Now growing in pop stars’ Crowborough garden

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A home owned by two major pop stars was the star attraction for hundreds of visitors to Sussex gardens over the May bank holiday.

They flocked to see a garden created by Michael Hands over the 35 years he has lived at Warren House, Warren Road, Crowborough.

Irene Eltringham-Willson, the National Gardens Scheme County Organiser, herself visited to recognise the 20 years that Michael has opened the garden for the NGS.

She presented him with a special trowel for the achievement.

Michael bought Warren House 35 years ago from the 1960s pop singer and actor Adam Faith, who had bought it from the rock group Led Zeppellin.

It took Michael 15 years to get the garden ready to open for visitors and now at the age of 80 he’s still opening for charity and, more importantly, maintaining the large garden himself.

Michael does, however, admit to one small concession in his 80th year, a man to help one day a fortnight.

There is a beautiful house (not open) with a 9-acre garden and views over Ashdown Forest.

It has a series of gardens old and new, displaying a wealth of azaleas, rhododendrons and an impressive variety of trees and shrubs.

Sweeping lawns framed by delightful walls and terraces, woodlands, ponds, wildlife area.

Irene said it is a beautiful spring garden with wonderful handkerchief tree, Japanese garden; ‘absolutely beautiful’.

If you haven’t had chance to see it, Warren House will be open again on May 19 and 27 between 2pm and 5pm through NGS.