Tucked away is the idyllic West Sussex village of Fittleworth is the magical one acre wonderland of Pooh House Gardens.
Lovingly tendered by owners paul (design) and mary (magic and fun) after 7 years of opening to public the gardens were open for the first time in 2013 as combined weekends in Spring (27/28 April and 5th May for RSPCA week) Summer (mid August) and Autumn (3rd week in Sept).
Pooh House, which was originally part of the spring Fittleworth Open Garden Trail, has a series of activities in each days programme often innovative with sustainable ideas and well being at the heart eg Bow Emm therapy, animal magic, challenging garden trails with prize specimens for grown ups and many new ideas like Jane Bohane sculpture to make the gardens worth a two or three hour (or more!) visit.
All proceeds go to charity; for example from 2011/12 events raising over £3,500 went to Chestnut Tree House (the only children's hospice in Sussex, which cares for children and young adults from all over the county with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses). Separately there has been support for Aldingbourne Trust who help people with learning disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to live independent, full lives. A visit to Aldingbourne opposite Fontwell Racecourse (towards Chichester) is highly recommended at any time of the year - at the trust there's a Country Centre where you can get up close to alpacas, goats, chickens and donkey's, meandering walks in the Woodland walk & a licensed cafe, gift shop/nursery.