Great return for Ringmer Open Gardens

Ron and Lin Mason
Ron and Lin Mason

An open gardens event held over two weekends in Ringmer raised more than £1,600 for the St Peter and St James Hospice.

Organisers said they welcomed almost 200 visitors with some travelling from as far afield as Hastings.

Rhiannon Halsall

Rhiannon Halsall

The hospice in North Chailey looks after people who have life limiting illnesses and supports their families.

Organisers Jayne Marshall-Roelich and Simon Briant said: “I would say that the event was a great success.

“The general feedback on offering four days over two weekends for viewing was very favourable indeed.

“All gardens saw an average of 30 visitors and some as many as 60 on one afternoon.

“The weather was very fair to us again on the second weekend – any rain visiting in the morning with the darker clouds in the west on Sunday afternoon staying well west of us keeping us dry and warm.”

The open gardens attracted a total of 174 visitors and raised £1,632 this year including a record £762 on refreshments, plants and extra donations.

The event was held on June 13 and 14 and on June 6 and 7.

Visitors could see 15 gardens open over the four days for just £5.

Bob Cairns founded and organised the first Open Gardens fundraiser in 2001 and continued to organise the event a further five times.

He is also the vice-chairman of St Peter and St James Hospice Ringmer Support Group.

The event takes place once every two years.

This year Tracy Ellis from the Toning Lounge in Ringmer helped with ticket sales.

And local estate agents Freeman Forman provided publicity on 15 boards around the village.

Organisers thanked the hardworking Ringmer gardeners and their partners who took part.

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