The Pett Village Gardens event over the weekend (23 and 24 June) enjoyed perfect weather. The gardens were open for the National Garden Scheme set up to raise money for charity.
The four gardens open to the public were:
- Fairlight End – Chris & Robin
- Breanross – Libby & Tim
- French Court Farmhouse – Suzie & Guy
- Ambleside – David & Jackie
Breanross, French Court Farmhouse and Ambleside were opening for the first time for the NGS.
Visitors came from far and wide including the Netherlands, London, Brighton, Canterbury, Seaford, Eastbourne, Bexhill, Hastings, St Leonard’s, Battle, Rye, Guestling, Fairlight – the list goes on – and last, but perhaps most importantly, Pett and Pett Level.
The owners were helped enormously by volunteers, especially those at Fairlight End where the visitors enjoyed tea and cake in large quantities! Chris and Robin (and the other owners) are especially grateful to all those in the village who made cakes and helped the event go so well.
Over the two days, 652 people visited the gardens – 325 on Saturday and 327 on Sunday (despite the competition of a certain football match in the afternoon.)
£3,926 was taken in ticket sales; £1,237.70 in plant sales (mainly Fairlight End but also Breanross – although Breanross ran out of plants on the first day); and £1,926.85 from catering (Fairlight End and French Court Farmhouse).
The grand total raised for charity was £7,090.55. 80% goes to the charities nominated by the National Garden Scheme and 20% (about £1,400) to Pett Village Hall.
Chris, Robin and the other owners are thrilled with the result and wish to thank everyone who helped and above all those who came and visited the gardens to make the weekend such a success. Thank you.