A children’s hospice is to benefit from an Alfriston attraction opening its doors.
Award-winning Follers Manor Gardens will host an open day on Sunday 26 June from 11am to 4pm, to raise money for Chestnut Tree, which provides specialist palliative care services to children and young people with lie-shortening conditions in East Sussex.
Owners, Anne and Geoff Shaw, and gardeners Steve and Julia, are keen to share their love and knowledge of the gardens with visitors on the day. Entrance is £5 per person and children are free. There will also be refreshments and a raffle, plants for sale and other stalls.
The internationally acclaimed Follers Manor Garden was featured on Channel 4's 'Landscape Man', and has since won numerous awards for its stunning landscaping within the South Downs National Park. Other TV appearances include 'Gardeners World' with Joe Swift and most recently Alan Titchmarsh's 'Britains Best Back Gardens'.
“We really feel for the children who are living with life-shortening conditions, and want to help in any way that we can,” said garden owner, Anne. “We’ve heard from a number of friends about the amazing work that Chestnut Tree do to support children and families in the area, and want to raise some money to help pay for that care.”
Charlie Weeks, Community Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree, commented, “Thank you so much to Anne and Geoff for putting their Hands Up! to help Chestnut Tree. We are currently caring for 55 children in East Sussex, but know there are many more who need our help. To reach them we need the support of people like Anne and Geoff, to help raise the vital funds to provide our specialist care. It’s going to be a fantastic day, so do come along and see the beautiful gardens if you can.”