The Secret Gardens event is a well loved day in Petworth and was run last year in support of Petworth Community Garden. It was a glorious day with over 600 visitors and made over £4000 which enabled the Community Garden to keep running at a vital time.
Petworth Community Garden is an accessible community project for all ages and abilities run for the community by the community since 2005. We work with locals from all walks of life including wheelchair users, adults with learning disabilities, children with additional needs, locals with social or mental health support needs, low income families, children and older people, along with other locals. Working together in a friendly integrated group according to need and ability, enables everyone to enjoy the many health, wellbeing, social and therapeutic benefits of community gardening.
We teach about organic wildlife gardening, permaculture and growing your own during our ‘ Learn and Grow Tuesdays’; offer ‘Thriving Thursdays,’ Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programmes for people with mental health support needs and older people with dementia, and on Wednesdays we run ‘Petworth Men’s Shed,’ bringing more isolated men together to create beautiful rural crafts in our ‘Crafty Men Working with Wood’ project. We also create jams and chutneys from our harvest as part of our ‘Chutneys For Change’ project, working with older people in our community, harvesting local country recipes and sharing knowledge.
The Community Garden are so grateful for the wonderful support of Petworth Gardeners Club and volunteers, who are organising the Secret Garden Event again this year. The Community garden will be open during the day from 12pm onwards for visitors to see their work and sample some of the produce and refreshments. The Show Gardens competition is also running on the same allotment site and these will also be open for visitors to see on the day and vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice award.
This year we are building on the theme of wellbeing (a key aim of the Community Garden) by introducing a Wellbeing Tent in our town centre garden ‘Rosemary Gardens’ which will feature demonstrations of wellness techniques such as Acupuncture, Yoga, Qi Gong and Craniosacral Therapy. This will be open from 12pm onwards so come and have a go! There will also be lots of children’s activities in Rosemary Gardens, at the Sylvia Beufoy Centre and at the Petworth Cricket Club, with Ice Cream, Pimms tent, plants, crafts and wellbeing product stalls in Rosemary Gardens and of course tea and cake in the Leconfield Hall.
The Secret Gardens will be open from 2-6pm and promise a delightful treasure trail around Petworth. From large country gardens with sweeping vistas to exquisite courtyard gardens, there will be something for everyone!
Tickets and maps can be purchased at the Leconfield Hall in the Market Square during the monthly Farmers Markets and on the day, £6 for adults, children under 12 are free!
We are also delighted that BBC Sussex is our media partner for the event and that Petworth Town Council, Petworth Business Association and Petworth and District Community Association are supporting the event.