Community News

September

Published

September 28, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Cider with Rosie

An  invocation of the last warm harvest days of summer, of hay meadows, cider apples-a-plenty- and young love is captured in the beautiful interpretation of ‘Cider with Rosie’ created by the Seaford Evening Flower Club at Paradise Park. Our thanks to Jo, Mary, Hilary, Jane and Marian from the club, who have kindly shown their skills in the […]

Published

September 22, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Newhaven in Bloom Winners

Here’s Paradise Park Garden Centre’s Plant Manager Mark Curtis, presenting representatives from Ellis Gordon Court with their trophy after they won both Best Community Garden and Best Overall-Garden Awards during Newhaven in Bloom! Well done to all those hard working gardeners!

Published

September 21, 2017


Location

All Garden Centres

Garden Centre raises funds in memory of beloved staff member.

Tates of Sussex Garden Centres are holding their annual coffee morning on Friday 13th October, an event held simultaneously across all 3 of their garden centres. Proceeds from all fundraising activities and hot drink sales on the morning are donated to chosen hospices across Sussex. The event, which runs from 9am to 1pm, has been […]

Published

September 19, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Pumpkin Season Begins

As the leaves change colour and the nights draw in, pumpkin season has begun! If you are a pumpkin and gourd aficionado you may want to pop into to see Paradise Park Garden Centre’s lovely display of pumpkins – beautifully grown, locally in Sussex. Here are some information titbits about the varieties available: The delicious […]

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Location

Paradise Park

Lions Charity Book Sale

The recent Lions Charity Book Sale at Paradise Park Garden Centre raised £130 for local good causes. Thanks to everyone who bought books and donated!

Published

September 13, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Published

September 9, 2017


Location

All Garden Centres

Great Charity Walk raises £2000!

Great Charity Walk raises £2000! Staff from Tates of Sussex Garden Centres have completed a sponsored walk across the South Downs National Park to raise money for a local charity. Staff from South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks, Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade and Paradise Park Garden Centre in Newhaven, walked a tremendous 49km in aid […]

Published

September 8, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Summer Colouring competition Winners

Sister duo Phoebe (age 6 ¾) and Naomi (age 3 ½) Bevins from Burgess Hill have been named the winners of the summer colouring competition at South Downs Nurseries. Their goody bundle consisted of a variety of art and craft supplies to keep them entertained at home. Phoebe and Naomi love colouring and drawing, and […]

Published

September 5, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Lindfield Primary Academy

South Downs Nurseries stepped in to help with a nature pond area at Lindfield Primary Academy over the summer, donating insect houses, bird boxes and other supplies to the project. We received the below from Alison Lainchbury, from Lindfield Primary: “What you have given us is simply FANTASTIC, I can’t say thank you enough. Thank […]

August

Published

August 31, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Paradise Park RNLI

The RNLI have been in contact to let us know that Paradise Park Garden Centre helped raise over £1,000 during Lifeboat Week, which ran from 21-26 August. Thanks to everyone who helped us support this worthy local cause.

Published

August 30, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Plant donation to St Thomas A Becket Church

We came to the rescue when St Thomas A Becket church in Lewes needed plants for the Cliffe Fair on Saturday. Here’s Mark Gilbert from Paradise Park Garden Centre arriving with the plants to save the day! The event, which ran from 10:30am to 12:30pm, raised more than £1000, money that will go towards the upkeep […]

July

Published

July 26, 2017


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Garden Centre to the rescue!

Local pet charity, Worthing Guinea Pig Rescue have recently had to rescue over 160 guinea pigs from a residence in Gosport, with at least 80 sows pregnant. Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary/Community in Portslade was one of the charities who stepped in to help, taking on a number of pregnant sows. Mayberry and Lumpy Lodge have worked together in […]

Published

July 7, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

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Location

Paradise Park

Paradise Park lends a hand

YMCA Forest School provide two sessions a week at Meridian school, Peacehaven, to show children how to grow plants, as well as various other outdoor fun activities. Yolandi Taylor, Manager of the project was desperately short of materials and turned to Paradise Park Garden Centre for help. Here are Yolandi and some of the children […]

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Location

All Garden Centres

Father’s Day Competition Winners

Mayberry Garden Centre got a double whammy in our Father’s Day Competition, with a runner up and the main prize winner! Here are James Worby from Hove, and Paul Barton from Portslade collecting their prizes from Holly at the garden centre. Paul was our runner up, winning a Harvey’s of Lewes gift pack. His daughter […]

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Location

South Downs Nurseries

OUR NURSERY IS OFFICIALLY ‘AWARD-WINNING’!

Tates of Sussex has been awarded the BPOA (British Protected Ornamentals Association) Home Grown grower of the year award at the National Plant Show in Stoneleigh for our commitment to growing our own plants. Our Garden Centres use quality local growers as well as growing 24,000 herbaceous, 5,000 shrubs and much bedding on our Hassocks […]

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Location

Paradise Park

Peacehaven Open Gardens

Peacehaven Open Gardens, sponsored by Paradise Park Garden Centre, was another resounding success this year, raising £750 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Here are Deputy Mayor of Peacehaven Reg Farmiloe with Councillor Jean Farmiloe, Christine Clark from St.Wilfrid’s Hospice, event organiser Alison Standing of the Peacehaven Horticultural Society, Mark Curtis of Paradise Park, and Mo Payne, […]

June

Published

June 22, 2017


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Local cheeses a hit at British Cheese Awards

High Weald Dairy, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, walked away with not one but THREE awards at this year’s British Cheese Awards including a Bronze Award for their St Giles, and Silver Awards for both their Duddleswell and Brighton Blue. We’re delighted for Sarah and Mark at the dairy, and are proud to stock their […]

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Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Donated Topiary Ball

After a topiary ball was stolen from the HQ of Southwick division of St John Ambulance, Mayberry Garden Centre came to the rescue and donated a replacement. Photo: Carl Bennet, fundraiser from St John Ambulance with centre manager, Mark Brumfitt.

Published

June 20, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Seahaven Academy

Seahaven Academy Teachers Angela Brookes & Vicki Bowles recently set up an after school gardening club and emailed local garden centre Paradise Park for help with gardening items they required to turn the area back into manageable plot. Sales Director, Mark Gilbert of Paradise Park said’ I am delighted to help the school with this […]

Published

June 15, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

ETC Sussex Donation

‘‘Volunteers from local charity ETC Sussex are busy planting their vegetables donated by Paradise Park. Charity Chairman, Peter Carcas, said  ‘We were asked by some of our students who are learning English with us if they could have a garden so they could grow vegetables. We found them some space in our garden which they […]

Published

June 7, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

1st Ditchling Beavers Nursery Tour

The 1st Ditchling Beavers came to South Downs Nurseries for a free Nursery Tour. David Finn plant manager said ‘it was wonderful to show these eager beavers how we grow and pot our plants and I think they may have left with a few soon to be budding gardeners!’.  

