Sussex Gardens Open for Charity: National Gardens Scheme
Many Sussex Gardens open for charity each year under the National Garden Scheme. This scheme provides visitors unique access to over 3,700 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.
Hopefully it will be possible to visit many of the gardens in West and East Sussex in 2021.
One of the gardens within easy reach of Steyning is in Bignor Park.
You will find 11 acres of gardens to explore, with fantastic views of the South Downs. You’ll see interesting trees, shrubs, and wild flower areas. The walled flower garden has wonderful herbaceous borders. Wander and admire the temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures.
Bignor Park is in West Sussex, RH20 1HG. It is 5 miles south of Petworth & Pulborough. It is well sign posted from the B2138. The nearest villages are Sutton, Bignor & West Burton. It’s just a 30 minute drive from Rosebud Holiday Cottage in Steyning!
Lovely Borde Hill Gardens open to the public from late March until the end of October.
The gardens are within an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald.
Borde Hill’s grounds cover over 200 acres across the garden, woodland and parkland. The formal gardens are designed in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’: You can explore the exotic ‘Garden of Allah’, the beautiful Azalea Ring, the traditional Rose Garden and a peaceful Italian Garden,
Borde Hill has received many awards, including the Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year’.
Gardens 10-4, Castle 12-4. Gardens £10, Castle and gardens £15. Pre booking essential
I recommend visiting Arundel Castle and it’s attractive gardens. This restored medieval castle overlooks the River Arun and was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel
The oldest feature is the motte (an artificial mound) which dates from 1068. You can see it in the photo below.
Whilst you are in Arundel make sure you explore the small historic town. I also recommend visiting the museum, which is almost opposite the castle.
The castle and grounds are usually open from April until November on Tuesday to Sunday each week. They are also open on some Mondays.
Visit Brighton in the winter: Avoid the crowds and find plenty of things to do!
The observation tower!
The British Airways observation tower operates throughout the year. Choose a day with good visibility and you can see fantastic views over Brighton, the Sussex coat and the surrounding countryside. You will glide up to 450 feet in a fully enclosed glass viewing pod.
During medieval times Lancing’s Widewater Lagoon was a part of an area of salt marshes, creeks and and sea inlets to the east and west of the mouth of the River Adur.
The villages of Lancing and Sompting were on high ground well to the north. The small port of Pende stood west of Shoreham but has long since been lost to the sea. Today it is only marked by Lancing’s Penhill Road – Pende Hill – and the Shopsdam.
Today Lancing’s Widewater Lagoon is a beautiful, coastal nature reserve. Find it by taking a short stroll along Lancing seafront. It is between Beach Green and Shoreham Beach.
As the seasons change throughout the year, discover a rich diversity of birds that rest, migrate and reside here. Watch the Little Egret wading through the shallow waters with its elegant, crested plumage. Listen to the haunting cry of the Oyster Catcher or simply sit and watch the swans as they glide serenely by.
All around the banks of this saline lagoon, enjoy the colourful plants and flowers that thrive in shingle and coastal grassland. Rabbits run free from the banked bracken and bats fly silently when the sun has set.
The lagoon is within easy reach of Rosebud Cottage: About 6 miles from Steyning.
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