Pretty Piddinghoe gardens to open in support of Macmillan

The Old Vicarage in Piddinghoe.
The Old Vicarage in Piddinghoe.

Anyone who has ever fancied taking a peak behind the flintstone walled gardens of picturesque Piddinghoe is in for a big surprise.

An exciting total of eight gardens in the village will open to the public in aid of Macmillan as part of the Coastal Gardens Trail this summer.

Piddinghoe village.

Piddinghoe village.

And they were inspired to take part after reading an appeal in the Sussex Express for people to get involved in the fundraising weekend.

The Piddinghoe participants will be among the 27 gardens across East Sussex flinging open the garden gates to raise money for the charity on July 26 and 27.

Event organiser Geoff Stonebanks said: “On reading the article in the Sussex Express on the 28th February, Sheila and Martin Redman, of Old School in Piddinghoe, decided it was time to reinstate the Piddinghoe Village Open Garden Trail that was last open in 2012.

“Sheila and Martin tirelessly spoke to their neighbours in the pretty village just north of Newhaven and were amazed that seven other gardens and the village allotments wanted to join the fun as well.”

Sheila contacted the organiser Geoff, who was delighted to welcome the new gardens on board.

The gardens in Piddinghoe that will open are Old School, Old Vicarage, Dormer House, White Cottage, Ladacre, Flint Cottage, 1 Cedarwell Close and the allotments.

Sheila added: “We are all looking forward to it and the current spell of gorgeous weather has inspired us all to get out there and get on with it.”

The village of Piddinghoe, north of Newhaven, lies in the scenic Ouse Valley and is just a stone’s throw away from the river.

A weekend ticket will allow you to see as many gardens as you like over the weekend for £12 or it will cost £2 for each garden visited.

Full details of all the gardens now open on the Coastal Garden Trail can be found at