‘Over the weekend of 23/24 June one of the most successful charitable fundraising events in the history of Pett was held.
Pett Village Gardens raised a total of £7090.55 for charity. The National Gardens Scheme (NGS), which supports traditional nursing charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, received £5672.44. Pett Village Hall, which provides car parking and toilet facilities for the event, received £1418.11.
652 visitors came to Pett Village Gardens. They consumed 35 gallons of tea, 40 homemade cakes baked in the village and in Fairlight, and bought 500 plants to take home.
4 gardens took part in this exciting new event, 3 of them opening for the NGS for the first time: Ambleside, Breanross, and French Court Farm. Owners Jackie and Dave Richards, Libby and Tim Rothwell, and Suzie Gibbons and Guy worked tirelessly to ensure their gardens were looking beautiful for the event. They all drew praise from Irene Eltringham Wilson, NGS county organiser, who visited the event on Sunday.
The fourth garden, Fairlight End, home of Chris and Robin Hutt, has opened for NGS for several years. Chris said, ‘Robin and I were delighted to be joined by 3 new partners this year. Visitors could be seen strolling happily through the village and round the gardens for the whole weekend. There’s no doubt the new gardens, together with beautiful weather, boosted visitor numbers beyond what we could ever achieve as a single garden. And on behalf of all the garden owners I’d like to thank all our helpers and supporters, not least the army of village bakers who come up with the excellent cakes which are devoured by the visitors.’