Glorious gardens to welcome visitors for St Wilfrid’s Hospice St Wilfrid’s Open Gardens season will be returning this year between 13th April and 27th July. From sprawling country estates, to secret gardens and skilfully-maintained compact hideaways, a range of beautiful gardens across East Sussex will be opened up for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. This year’s season promises to be even more special, as St Wilfrid’s will be opening up all five of its unique gardens to the public for the first time, with guided tours from our resident gardener, Kevin. Other participating gardens include the grand Sherrington Manor, which boasts distinctive gardens and an orchard; ‘Squirrels,’ a secret garden with far-reaching views of the South Downs and Misty Acres, which is supported by the Florence Support Service and ‘Dirt Diggers,’ a horticultural project designed to support work placements and employment. While there is no admission fee for the gardens (with the exception of the hospice gardens, where entry is £5), we do ask that you make a donation when you visit. Many of the gardens will be offering a raffle, stalls and refreshments, and we’re delighted to be welcoming The Very Nice Handbag Company to some of the larger gardens. These donations fund the work that the hospice carries out in the community, supporting over 1,500 local people every year, who have any progressive, life-limiting illness. It costs over £13,000 a day to run St Wilfrid’s and, with 30% of its funding coming from the NHS, the hospice looks to the community to help raise the rest. Last year’s Open Gardens season raised over £26,000, so your donation really will make a difference to local patients and their families. We look forward to welcoming you to these beautiful gardens this Open Gardens season! For the full list of participating gardens visit stwhospice.org/open-gardens or phone 01323 434241 or email [email protected] for more information.