Open garden for Chestnut Tree raises £3,000

Follers Manor open garden SUS-160807-121446001
Follers Manor open garden SUS-160807-121446001

The owners of Follers Manor in Alfriston opened the gates to their gardens and helped raise more than £3,000 for Chestnut Tree House.

Anne and Geoff Shaw, the owners of Follers Manor, opened their award-winning gardens in Alfriston to help raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree, which provides care for children with life-shortening conditions across Sussex.

The internationally acclaimed Follers Manor Garden was featured on Channel 4’s Landscape Man, and has since won numerous awards for its stunning landscaping within the South Downs National Park. Other TV appearances include Gardeners World with Joe Swift and most recently Alan Titchmarsh’s Britains Best Back Gardens.

Anne said, “We really feel for the children who are living with life-shortening conditions, and want to help in any way that we can.

“We’ve heard from a number of friends about the amazing work that Chestnut Tree do to support children and families in the area, and want to raise some money to help pay for that care.”

Hundreds of visitors helped to make the day a great success, and took their time strolling through the gardens, taking in the spectacular views, and sampling the delicious cake and refreshments on offer.

Tracey Luker, head of East Sussex Fundraising, said, “Thank you so much to Anne and Geoff for opening their beautiful gardens, and to all of those who travelled across the county and beyond to come and see them.

“The total raised on the day amounted to a staggering £3,382.06.”

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