Burgess Hill Garden Safari: success as residents show off lockdown gardening

This summer’s Burgess Hill Garden Safari has been hailed as a success by its organisers.

Friday, 16th July 2021, 12:47 pm
Updated Friday, 16th July 2021, 7:04 pm

The event returned on Sunday (July 4) from 1pm to 5.30pm, after last year’s show was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It raised £700 for St Peter & St James Hospice.

“More than 120 people and their families came from all over the South of England to enjoy the nine lovely and interesting gardens open across the town,” said Burgess Hill in Bloom chairman Cathy Barnett.

A 'small by very full' garden belonging to Sue Goodsall of Western Road. Sue said it welcomes a wide variety of wildlife and has two water features and two different seating areas.
A 'small by very full' garden belonging to Sue Goodsall of Western Road. Sue said it welcomes a wide variety of wildlife and has two water features and two different seating areas.

Residents came up trumps when they showed off their ‘shutdown’ gardening,” she said, adding that the public found all the gardens fascinating.

Cathy said there were three ‘large and beautiful’ gardens in Crescent Road, with one completely re-designed, as well as a children’s play area in Warelands, a wild garden in St Peters Road and a reclaimed railway-land garden in Chanctonbury Road.

Western Road offered fun and games, she said, and Station Road provided an ‘old favourite’ with replanted offerings on display.

There was also a first time opener showing a smaller garden in Park Close, and Barnside Avenue showed off their bird boxes.

Pat and Eric Collard's garden in Crescent Road. Winner: Best Back Garden and Best Newcomer.

P&S Gallagher in Church Road, the Garden Safari’s sponsors, provided hanging baskets for one of the ‘drive-by’ locations.

“All the visitors were very happy to be out and about after being shut in for so long,” said Cathy, adding that Burgess Hill in Bloom and St Peter & St James Hospice are grateful to all the gardeners who took part.

She said that a ‘Gardeners Get-together’ will be held later in the summer.

Pat and Eric Collard's garden in Crescent Road. Winner: Best Back Garden and Best Newcomer.
The wild flower bed outside Burgess Hill police station. Picture: Paul Barnett.