Celebrating charity’s support from garden owners

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The West Sussex County Team of the Nation al Gardens Scheme held a successful tea party for participating garden owners, to show the scheme’s gratitude for the support the NGS receives.

The tea party, which was held on Saturday, March 19, also marked the 89th year of the NGS.

Over 120 garden owners attended, including Sir Peter Bottomley, MP, who was the event’s special guest.

The event was held at Palatine School Gardens, which permission of head teacher Catriona Goldsmith.

Jennie Rollings, who was instrumental in setting up the garden 15 years ago, gave an extremely interesting and informative talk about the gardens, and everyone enjoyed the incredibly warm atmosphere and refreshments.

Palatine Primary School is a community special school, and its mature gardens have been constructed and are maintained by teachers, volunteers and children with special needs.

With varied planting and an interesting tree collection, there is also a wildlife corner, ponds, themed gardens and children’s outdoor art features, rockeries, living willow, a labyrinth and mosaics. The gardens are open for the NGS on July 10.

On Thursday, March 17, it was announced that Joe Swift was stepping fown as NGS president, and that Mary Berry would take over the helm.

George Plumptre, chief executive of the NGs, said: “With the assistance of garden owners, the hundreds of volunteers who help organise garden openings and as a consequence of the generosity of those who visit the gardens which open on our behalf, we have been able to donate a record amount to the nursing and caring charities that the National Gardens Scheme is proud to support, totalling £2.7m.”

Find out more at ngs.org.uk.

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