Peacehaven Town Council prepares for open gardens event

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An open gardens event will be held in Peacehaven this year, instead of the Garden of the Year competition.

Peacehaven Town Council decided to stage an open gardens because residents had previously been disappointed they could not see the winning gardens.

So far five gardens have been entered into the event, but there is still time to sign your garden up.

Cllr Helen Livings said: “The open garden event is taking place on 30 June, 2013, with tickets available at Paradise Park and the Town Council Offices.

“There will be a small charge for the tickets and this money will go to charity. It is hoped that as the visitors go to each garden the owners will pass on their knowledge and explain how they manage to keep the gardens looking so good, despite the winds and salt air.”

The Garden of the Year competition has been running for the past few years and has proved popular with residents.

It was decided that an Open Garden event would provide the opportunity for residents to visit attractive and well managed gardens and give the owners the opportunity to discuss how they achieve their great results.

The Peacehaven Horticultural Society started discussions with the town council about the event and invited Paradise Park in Newhaven to get involved.

Paradise Park is sponsoring the event, providing posters, flyers and support.

There will be a market and ticket office open in Community House on Sunday June 30 with stalls selling a variety of gardening themed items, such as plants and seeds, plus there will be a coffee morning.

The event will run for just one day, as opposed to the previously advertised two days, as a result of lower than expected uptake, due to the cold weather and the late flowering of some plants. Tickets £3.

If you would like to be part of the event contact the town council offices on 01273 585493 or visit the website

The town council is planning to donate the money raised from the event to Care for the Carers, an independent charity which supports unpaid carers in East Sussex, who look after a relative, friend or neighbour, who is frail, disabled, and has a long term illness.