Michelham Priory House and Gardens has just hosted a Garden Owners Tea Party to launch the season for The National Garden Scheme within the county of East Sussex and Mid Sussex. Garden owners taking part in the scheme were treated to a delicious and elegant afternoon tea to start this year’s event for their area. Irene Eltringham-Willson, NGS County Organiser for East Sussex and George Plumptre, The National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, thanked garden owners for their continued support and gave out awards to garden contributors and volunteers. Michelham Priory’s Head Gardener, James Neal, highlighted the improvements and projects currently being undertaken by the Priory’s gardening team.
The National Gardens Scheme began in 1927, inviting garden owners to open their extraordinary gardens to the public in an effort to raise money for good causes. The scheme gives people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful and memorable gardens – and all for just the cost of a cup of tea and a slice of cake!
For 90 years garden owners, volunteers and visitors have helped the NGS to raise over £50 million for nursing charities across the UK. The NGS has an impressive list of beneficiaries ranging from Macmillan to Marie Curie. The NGS gave a tremendous £3 million to the Charities in 2016! There is a vital need to support these charities and donating
and volunteering through the scheme allows gardeners to open their doors to the public, bond over their love of gardening and help good causes.
This year will see approximately 3,700 breathtaking private gardens opening for charity. Discover natural treasures, stunning terrace views and exquisite flowerbeds in these gardens now open to the public. To find out more about the scheme, beneficiaries and also to search for a garden near you go to the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk. You can even find there one of Mary Berry’s delicious recipes!