May

Published

May 30, 2017


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Walkers raise over £1,000 for charity

Walkers completed a sponsored 20km walk from The Shoreham Centre to the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks over the bank holiday weekend, raising more than £1,000 for The Budding Foundation, a charity that supports young people in Sussex. The Budding Foundation, who set up the Museum of Gardening at the Heritage Centre, made the […]

Published

May 29, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Paradise Park receive life saving defibrillator

East Sussex Deputy Lieutenant Juliet Smith and Newhaven Mayor Steve Saunders are pictured presenting Mark Gilbert, Sales Director of Tates of Sussex Garden Centres and Sharon Saunders with a life-saving defibrillator. The unit was purchased from the proceeds of a recent fundraising event organised by the Mayor. ‘We are delighted to receive the first responder […]

Published

May 26, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

St Peter & St James Open Gardens

St Peter & St James Hospice held their annual Open Gardens event, which raised £1900 for the hospice just from visitors, with an additional £570 in sales of plants, largely donated by South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks (pictured). The 15,000 leaflets printed for the event were also sponsored by the garden centre. “We had a […]

Published

May 24, 2017


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Newick C of E Primary School Engineering Club

South Downs Nurseries have donated a shed and gazebo to the Newick C of E Primary School Engineering Club. They can now safely store their racing go karts and the gazebo will provide shelter on race days. The club is run by parents, who volunteer time and resources to run the club. Photos: children from […]

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Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Shoppers raise £1000 for charity!

Shoppers at The Sussex Food Hall in The South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks have raised £1000 for a local charity! The Budding Foundation, a charity that supports young people in need has benefitted from the fund raised from the proceeds of the 5p carrier bag charge. The total figure raised for the charity by […]

Published

May 8, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Denton Primary School

David Fitton MBE has been out and about again! The resident plant doctor at Paradise Park Garden Centre visited Penguin Class and their teacher Naomi Savage at Denton Primary school, equipped with seeds, compost and lots of gardening advice.

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Location

Paradise Park

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

Paradise Park Garden Centre had another big THANK YOU this week from Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. We managed to raise almost £500 during this year’s appeal! Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause.

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Location

Paradise Park

Breakwater Academy receives a visitor

Paradise Park Garden Centre has received a big ‘Thank You’ from Breakwater Academy after our resident plant doctor David Fitton MBE visited their gardening club with tips, practical advice and some free gardening equipment. They are really looking forward to helping their new plants grow!

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Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Dig It at South Downs Heritage Centre

Well, what a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend we’ve had! It’s been a weekend of firsts for us – South Downs Nurseries had its first live Broadcast of the BBC Radio Sussex show Dig It, presented by Joe Talbot. Jim Buttress returned and joined Paradise Park’s resident plant doctor David Fitton MBE on the panel and […]

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Location

Paradise Park

Seahaven First Responders Fundraiser

The Seahaven First Community Responders raised a massive £321.73 fundraising at Paradise Park last week! This will allow them to partially equip a new volunteer within the Seahaven area to respond to 999 calls. A big thank you to everyone who donated.

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Location

Paradise Park

Easter Egg Colouring Competition Winner

Alex from Seaford is our Easter Egg Colouring Competition winner for Paradise Park Garden Centre! Here he is with a little help from his younger brother Lucas, receiving his prize from Sales Director Mark Gilbert.

April

Published

April 21, 2017


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Garden Centre Book Donations

Mayberry Garden Centre have just issued a cheque to the Brighton Lions and Adur East Lions for an amazing £444.00 – raised from book donations alone in the last 3 months! Thank you to everyone for supporting this worthy cause.

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Location

Paradise Park

A Poem brings a Happy Easter

A visiting customer from Cornwall, who was recuperating from an ankle injury in nearby Ardingley, was caught by the poetic muse and the wonderful selection of plants at Paradise Park and luckily decided to put down her words for their ‘Poems for Plants’ competition 2017. Susi was thrilled to have won first prize of a […]

March

Published

March 29, 2017


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Vale Park Makeover

Portslade’s Vale Park has had a makeover thanks to the hard work of a Scout Group, and the generosity of a local garden centre. Friends of Vale Park have been working hard to improve the appearance of the open space for the residents, and the decision to hold a community planting morning was made as […]

Published

March 27, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Harbour Primary School

Paradise Park paid a visit to Harbour Primary School’s gardening club in Newhaven with a donation of bags of compost and seeds to help kickstart their Spring gardening. Photo: Tony Chaplin(left) Gardening Club Teacher with Harbour Primary School children & Mark Gilbert, Paradise Park (right)

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Location

South Downs Nurseries

Local Brownie Group receives donation from garden centre

South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks donated pots and compost to the 5th Burgess Hill Brownies, who surprised their Mums with handmade Mother’s Day gifts on Sunday. Each Brownie hand painted a terracotta pot and planted it up to make a unique and personal gift for Mum. Snowy Owl, Zena Cope, was thrilled with the donation […]

Published

March 22, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Annecy School in Seaford

Paradise Park have donated compost, plants & tools to Annecy school in Seaford for their after school gardening club. Margery is giving up her own time to start running this club and they desperately need some compost & plants to help breath life back into the neglected outside garden. Luckily Paradise Park Garden Centre stepped […]

Published

March 21, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Garden Re-leaf 2017

Friday 17th was Garden Releaf Day nationwide, when funds are raised for Greenfingers Charity, the charity that creates special gardens for children’s hospices. At Paradise Park we were kindly supported during the day by Seaford Evening Flower Club doing a demonstration and raffling their displays for the charity. Lucky squares also proved popular hosted at the Infocentre by David […]

Published

March 8, 2017


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry plants featured on ‘The Home Game’

Mayberry Garden Centre were proud to have their plants featured on the new ITV daytime series, ‘The Home Game’ presented by Linda Barker. Plant Manager Vic Knight along with her colleagues assisted to transform one lucky contestants back garden in Shoreham with a variety of Bamboo’s, Cordylines and an array of garden plants. The Home […]

February

Published

February 28, 2017


Location

All Garden Centres

Wild Bird Quiz Competition Winner

Congratulations to 9-year-old Caitlin Crawley from Hassocks, who was named winner of the Wild Bird Quiz Competition for South Downs Nurseries during Birdcare Week, and has won some lovely wild bird goodies for her garden! She is very excited and can’t wait to set up her new feeding station. Here is Sarah presenting her with […]

Published

February 15, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Brian Vernon Charity Book Sale

