Sidlesham maze open day raised thousands

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A mazegarden opened to the public for the 11th year in a row on Sunday (August 4), with a record turnout.

Horticulturalists Richard Bushby and Sandra Hamilton open their gardens once a year to raise money for the Perennial Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society (PGRBS), a charity close to their hearts.

“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 event raised around £3,000 for the PGRBS this year.

Mr Bushby said 600 adults and 1,000 children turned up on Sunday to get lost in the maze, enjoy garden games, and picnic in the magical gardens.

“They were all out on 
the lawns, playing and picnicking – they stayed for hours,” he said.

As well as the maze, visitors enjoyed a day in the three-acre garden, with a large wildlife pond, stalls, refreshments and an exhibition of works from Samuel Lloyd and Keiko Iwamoto from the fine arts department at the University of Chichester.