Mazegarden Open Day raises thousands

Simon Bates
Simon Bates

More than 1,000 adults and children visited Sidlesham’s Mazegarden on its annual Open Day, held earlier this month.

Thousands of pounds were raised during the event, which will go to support horticulturalists in difficulties.

Visitors walked around the extensive gardens and wildlife areas, as well as enjoying the maze as the main attraction.

Richard Bushby, horticulturalist from the Mazegarden, said: “In the days before the annual Mazegarden Open Day in Sidlesham there was torrential rain and high gusty winds and it was a miracle that the marquees were still standing on August 6, but on the day the weather was perfect.”

Tea, cakes and ice creams were consumed by hungry visitors, who also browsed a selection of craft stalls together with a very large plant stall.

Richard said: “In addition we had artist Keiko Iwamoto, Denis Knockton with his 1967 red Jaguar on show and Simon Bates, renowned musician, playing his saxophone all for the enjoyment of our guests.

“The event raised a donation of £3,409 for Perennial-Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society, a charity for the horticultural industry with their ever increasing need to help horticulturalists in difficulties.

“This year with our large band of volunteer helpers we have raised £3,409 for the charity.

“Over the 15 years we have now achieved a grand total of over £30,300 in total.”

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