Last weekend Paradise Park Garden Centre held a book sale to raise essential funds for the care of Peacehaven resident Brian Vernon, raising £150! Here is his daughter Sharon manning the stall. For more information on how to raise funds or donate to Brian’s fund, please visit http://brianvernon.co.uk/

Published

February 14, 2017


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Victorian Art Causes a Stir

Victorian art on display at the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks as part of their ‘Romance’ art exhibition caused quite a stir with visitors last week. The work had to be removed from The Edwin Budding Gallery after several complaints from visitors who said they were offended by the work, which consists of a […]

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Location

Paradise Park

Valentine Love Week Winners

If you knew that the lovely Mimosa, which is just coming into flower means ( in the language of flowers) ‘secret love’, or Bluebell  means ‘constancy’ you would have been in with a chance in Paradise Park’s latest Love Week Competition, drawn today to celebrate Valentines Day. Luckily Jim and Rita Brown were amongst the […]

Published

February 13, 2017


Location

Paradise Park

Breakwater Academy

Breakwater Academy (formally Meeching Valley School) was keen to reward pupils who had achieved 100% attendance in their school terms and were looking for suitable donations from local companies. Paradise Park, Newhaven their local family run garden centre stepped in to help with suitable gifts for the pupils aged between 5 and 11. Sales Director, […]

Published

February 2, 2017


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Volunteers Wanted

The Budding Foundation are forming a group of volunteers, to both help promote the charity, and maintain the collection at the Museum of Gardening, based at the South Downs Heritage Centre. They are looking for enthusiastic individuals who can spare a few hours a week. If you have previous engineering experience, or just good D.I.Y. skills […]

January

Published

January 26, 2017


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

The Budding Foundation set to double its fundraising total in 2017

The Budding Foundation, a charity that helps young people in Sussex, is set to more than double its total fundraising figure for the coming year after setting up home at the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks. Clive Gravett, a gardening historian and the charity’s founder, set up the Museum of Gardening at the centre […]

December

Published

December 29, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries & Mayberry Garden Centre

Garden Centres raise £11k for charity at Christmas

Santa’s charity-run grottos at South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, and Mayberry Garden Centre, Portslade, collectively raised over £11,000 in the run up to Christmas this year. Almost 3,000 children visited the ‘Man with the bag’ across November and December, with many customers also making charitable donations to his elves carrying buckets outside the grotto. All profits […]

Published

December 14, 2016


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

3-foot-tall chocolate Santa helps local charities

A giant 8kg chocolate Santa, donated by Alice’s Chocolate & Patisserie in Hassocks, has raised £765 for two Sussex charities in the run up to Christmas. The Budding Foundation, a charity that helps young people in Sussex, held a raffle at the South Downs Heritage Centre Hassocks and raised £600. The lucky winner, Antonia Vowles […]

Published

December 8, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital Donation

Paradise Park Garden Centre kindly donated a real xmas tree and tree decorations to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton Mark Gilbert , Sales Director of Tates Garden Centres is pictured handing over the real tree and tree decorations to Amy Farmer a Play Specialist on the Children’s ward and an image of the […]

Published

December 6, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

St Peters & St James

South Downs Nurseries recently donated an indoor water fountain to St Peter & St James Hospice for use in their Sanctuary. The Sanctuary, formerly the Chapel, has just been updated and redecorated to provide a quiet space for reflection and relaxation. It is hoped that the gentle flowing water will provide a soothing and therapeutic […]

Published

December 5, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Lost Cats of Brighton

During the Christmas late night Mayberry Garden Centre held a Tombola in the Pets Shop to raise money for Lost Cats who are based in Portslade. The charity is run entirely by volunteers. On the night our fantastic customers raised £120.00. Mayberry added a further £50.00 so Lost Cats could buy food/toys/litter & beds all very […]

November

Published

November 29, 2016


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

The Cheesemonger’s Diary – World Cheese Awards 2016

On Wednesday 16th November the World Cheese Awards were held in San Sebastian, situated in the beautiful Basque Region of Northern Spain. The Guild of Fine Foods based in Dorset expertly arranged the collation of 3000 cheeses from around the world, which were then split across 66 tables, each containing about 45 cheeses awaiting their […]

Published

November 23, 2016


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

‘Valuation for a Donation’ event raises more than £700 for Children in Need

Jonathan Pratt, a familiar face from TVs ‘Flog It’ and Bargain Hunt programmes was at the Heritage Centre in Hassocks on Friday 18th November raising money for Children in Need alongside fellow antique experts, including Dendy Easton, a regular on Antiques Roadshow. Over a hundred people brought antiques in to be valued and Radio presenter, […]

Published

November 21, 2016


Location

South Downs Heritage Centre

Local Cheesemonger to Judge at World Cheese Awards

Local Hassocks cheesemonger, Paul Heasman, jetted off to the European Capital of Culture, San Sebastián, in Spain this week to take up his usual spot as a leading judge at the prestigious World Cheese Awards. Having dedicated more than 30 years of his life to cheese, Paul is well known in the cheese industry. Paul […]

Published

November 15, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Charity Car Wash 2016

Despite near washout conditions, Steyning’s 1140 Air Cadet Squadron braved the rain to raise a record amount for the Royal British Legion at their annual charity car wash. The event, held at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade, raised over £350 despite some of the worst rainfall in recent weeks. The cadets were washing vehicles belonging […]

October

Published

October 24, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Jewel the lost dog

Good News! The lost doggy has gone back home! Jewel the cuddly dog was found at South Downs Nurseries by staff last week and the task began to try and get him home. After being shared and viewed by over 1000 people on Facebook, his owner, 7-year-old Willow Deegan, from Hove was found. Here she […]

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Location

All Garden Centres

Charity Coffee Morning 2016

Tates of Sussex Garden Centres held their annual Charity Coffee Morning on the 7th October to raise money for local hospices. The total raised across all three garden centres for the morning was £1668 and a great time was had by all! Paradise Park : The charity coffee morning held at Paradise Park Garden Centre in […]

Published

October 12, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Albion in the Community

Mayberry Garden Centre recently donated some plants to the team from ‘Albion in the Community’ for a garden at a local residential home in Brighton. Our plant expert, Clare, carefully selected some great specimens to provide colour and interest all year round. Good luck with the planting!

September

Published

September 29, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

A Fond Farewell

Today we say a very fond farewell to South Downs Nurseries’ longest serving employee, Michael Stevenson. Michael started working at the original garden centre in 1974, long before it was purchased by the Tate family. We wish Michael a very long and happy retirement.

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Location

Paradise Park

Blooms Galore

Newhaven in Bloom held their winners celebration at Paradise Park last weekend. Despite being a difficult year weather-wise for gardeners, they put on some impressive displays and collected their prizes, sponsored by Paradise Park, from Newhaven Mayor Steve Saunders. Among those who triumphed where the residents of Ellis Gordon Court who won Best Community Garden, […]

Published

September 2, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Owls Out And About

The Owls ‘Out and About’ team were raising money for local charities at South Downs Nurseries over the bank holiday weekend.   Thanks to everyone who donated!        

