Sedgwick Park house among gardens open to boost funds

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SEDGWICK Park House, near Horsham, is opening its gardens for charity this summer on July 10 and August 7 from 1-5pm, when there will be an opportunity to enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this lovely house which is surrounded by 15 acres.

Originally the site of a castle set in 100 acres of parkland, now the park contains the lovely Sedgwick Park House, built in 1715. Current owners are John and Clare Davison, who bought it in 2001 and prepared an ongoing restoration for the house itself and the 15 acres of surrounding garden.

Clare was an interior designer in London, and as well as supervising the ongoing restoration of the garden, she undertakes charity events and courses on complementary therapies.

One of the eye-catching features of the house was The White Sea, an extended water feature at the rear of the property, which is currently being restored. The open days offer the chance to see the work in progress, with yews being clipped back to their former glory, an interesting new grass labyrinth under construction, redesigned herbaceous borders with free roaming chickens. There is also a reinstated silver gilt Hampton Court garden.

Home made cakes and tea will be served on the terrace or there is the chance to sit and relax with your own picnic. Plants, postcards and Sedgwick produce will be on sale. Entrance is £5pp, children free, dogs welcome on a lead. There is wheelchair access and plenty of parking space (Sedgwick Park House, Horsham RH13 6Q). Money raised will benefit the parish of Nuthurst and Mannings Heath, the Dem Vera Lynn Trust and Chase Hospices. For mroe information see

n Uppark, the crowning glory of the South Downs is famous, not only for the house, which was so miraculously restored after a fire relatively recently, but also for its spectacular gardens behind the house. On National Garden Society days the gardener will lead afternoon tours. Uppark, South Harting, GU31 5QR. National Trust, 01730 825415. Adm £4.40, chd £2.20. NGS Opening Thursday July 7 from 11.30am-5pm.

Other gardens which are open this week under the scheme are:

Oak Grove & Palatine Gardens Worthing BN12 6J.P Sun July 3. Admission (combined price] £4, children free.Cakes and teas will be served at Oak Grove College.

Fittleworth House, Bedham Lane, Fittleworth, Pulborough. RH20 1JH. Every Wednesday in July 2-5pm Adm £4, children free. 01730 865074

n Visit two Goring gardens, a street apart, but each a total contrast to the other, both open under the National Garden Scheme on Saturday and Sunday July 9 and 10, from 1-5pm.

Near the sea front in Goring, Channel View at 52 Brook Barn Way, BN12 4DW, is a mature owner-designed garden by the sea. There is imaginative blending of a tradition cottage garden with subtropical, mediterranean and antipodean planting. Unusually designed structures, paths, arches and pond combine dense planting with shady viewpoints and sunny patios.

29, Harvey Road is a south facing artist’s garden designed by the owner to have something of interest throughout the year.

This includes a millennium folly which was featured on ‘Grass Roots’, a garden shrine and a koi pond. There is also a small bonsai collection, kitchen garden and some large cacti.

Entry costs £4 for both. Teas in aid of Freeplay Foundation at Harvey Rd and plants for sale in Brook Barn Way( proceeds to Oak Grove College). For more information or to book group visits contact Jennie and Trevor Rollings, 01903242431 or Tim and Jean Blewitt

n Upper Beeding is opening its gardens again to the public. A variety of gardens will be open in Upper Beeding in support of Beeding in Bloom, the group that organises the colourful floral displays around the village in planters, flower beds and hanging baskets.

The twelve gardens will open on Sunday July 10from 1-6pm. Some will have plants for sale, wildlife photographs and even classic cars on display and others will provide refreshments.

Tickets, price £3.50, and a map are available in advance from Beeding Newsagents, or on the day at The Towers Convent where parking has been arranged. Entry is free for children.