event and anyone who is interested in opening their garden in 2012 should contact Isabel.”

Open Gardens Day was sponsored for the fourth year running by Rowland Gorringe Estate Agents in Seaford.

The 2011 Floral Competition was judged on Tuesday July 12 but the results will not be announced until the awards ceremony on Thursday August 18.

Photos of this year’s Open Gardens at www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/sib