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Location

Paradise Park

Sussex At Home Weekend

As part of their ‘Sussex at Home’ Weekend, Paradise Park Garden Centre were pleased to show case plants from a local supplier, Farplants, near Chichester. They kindly donated a selection of plants for a free raffle, with voluntary donations going to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. Richard Elliott from Farplants drew the winning ticket, which […]

August

Published

August 24, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Royal Air Force Air Cadets 75th Anniversary

On the 19th August 2016, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets of 1218 Newhaven Squadron took part in celebrations to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps. As part of the celebration there was a Torch relay and the Cadets were joined by the East Sussex Fire and Rescue crew who held demonstrations […]

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Location

Paradise Park

Grass Roots Training

Tates Garden Centres is a firm believer in training at grass root level for its next generation of future managers and none more so than at Paradise Park, Newhaven. They have just seen their apprentice Luke Gibbs complete his Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in horticulture at Plumpton College Mark  Gilbert,  Sales Director explains ‘ Lukes’s  interest […]

July

Published

July 28, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Benfield Primary School

Benfield Primary School rounded off another academic year with a donation of pond plants from Mayberry Garden Centre. The Portslade school received a variety of frog-friendly-flora for their new eco nature area, set up to help educate the children about pond life.

Published

July 20, 2016


Location

Paradise Park Garden Centre

Cheneys Lodge

Residents in Cheneys Lodge, Seaford will now be able to enjoy growing vegetables in their new greenhouse installed by Paradise Park Garden Centre. Cheneys Lodge is part of Sussex Housing & Care, formed in 1946 by a group of local residents. The supporters and employees of the organisation still work towards the organisation’s initial aim […]

Published

July 7, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill Fire and Rescue Service

South Downs Nurseries had a visit from the fire brigade on Thursday 7th July. There was no emergency, just a drop-in advice centre as part of their annual Summer Drink Driving and Texting campaign. Customers took part in a quiz, and 4 firefighters from the Burgess Hill Fire and Rescue Service were on hand to […]

Published

July 6, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Peacehaven Open Gardens 2016

Paradise Park, Newhaven a family run garden centre has once again helped to host the Peacehaven Open Gardens Awards. The annual event now in its third year was held over the weekend of June 25th & 26th and featured 10 establishments in the area, ranging from front and back gardens to allotments. Mark Curtis, Plant […]

June

Published

June 23, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Newhaven Planters

Newhaven Town Councillor Simon Barnes who represents the Town Council on the Sussex Community Rail Partnership has brought together a group of local business people to brighten up Newhaven Town station. Partners including Paradise Park, a family run garden centre led by Mark Gilbert, Sales Director and Burleys part of TCL group, grounds management team, […]

Published

June 21, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Garden Centre Goes Intergalactic for Father’s Day

Sunday 19th June saw South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, turn to the Dark Side for a Father’s Day full of fun activities and fantastic prizes. Excited children and parents alike got to meet the man himself, Darth Vader, and other Star Wars characters who came for the day and made their presence known across the whole […]

Published

June 13, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Best Pet Competition Winner

Paradise Park, Newhaven gathered their ‘Best Pet’ Competition winner’s together at the Garden Centre to present them with their prizes. The competition was the finale of National Pet Month where customers were asked to send in a photo of their pet and tell them in 30 words or less why their pet is the BEST! […]

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Location

South Downs Nurseries

Best Pet Competition Winner

South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks concluded their recent ‘Best Pet’ competition with the presentation of prizes to four local pets and their owners. The competition, which ran from the 1st-31st May to coincide with National Pet Month, received hundreds of entries across four different categories – Dog, Cat, Reptiles/Amphibians, and Small Animal. “We asked for […]

Published

June 3, 2016


Location

Paradise Park Garden Centre

Bee Colouring Competition Winner

A recent Honey and Wildlife Event at Paradise Park was held to encourage the next generation to look after Mother Nature. A fun side to this was for children to enter a bee colouring competition and to learn all the amazing facts of Honey. Competition winner Ava had certainly used her imagination in her coloured […]

Published

June 1, 2016


Location

Paradise Park Garden Centre

Design a Duck House Competition Winner

The winner of the Paradise Park ‘Design a Duck House’ competition is Matthew Page, aged 10, with his floating crocodile duck house design. The ducks move into their new home today, designed by 10 year old Matthew Page. Let’s hope the move goes swimmingly. They’d be quackers not to love it … we certainly think […]

May

Published

May 10, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Adur East Lions defibrillator donation

A local garden centre now has a defibrillator on site thanks to a generous donation from Adur East Lions. Last November the Argus newspaper began a campaign to try and get as many defibrillators placed into the Community, something which current Lions President Jim Pummell decided to take forward. The Adur East Lions have a […]

Published

May 9, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

St Mary de Haura Church Handbell Ringers

The St Mary de Haura Church Handbell Ringers raised nearly £100 for the RNLI Shoreham during their hour’s performance at a local garden centre. St. Mary de Haura Church Handbell Ringers is a well-established local group that has been in existence for over 40 years. The handbells themselves were found in St. Mary’s Church tower. […]

April

Published

April 20, 2016


Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Friends of Stoneham Park

Planters in a Hove park got a scented spruce up this month after a donation form a local garden centre. The friends of Stoneham Park received a donation of rosemary and Lavender from Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade, which has been planted in the public space to improve the look for visitors to the park. […]

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Paradise Park

Charity Car Wash at Paradise Park 2016

Newhaven Air Cadets were brushing up on their cleaning skills this weekend when they descended on Paradise Park to take part in a Charity Car Wash. The Garden Centre had organised the event with the local cadets with the idea that customers had their car cleaned and then made a donation to the troop All […]

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Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Charity Car Wash at Mayberry Garden Centre 2016

A local scout group took a massive step towards their summer camp after spending a day washing local’s cars for donations at a Portslade Garden Centre. Second Steyning Scouts, who were carrying out their third annual charity car wash at Mayberry Garden Centre took advantage of the good weather bringing in plenty of green fingered […]

March

Published

March 24, 2016


Location

South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill District Lions Charity Book Sale

The Burgess Hill District Lions held their charity book sale and tombola at South Downs Nurseries on Sunday 20 March. The event was a huge success with many books sold and lots more donated to support those in need in the local area. “I am delighted that the book sale was such a fantastic success”, […]

Published

March 21, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Garden Re-Leaf Charity Day

