Sidlesham maze garden open day was a success


MORE than 500 people with twice as many children were entertained on Sunday, August 3, at the maze garden in Sidlesham.

It opens once a year to raise money for charity, and this year was as successful as previous years.

With garden games on the lawns, the visitors were able to walk around the colourful gardens and wildlife areas, taking in the peaceful surroundings.

The maze, as usual, was the main attraction, with help on hand for lost souls, and many reaching the middle of the maze.

Tea and cakes were consumed 
in abundance, there were stalls and a very large plant sale which was busy all day.

Organisers Richard Bushby and Sandra Hamilton, said: “The event was raising money for Perennial-Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, a charity for the horticultural industry, which this year is celebrating its 175th anniversary and is needed more now than ever before with the decline of the industry in our area.”

It is a charity close to the pair’s hearts, as they have been helped by the organisation in the past.

“We started opening it for the charity after they helped my parents,” said Mr Bushby.

“They helped with respite care and now we are paying it back by supporting them.”

The pair said, this year with the help of a loyal band of helpers, they managed to raise £2,600 for the charity.

This means over the years, they have now raised more than £20,400 in total for the charity.