A GARDENERS’ paradise created in Slindon has helped raise £5,000 for two worthwhile causes.
Glorious sunshine, blooming beautiful gardens and overwhelming generosity were the order of the day at the popular Slindon open gardens event on Sunday.
One of those who helped to organise the day, Rosemary Barrett, said: “The day was absolutely brilliant.
“The atmosphere was lovely.
“Obviously the weather helped us a great deal and we have managed to raise £5,000 for the charities.
“I know these funds will make a big difference to the charities as everyone is struggling.
“A lot of people came along – a lot from further afield, but a lot of local people, too.”
The event, which takes place every two years, raised funds for the upkeep of the village’s 900-year-old church St Mary’s and the national charity Action Medical Research for Children.
With the village nestled on the edge of the South Downs, there were some 23 gardens open to the public, some of which regularly open for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). There were also three tea gardens plus a plant stall.
Rosemary said: “The tea gardens proved extremely popular.
“They did a roaring trade with cream teas, refreshments and cakes.
“One of the gardens said they had 300 people through and many people managed to get around all 23 gardens and enjoy them all.
“A lot of planning and effort and a lot of work by a lot of different people has gone into this, and it has certainly made it a success.”
Local farmers also gave some of their fields to be used as car parking, which was greatly appreciated.