The nationwide horticultural day to raise funds for Greenfingers charity took place last Friday. They create gardens at children’s hospices, to give children and their families time together to enjoy outside spaces- 49 have so far been created. The ladies of Seaford Evening Flower Club kindly gave their time to do three splendid demonstrations, and […]

Published

March 18, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Garden Re-Leaf Day Raffle

Our first raffle winner Dawn Martin receiving her prize. Dawn won a wonderful flower arrangement made by the Seaford Evening Flower Club who gave up their time today to help raise money for the The ‘Greenfingers Charity’. Come along to the Garden Centre and help support this wonderful charity (making a difference to the lives […]

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Location

Mayberry Garden Centre

Fletchers Croft receives a splash of spring colour

Fletchers Croft Carpark , Steyning, has recently received a splash of beautiful spring colour from a local garden centre. Mayberry Garden Centre, in Portslade, part of the Tates family run group of garden centres, provided the Steyning U3A Gardening Group with a large donation of plants for two raised flower beds, in need brightening up. […]

Published

March 15, 2016


Location

Paradise Park

Orchids in Paradise

Customers and orchid lovers had a treat on Sunday when members of the Mid Sussex Orchid Society put on a show at Paradise Park. Pictured are society members Gary and Maria Firth, John, John, Jenny and Christine. The stars of the show were too numerous to mention individually, but included the beautiful terrestrial orchid Pleione […]

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March 14, 2016


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South Downs Heritage Centre

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South Downs Heritage Centre

Heritage Potters fired up after successful opening weekend!

The Sussex Heritage Potters were the first community group to display their work to the public at the new South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks last weekend. Andrea Arogyaswamy, Samantha Russell, Gail Anderson & Steve Gubbins, all from Mid Sussex, were thrilled with the public response to their work. “The new barn is an amazing […]

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March 7, 2016


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Paradise Park

Bonsai Club March 2016

Eastbourne and Wealden Bonsai Club held a workshop at Paradise Park this weekend (5th & 6th March) to demonstrate how to look after your bonsai. The free workshop held within the garden centre gave customers top tips such as how to prune your bonsai at the right time and having the confidence to know when […]

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Paradise Park

Colouring Competition Winner

Half Term Drawing Competition Winner ‘Maddy’ aged 5 is pictured receiving her prizes at Paradise Park. The Garden Centre as a part of ‘National Nest Box Week’ had organised a Bird colouring competition in its newly refurbished Coffee Shop.

February

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February 15, 2016


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Paradise Park

Carrier Bag Fundraiser for St Wilfreds

Paradise Park Garden Centre recently presented St.Wilfrid’s Hospice with a cheque for £150 from monies collected from the introduction of the government’s carrier bag tax Simon Cosham, charity events coordinator at St Wilfrid’s who received the cheque was very grateful and explained how the money raised was integral to keeping the hospice running as they […]

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Paradise Park

Happy Match for Valentine Competition

A very happy customer from Paradise Park managed to match all 10 romantic quotes with the people who said them, to win a lovely planted arrangement and chocolates to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 4 Pictured are Paradise Park’s Plant Doctor, Mr. David Fitton and Rita Whitton from the Houseplant Department, presenting Ren Bleming with her well won […]

December

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December 4, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

West Blatchington Primary School Christmas cheer

A local garden centre has come to the aid of a Primary School, bringing festive cheer and helping bring a little Christmas to the corridors. Mayberry Garden Centre, based in Portslade have donated two real Christmas trees to West Blatchington Primary School which are now in pride of place for the children to enjoy up […]

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Paradise Park

Seaford County Primary School receive Christmas tree

Seaford County Primary School were delighted to receive a freshly cut Norway Spruce Christmas Tree from their local Garden Centre, Paradise Park at Newhaven. The year 2 children were given the honour of decorating the tree with the help of some teachers, all in preparation for their Christmas Fayre at the school.

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December 2, 2015


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All Garden Centres

Late Night Shopping Extravaganza

We had a fantastic turnout last night for our Late Night Shopping Extravaganza! Visitors flocked to each of our 3 garden centres to enjoy a festive evening filled with seasonal music, local food & drink tastings and many special offers. Over 3,000 mince pies were given away, that’s one every 4 seconds! Paradise Park the […]

November

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November 10, 2015


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Paradise Park

Halloween Half Term Competition Winners

A recent family trip to Paradise Park over the half term turned out to be a fantastic visit for the Taylor – Page family as they were the lucky winners of the ‘Batty Bats’ competition. Those spooky bats had hidden themselves around the garden centre and were waiting to be found by every visitor over […]

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November 9, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Charity Car Wash 2015

A record amount was raised at a charity car wash last weekend collecting money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The 1140 (Steyning) Air Cadets set up their charitable sponges and buckets at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade, charging customers to leave with a gleaming vehicle in the name of fundraising. Despite the wet […]

October

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October 22, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

The Shoreham Airport Community Memorial

The Shoreham Airport Community Memorial has recently been spruced up thanks to a donation from a local garden centre. Mayberry Garden Centre, in Portslade, part of the Tates family run group of garden centres provided the memorial with a bulk delivery of white pebbles to brighten and revive the display. Retail Manager, Martin Barrett, kindly […]

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October 13, 2015


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All Garden Centres

Charity Coffee Morning 2015

Local hospices received over £1500 from the fundraising activities of three family run garden centres last Friday. The Tates of Sussex garden centres each held a charity coffee morning in aid of their local hospice where the profits from all hot drink sales along with fundraising activities including tombolas, raffles and Christmas card sales helped […]

September

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September 30, 2015


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Paradise Park

A Happy Anniversary!

Seaford Evening Flower Club are celebrating their busy 35th. anniversary year this year and have created a lovely Japanese themed display at Paradise Park. The group are members of Nafas, the National Association of Flower Arrangers and meet at St. Luke’s Church, Seaford on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm. They organise demonstrations […]

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September 9, 2015


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South Downs Nurseries

The Sussex Chrysanthemum & Dahlia annual society show 2015

The Sussex Chrysanthemum & Dahlia annual society show was held at South Downs Nurseries, the society had 32 exhibits from around the country with awards being given, The awards consisted of Silver & Bronze plaques. The society has been running since 1966.  

