Thousands raised by Selsey open gardens

Publicity 2014 SUS-140728-143857001
Publicity 2014 SUS-140728-143857001

A GARDEN open day in a seaside town raised more than £5,300 for two charities.

The fifth annual Selsey Open Gardens raised money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society in West Sussex.

A total of 15 gardens and two allotment groups opened their doors to the public to raise money for the two charities on Sunday, June 22.

A recent count-up of the cash raised revealed the huge £5,300 total, which means in the past five years, the event has raised more than £22,000.

Prior to opening, the garden-owners were busy with last-minute tasks; deadheading, displaying flags and rosettes, setting tables and setting out plant stalls.

A total of 485 visitors arrived to follow the Selsey Open Gardens trail around the town and down to the coastline.

A very popular way of getting to see the 17 gardens this year was by bicycle.

Seven gardens opened for the first time and all enjoyed sharing their ‘corner of Selsey’ with visitors.

Margaret Goodman, the event organiser, said: “A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped make the day such a success, including the gardeners themselves, our sponsors and the visitors.

“Any Selsey readers who would like to think about opening their garden next time can call 01243 605276, for more information.”