New West Sussex Gardens open in May

Four new West Sussex gardens open their gates for the National Garden Scheme in May.

The Cottage Pulborough
The Cottage is a quintessential English cottage garden, jam packed with a mix of perennials and bulbs on a potentially challenging multi layered site. Comprising four distinct rooms including a small roof terrace, top terrace sitting above the house garden and a vegetable garden built in what was a small swimming pool. This is not a large garden, however every square inch has been used creating a surprise around every corner and level.
The Cottage Potts Lane Pulborough RH20 2BT is open for the National Garden Scheme Saturday 18 May and Saturday 7th September (10am – 6pm). Admission £6, children free.
Pre-booking essential, please visit for information & booking. Home-made teas. Two hour timed slots at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm. Visits also by arrangement 6 May to 7 Oct for groups of 10 to 20.
Visits also by arrangement 6 May to 7 Oct for groups of 10 to 20. Home-made teas inc.

9, Puttock Way, Billingshurst
9 Puttock Way is very small, sloping, new build garden which has been transformed from bare heavy clay into a series of spaces with interesting hard landscaping features. An unexpected cacophony of architectural shapes and textures greets you as you walk through the gate, a true plant lover’s paradise. This space shows what can be achieved in a short space of time through hard work and passion.
No wheelchair access to garden with multiple levels and many uneven areas.
9 Puttock Way Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 9ZJ is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May (11am – 4pm). Admission £5, children free. Pre-booking essential: visit . Home-made teas.

Bumble Farm, Loxwood
Bumble Farm is a delightful large country garden. It has been passionately and imaginatively created by the enthusiastic owner, Will, over the past twenty years. It is an interesting garden with a series of circular lawns surrounded by borders, full of mass drift, repeat planting of harmonious perennials, roses, shrubs, and more. There is a newly developed white garden, wisteria pergola, kitchen and cutting garden, fountains and various seating areas.
Bumble Farm Drungewick Lane Loxwood Billingshurst RH14 0RS Is open for the National Garden Scheme on Friday 31st May, Saturday Sat 1st June, Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June (12pm – 5pm). Admission £6, children free. Book online or pay on the day. Home-made teas.

Berlas, Midhurst
Berlas is a 150ft south west facing, sloping town garden which has been developed over ten years including planting the hedges and trees and the creation of a wildlife pond in 2020. The owner, Sue, is an enthusiastic plantswoman, attempting seasonal succession from spring bulbs through to late flowering prairie style planting. Two areas of grass are kept as wild meadows. There are collections of succulents, echeveria, pelargoniums and unusual pots and planters.
Visits by arrangement 2 May to 13 Oct for groups of 5 to 20. Admission £5, children free. Home-made teas.


If you’re passionate about your garden and your friends and family tell you how lovely it is, why not open it to visitors with the National Garden Scheme?

By opening your garden with the NGS, you’ll join a community of like-minded garden owners and volunteers all passionate about gardens. You will share a memorable day with your visitors and help raise money for vital nursing and health charities including Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and Parkinson’s UK. You decide when and how often you want to open and you will be ably supported by the NGS team prior to your opening.

Many people would love to show off their garden but are nervous about opening for the NGS. Some have heard stories about how the garden needs to be very large and perfect with ‘not a weed in sight’ or that owners need to be experts and every plant has to be labelled. However, all sorts of gardens open for the scheme including tiny cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, community gardens and country house gardens.

Lizzie and Tony Gilks have opened Peelers Retreat in Arundel for the past 11 years. They confess that they very anxious during their first opening and concerned that they didn’t know all the botanical names of all the plants they had lovingly grown. However, as soon as they heard the lovely comments of their visitors they relaxed and haven’t looked back since. They love the appreciation showed by their visitors and say that the social interaction of like-minded visitors often creates a party atmosphere. They have made many lifelong friends as well as learning countless handy gardening tips.

Lizzie and Tony said, ‘The NGS family, those we meet who also open their gardens and the support team of the area committee who are always there to help, guide and encourage with a ready smile. If you are like Tony and I and struggle with on-line registration and social media there is always one of the team to help you”. You make a lot of lovely friends with the NGS. It’s a great club to be a part of. However, perhaps the most important aspect of opening your garden is the ability to raise much needed funds for charitable organisations and beneficial schemes through the generosity of visitors and garden owners alike’.

Whether your garden is big or small, if you think it has quality, character and interest, we would love to hear from you.

To find out more go to

… or telephone Maggi Hooper, the NGS West Sussex County Organiser on 07793 159304 who will be able to answer all your questions.
… or contact the NGS Team – Email or ‘phone 01483 211535

More New West Sussex gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme:

Brambletye, Bramber
Wed 26 June, Wed 3 July (10.30-5). Combined adm with Nightingale House £7, chd free. Home-made teas at Nightingale House.

Lodsbridge Mill, Petworth
Sat 6 July (10-6). Adm £8, children free. Pre-booking essential, please visit for information & booking. Home-made teas.

Nyetimber Manor, Pulborough
Fri 9 Aug (9.30-5). Adm £15, chd £7.50. Pre-booking essential, please visit for information & booking. Timed slots at 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Home-made teas in medieval barn.

Springbourne, Clapham Village
Fri 19, Sat 20 July (10-4). Adm £5. Light refreshments (cash only).

For details of all gardens opening in West Sussex visit the National Garden Scheme website .

Kate Harrison
NGS West Sussex Publicity Officer

Submitted to the Storrington Community Website using the News Item contact form.

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