August

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August 13, 2015


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South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill District Lions Car Boot Sale 2015

The Burgess Hill District Lions Car Boot Sale, kindly hosted by South Downs Nurseries, was held on Saturday 8th August and was a roaring success, raising £772 for local good causes. The cars were queuing from 7am for the event, with over 70 cars taking part and buyers turning out in their hundreds to find […]

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August 7, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Emergency Services Day 2015

The fourth annual emergency services day at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade was hailed a success as children from the local area piled into the free event to meet the volunteers. In store for them on arrival was the Fire Brigade, RNLI, Coast Watch, British Red Cross, two Police departments, Guide Dogs and a Teddy […]

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August 6, 2015


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South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill District Lions Car Boot Sale

The Burgess Hill District Lions Car Boot Sale, kindly hosted by South Downs Nurseries, was held on Saturday 8th August and was a roaring success, raising £772 for local good causes. The cars were queuing from 7am for the event, with over 70 cars taking part and buyers turning out in their hundreds to find […]

July

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July 9, 2015


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Paradise Park

New Soft Play at Paradise Park

Local kids have given a big ‘Thumbs up’ to a new under 5’s soft play area at Paradise Park, Newhaven. The new layout and update has been a joint effort between Paradise Park and another Sussex based company Sport & Play who specialize in designing/installing children’s play areas. Sales Director, Mark Gilbert explains ‘We have […]

May

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May 20, 2015


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Paradise Park

New Dugong Attraction at Paradise Park

An exciting new display in the Planet Earth exhibition at Paradise Park, Newhaven will strike a chord with avid fans of the popular CBeebies series Sarah and Duck that features a ‘Dugong’ otherwise known as a ‘Seacow’. Of course fans of the award winning series will know the central character Sarah and her best friend […]

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May 19, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Grass is Greener for Primary School Thanks to Helping Hand

A Portslade School’s quest to improve their outdoor space for the pupils took another step towards reality with a donation from their local garden centre. Just one year ago, the Parent Teacher Association and the Deputy Head of St Nicolas CE School on Locks Hill set up a working group to raise funds and design […]

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May 7, 2015


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Paradise Park

Nick Clegg Visits Paradise Park

Paradise Park, Newhaven were delighted to host a flying visit from the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Sunday 3rd May. The Deputy Prime Minister and local MP Norman Baker were given a tour of the garden centre by Jonathan Tate, Managing Director of the Family run Sussex business. Their focus was to see the […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Bee & Wildlife Competition Winner 2015

Birdie Bea Bonner-Williams from Shoreham by Sea, aged four, was the lucky winner of Mayberry Garden Centre’s Bee and Wildlife Weekend colouring competition, pictured receiving her prize from the family run store’s Manager Martin Barrett. Her entry we picked from over 50 entries from the three day event at the Portslade garden centre.

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Bunny Hunt 2015

Emily Barden from Portslade was the lucky winner of Mayberry Garden Centre’s Easter Bunny Hunt, pictured here picking up her prize from Retail Manager Martin Barrett. Picked from over 200 correct entries, Emily was delighted to receive a selection of chocolates provided by the event’s sponsor Lindt Chocolate. The free competition at the family run […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Easter Egg Draw 2015

Over £150 was raised for local good causes by the Adur East Lions Club Easter Egg Raffle which took place at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade. Such was the popularity of the even a second egg had to be added after the 100 tickets for the first ran out long before Good Friday. Gillian Anderson, […]

April

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April 30, 2015


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South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill in Bloom 2015

South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks hosted the launch of “Burgess Hill in Bloom”, Summer competition encouraging local residents to enter their gardens into the competition. Any local resident is welcome to take part, whatever their gardening ability, the catagories include Best Front Garden, Best Garden Design and Best Vegetable Garden. The closing date is 3rd […]

March

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March 31, 2015


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Paradise Park

Greenfingers Charity Day at Paradise Park

Things were all a-buzz at Paradise Park on Friday 27th. for the Garden Centre industry’s national day for raising funds for Greenfingers charity, who create magical gardens for children’s hospices. In their latest appeal (The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ Appeal), they aim to raise £7500 nationwide over a two year period, to create at least another ten […]

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March 30, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Charity Car Wash 2015

Over £200 was raised by car washing scouts despite the wet weather over the weekend. The 2nd Steyning troop were stationed at Mayberry Garden Centre, offering their services with a bucket and sponge to customers to the Portslade store. This is the second time the youth group have taken part in the event. Jayne Michalska, […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill District Lion’s Club Annual Book Sale 2015

The Burgess Hill District Lion’s club held their annual Book Sale at South Downs Nurseries on Saturday 21st March where they raised over £150. Shown in the picture is Lion John Gee, Ken Saunders, Norman Evenden from Burgess Hill District Lion’s. The monies raised will go towards helping local charities within the Burgess Hill and […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Martin Nee – 4 Seasons

Local artist, Martin Nee, has been commissioned to design a centrepiece for the newly opened Barn Coffee shop and Restaurant at South Downs, to commemorate the completion of phase 1 of the Art, Design & Heritage Centre due to open early 2016. Martin is one of the most innovative artists working in modern contemporary art […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Patrons Tea at South Downs Nurseries

The Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra hosted their annual ‘Patrons Tea’ at the new South Downs Nurseries Coffee shop on Sunday 22 March. The new Heritage Centre, set for completion by Spring 2016, is the newest patron of the Orchestra and it is hoped that this will be the first of many successful partnerships that see […]

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March 11, 2015


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Over £500 raised for local RNLI

Over £500 was raised for the local RNLI as they celebrated their 150th anniversary at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade. Fun and games for the kids as well as a raffle and tombola were in store for visitors to the family run Tates garden centre over last weekend, as part of the garden centre was […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

National Bird Care Week Competition Winner

4 year old Elsie was the lucky winner of Mayberry Garden Centre’s bird colouring competition during National Bird Care Week, and was delighted with her prize, presented to her by the family run garden centre’s manager Andy Hesketh. Elsie was one of over one hundred entries to the free competition, which was one of the […]

February

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February 19, 2015


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Paradise Park

Valentine’s poetry competition winners

First prize in a Newhaven Valentine’s poetry competition was won by Jill Hentschel with her poem ‘You are my Love’ (pictured receiving her prize). The runner-up at Paradise Park was Marlene Yates with ‘You are my North’, and third prizewinner was Mo Payne with the humorous ‘My heart is like a cabbage’. “Our thanks to […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Craft Day Masterpieces

Mia Taggart wowed visitors to Tates Garden Centres over the weekend with her cake masterpieces, and lifted the lid on a few tips, whilst getting kids involved with some biscuit icing fun! Mia was at Paradise Park (Newhaven), South Downs Nurseries (Hassocks) and Mayberry Garden Centre (Portslade) as part of the introduction to craft weekend […]

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February 11, 2015


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Paradise Park

Colossal Craft Themed Cake

This colossal craft themed cake is entirely edible and has been beautifully crafted by Mia Taggart, aka the little cake fairy. Mia, from Burgess Hill, would normally sell one of her bespoke masterpieces for up to £100 has donated this one for a charity raffle to raise money for premature baby charity Tommy’s. As part […]

