Virtual Safari and Summer Competition

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With the social distancing rules put in place for the Covid-19 pandemic, we are this year holding a Virtual Safari and summer competition. The Virtual Safari will run from the 13th June to 31st July 2020 in order to capture a little more of what Burgess Hill has to offer over the coming weeks. As usual we will be (hopefully) raising money for St Peter and St James Hospice.

The gardens will be featured on our Website and Facebook pages and we are asking that participating gardeners to submit photographs (with narrative) or a short video (again with narrative) showing their creations to a potentially much larger audience than we previously enjoyed.

 The Summer Garden Competition – 2020 this year will not be the same as in previous years. We will be having a photographic competition instead, which will be scheduled to run for entries from the 13th June through to the 31st July 2020.  Due to the nature of the competition we have decided not to award our usual trophies but winners and runners-up will receive a Certificate. The categories will be as follows –

  1. Flower bed
  2. Vegetable patch
  3. Water feature
  4. Container including Hanging Baskets
  5. Relaxation/seating area.  

If you wish to enter any of the above Celebrations of Burgess Hill’s Wonderful Gardens, please fill out the form on the Safari and Competition entry page

If you know of anyone else who may be interested, please let them know!!

New Website is Live!

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And you are looking at it right now!

After many weeks of toiling away under lockdown and social isolation, we have launched our new website.

Look forward to news and gardening tips as they appear!

Colin’s Northern Update No 5

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From Colin Hewitt, your Northern correspondent.

Hi everybody,

 I am pleased to report that at last I have managed to plant the two rose bushes that you all kindly gave to Janette and myself, which I had potted on as soon as we arrived here last July. They have been pruned and planted out in a crescent shaped bed in the middle of the front lawn. I have also sown seeds for plants that will accompany the roses and the hardy geraniums planned for this bed.


Spring Competition

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The Burgess Hill SPRING Garden Competition  judging went ahead despite the recent outbreak of Corona Virus.

Please check our pages for latest information concerning competitions and other Burgess Hill events

First Place  – Jackie Smith of Cants Lane
Second Place – Paul Barnett of Station Road 
Third Place – Sue Price 

Christmas Fund Raising

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Thanks go to everyone for your donations to our Christmas Book Stalls at The Market Place when the Towns Christmas Lights were switched on and the Horticultural Society’s Market at the Cypress Hall on the 14th December.

The princely sum of £112 was raised and we are planning a review of the books we have left with a view to obtaining more children’s titles

Christmas Light Galore

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Once again Bloom judges toured Burgess Hill looking at all the wonderful and different lighting effects that the residents and shop owners had conjured up, their job takes longer each year as the town grows.  

 St. John’s Church tree shone out like a beacon from the centre of town and the judges were very impressed with the Woolpack pub looking so resplendent in it’s Christmas dressing.  


Bag Of bulbs

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The annual Spring Bulb distribution  was carried out between the 16th to 20th October to over 20 nursery schools, pre-schools and charitable organisations.  Many messages of thanks have been received and it is hoped that the fruits of their labours will be proudly displayed on this website soon.

The daffodils and narcissus bulbs were again kindly donated by the Horticultural Society  without whose support this would not have been possible.