Open Garden raises over £2,500

On Sunday 27 June, Anne and Geoff Shaw, owners of Follers Manor in Alfriston, opened their spectacular garden and raised over £2,500 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

Ann & Geoff ShawVisitors enjoyed the beautiful, award-winning gardens, including the redeveloped meadow area inspired by the bends and curves of the Cuckmere River, and enjoyed the stunning views of the South-Downs.

“It was such a wonderful day,” said Libby Hannelle at Chestnut Tree House. “The views of the South Downs are simply breath-taking and provided a fantastic backdrop for a lovely, relaxed, and friendly day of fundraising. We’re so grateful to Anne and Geoff Shaw for their ongoing support.”Follers Manor 2021

The event, now in its fifth year, raised an incredible £2,500 for Chestnut Tree House, a charity whose income has been greatly affected by the pandemic. “When the pandemic hit, many of our fundraising activities were cancelled or postponed, resulting in a big drop in income,” says Libby.

“We have been blown away by everyone’s generosity, but the future still looks uncertain, and we expect to have a shortfall over the next few years. Local support, like this open garden event, is now more important than ever to ensure that children and young people who need hospice care continue to receive it, along with support for their families.”

Speaking about the event, Anne and Geoff Shaw said, “We are delighted to support Chestnut Tree House by opening our gardens. We are so pleased that people enjoyed the gardens and donated so generously.”