January

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January 30, 2015


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Paradise Park

Fundraising event for local hospice raises £200

Paradise Park were pleased to hold a fundraising event for St Wilfreds Hospice which raised over £200. The event culminated in one lucky entrant to the prize draw winning a beautiful handmade Christmas cake decorated with a snow scene and a framed picture of the original snow scene. The Christmas cake was donated by cake […]

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January 8, 2015


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Charity Raffle at Paradise Park

Photo: (l-r) Simon Cosham-St Wilfrid’s and Mark Gilbert-Paradise Park A recent Charity Raffle at Paradise Park, Newhaven in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice raised a fantastic £160.Local artist Lesley Harvey had donated a signed caricature framed picture and local Cake maker/decorator Lynda Locke had donated a handmade Christmas Cake as the main prizes for the raffle. […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Visits to Santa

Visits to Santa’s grotto at two family run garden centres to the tune of £11,000 have resulted in local good causes benefitting from the charity run scheme. The Hove and Adur East Lions ran their grotto at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade, and Burgess Hill Lions at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks through November and […]

December

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December 23, 2014


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Paradise Park

Father Christmas arrives at Paradise Park

Photo: Santa & Newhaven Mayor Judith Ost surrounded by children The children gathered with their Santa letters all hoping to catch a glimpse of the jolly fellow and they were not disappointed when he swept into Paradise Park, Newhaven with all his presents and Elf helpers. Karen Sexton chief Grotto organiser explains’ We are very […]

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December 15, 2014


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday Morning saw the first ever breakfast with Santa run by the Lions Club, and it was hailed a success by all involved. The event took place at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade where Father Christmas already has residence in his grotto every weekend before Christmas, but as the garden centre’s Manager Darren Clift explains […]

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December 9, 2014


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South Downs Nurseries

Chestnut Tree House Teddy Tombola

South Downs Nurseries were pleased to hold a Teddy Tombola on Saturday 6th December with Chestnut Tree House and helped to raise £480 to this great cause. Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive […]

November

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November 18, 2014


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Remembrance Week Charity Car Wash

Fundraising activities in the name of the poppy appeal raised over £1000 for the British Legion during Remembrance Week at a local garden centre. Mayberry, the family run Tates garden centre in Portslade carried out a number of fundraising activities at their site, including their traditional charity carwash with 1140 (Steyning) Cadets washing customer’s cars […]

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November 13, 2014


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Regional HTA Christmas Card Competition Winner

Chloe Longley (pictured above) holding her winning picture for the regional HTA Christmas card competition where she won £50 worth of National Garden gift vouchers. Chloe was one of 7 runners up, the overall winner won £150 of garden goodies and the winning picture used nationwide.

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November 10, 2014


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Paradise Park

Charity Car Wash November 2014

Newhaven Air Cadets were brushing up on their cleaning skills this weekend when they descended on Paradise Park to take part in a Charity Car Wash. The Garden Centre had organised the event with the local cadets with the idea that customers had their car cleaned and then made a donation, which went to the […]

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November 4, 2014


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Paradise Park

Halloween Half Term Fun 2014

Visitors to Paradise Park got an unexpected shock when they visited the Terrace Cafe at Halloween this year as their meals were served by Ulrike, who became a Halloween witch for the day. Ulrika has worked at Paradise Park for over 8 years and is responsible for producing thousands of frighteningly good meals at Paradise […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Youth of today support the ‘Poppy Appeal’

In the year that marks the centenary of the start of one of the costliest conflicts in our history, South Downs Nurseries is thanking everyone who supported the Poppy Appeal for the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. When you donate to the Poppy Appeal you help: •    bereaved families […]

October

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October 13, 2014


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All Garden Centres

Charity Coffee Morning 2014

Over £1500 was raised for local hospices at a charity event where coffee took centre stage. Tates Garden Centres held their annual charity coffee morning on October 10th, with customers asked merely to buy a cup of coffee, with the family run company sending their hot drink profits to the local charities. Paradise Park in […]

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October 6, 2014


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Paradise Park

Poppy Inspired Display

Pupils of Denton Primary School gratefully received a donation of plants from Paradise Park Garden Centre at Newhaven for their poppy inspired display as part of the school’s World War One commemorations. Mark Gilbert, Sales Director explains ’we received a request for help from Head teacher Caitlin Yapp in creating the poppy display made of […]

September

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September 15, 2014


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South Downs Nurseries

Just Owls at South Downs Nurseries 2014

Hundreds of people flocked to South Downs Nuresries on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September to see a fantastic display of owls. Back by popular demand “Just Owls” showed of their impressive birds of prey giving advice and and letting members of the public hold the owls for a donation to charity.

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September 11, 2014


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South Downs Nurseries

Sussex Bonsai Group 2014

The Sussex Bonsai Group held their annual show at South Downs Nurseries on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August where they were showing a vast aray of Bonsai. Hundreds of people came to speak to the Bonsai enthusiasts who were giving advice and demonstrations on how to look after Bonsai. Ken Norman President of the […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Sussex Chrysanthemum & Dahlia society show 2014

The Sussex Chrysanthemum & Dahlia society show was held at South Downs Nurseries 9th September. They had 32 exhibits from around the country with awards being given, The awards consisted of Silver & Bronze plaques. The society has been running since 1966 and they have 2 shows a year, the early show which is held […]

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September 3, 2014


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Paradise Park

Drawing Competition Winners 2014

Budding artists of all ages took part in a recent drawing extravaganza competition at Paradise Park, Newhaven during the school holidays. The brief was to draw or paint from memory their best experiences of the summer. Judging the competition was local artist Lesley Harvey, whose cartoon captions regularly appear in the ‘Seaford Scene’ magazine. Helping […]

August

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August 18, 2014


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South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill District Lions Car Boot Sale 2014

Burgess Hill District Lion’s held their annual “Car Boot Sale” at South Downs Nurseries on Saturday 16th August and it was a great success. Over £830 was raised for “Burgess Hill District Lion’s local charities” with over 78 cars attending. Hundreds of people came not only to support the charity but to pick a bargain. […]

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August 12, 2014


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Emergency Services Day 2014

Over 200 local children came with their parents to a local garden centre to enjoy a free day dedicated to the emergency services. In its third year, Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade gave over a section of its car park to all the emergency services for a hands on fun filled morning of entertainment. As […]

July

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July 11, 2014


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Paradise Park

Peacehaven Open Garden Awards 2014

Paradise Park, Newhaven a family run garden centre has once again helped to host the Peacehaven Open Gardens Awards. The annual event now in its second year was held over the weekend of June28th & 29th and featured eight establishments in the area, ranging from front and back gardens to allotments. Mark Curtis, Plant Manager […]

June

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June 25, 2014


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Hove MP Weatherley Thanks Mayberry for Community Garden Support

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has praised Mayberry Garden Centre for their generous support of a local community garden by providing some desperately needed equipment, after receiving a call for help in his newsletter. In one of Mike’s recent weekly emails to residents, a call was made for anyone […]

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June 11, 2014


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Paradise Park

Best Pet Competition Winner at Paradise Park 2014

Paradise Park, Newhaven gathered their ‘Best Pet’ Competition winner’s together at the Garden Centre to present them with their prizes. The competition was the finale of National Pet Month where customers were asked to send in a photo of their pet and tell them in 30 words or less why their pet is the BEST! […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Meet the Ponies

13 month old Marlow Jupp had a fantastic first encounter of the equestrian type when he met Lucy the pony at Mayberry Garden Centre on Saturday. Lucy and Skye, from the pony club “How to Train Ur Human” were a huge hit at the family run garden centre with visitors able to meet, feed and […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Roger Muselle of Roger’s Wildlife with a rescued baby fox cub

“Roger Muselle of Roger’s Wildlife with a rescued baby fox cub. The creature was one of many that Roger had brought along to Mayberry Garden Centre on Sunday 25th May. Customers of the Portslade store met Roger and some of the animals he had rescued as he raised money for his Woddingdean based charity. Manager […]

May

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May 13, 2014


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South Downs Nurseries

Diggers move in as new craft centre gets underway

As work begins on a new £2.5 million pound Sussex craft and heritage centre project in Hassocks, the search begins to unearth commercial craft partners and a wide range of craftsmen and women in the county to become involved in the exciting venture. The first phase at the South Downs Heritage Centre and Nurseries incorporates […]

April

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April 28, 2014


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Paradise Park

Sensory Garden For School Children

St Andrews CofE Infants School PTA teamed up with Paradise Park when planning a new project to add a splash of colour to the outside spaces at school. Paradise Park donated a large number of items including carefully selected sensory plants, insect houses, a weather feature, wind chimes, ornaments to match the names of the […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Easter Gift That Just Kept Giving

The residents of a local nursing home were on the receiving end of an unexpected Easter treat after a mystery prize winner donated their chocolate egg to them. The Adur East Lions were running their annual Easter egg raffle and one lucky name out of the hat choose to extend the spirit of giving and […]

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April 2, 2014


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All Garden Centres

£1000 Raised Cleaning Cars

Local youth groups washed customer’s cars to raise money for good causes last weekend. Tates Garden Centres’ three centres all had a charity car washed staged in their car park, with scout troops armed with sponges and buckets in the name of good causes. The combined efforts of the groups local to Mayberry Garden Centre […]

March

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March 27, 2014


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All Garden Centres

Lions Club Charity Book Sale 2014

The Burgess Hill District Lion’s club held their annual Book Sale at South Downs Nurseries on Sunday 23rd March where they raised just over £300. Paradise Park also raised over £200 for the Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford District Lions at their annual Book Sale event. The monies raised will go towards helping local charities within […]

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March 21, 2014


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Paradise Park

Garden Re-Leaf Day Charity Car Wash 2014

National Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 14th March which helps  raise money for the ‘Greenfingers’ charity that is dedicated to improving lives of children through the creation of magical gardens in children’s hospices around the UK, was fully supported by family run business Tates of Sussex at Paradise Park, Newhaven. The day started off with […]

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March 10, 2014


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Club and Society Weekend

Mary Candy from the Southwick Society meets up with Claire and Vic from Mayberry Garden Centre at the family run store’s Club and Society Weekend. The event is part of a scheme open to all clubs and societies bringing its members special offers as well as the bi-annual weekend event with extra special perks. Mary […]

February

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February 14, 2014


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Paradise Park

Norman Baker MP plays host to local MEPS

Paradise Park played host to government minister Norman Baker who was giving a flying visit to propective European MEPS Catherine Bearder MEP and Anthony Hook. Norman Baker has been a big supporter of local businesses and took time to speak to staff while highlighting the recent benefits of the Apprenticeship scheme and how it is […]

January

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January 20, 2014


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Paradise Park

Norman Baker MP visits successful apprentices

Norman Baker MP spent the morning finding out how Paradise Park in Newhaven has benefitted from the Apprenticeship scheme. The MP for Lewes was invited for breakfast at the visitor attraction based in Newhaven on Friday 17 January. Paradise Park features a garden centre, museum, children’s play zone, café, heritage trail and gardens. It has […]

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South Downs Nurseries

South Downs Nurseries Charity Event

A local hospice has benefited from generous coffee drinkers in Hassocks. St Peter and St James, at North Chailey, has been presented with a cheque for £400 following a charity event in the coffee shop at the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks. “Customers and staff were fantastic”, said the Brighton Road tourist attraction’s manager, […]

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January 8, 2014


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All Garden Centres

Festive Fundraising Helps Local Events

Tates of Sussex Garden Centres efforts with their local charities has brought extra festive goodwill to the surrounding area. Tates of Sussex Garden Centres, who run Paradise Park in Newhaven, Mayberry in Portslade and South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks had Lions Club run Santa’s Grottos at two of their centres, and a chance to write […]

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January 7, 2014


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South Downs Nurseries

South Downs Nurseries Book Appeal 2013

Burgess Hill District Lions Club would welcome any surplus books that you may no longer require. Currently their stocks are running low. During an average month they sell up to 5,000 books over the counter at their shop in Church Walk, Burgess Hill. South Downs Nurseries also has a Lion’s Book Shop which is located […]

December

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December 6, 2013


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All Garden Centres

Late Night Extravaganza 2013

Over three thousand mince pies were served up at a late night festive extravaganza as customers munched their way through Christmas snacks, enjoyed seasonal music and visited Santa in his grotto. Staff at South Downs Heritage Centre, in Hassocks, were kept busy as people flocked to the event. “There was a lovely atmosphere”, explains manager Mark […]

November

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November 27, 2013


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Paradise Park

Full Steam Ahead!

It was a green light  and full steam ahead at the Polegate & District Model Engineering Club ( Padmec)  this week when Paradise Park arrived to donate plants and compost to improve their railway display at the William Daly Recreation Ground, Polegate. Members of their Thursday Gang helped transport the plants up to the railway […]

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November 21, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Community Planting Project

A community planting project took a welcome donation of bulbs from a local garden centre to help with their efforts to transform a Shoreham green space. Esteem, a charity that provides education and training for people between 18 and 26, has begun creating a welcoming community open air space on the Adur Recreation Ground. They […]

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November 18, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Charity Car Wash 2013

Local cadets and scouts battled the elements to clean cars for charity on Saturday 9th November. Despite the terrible conditions, the troops still carried on offering their car cleaning service to customers at our garden centres, and despite having to call time on the event early still managed to raise over £400 for the Royal […]

October

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October 25, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Reptile Day 2013

All manner of slithering delights were on show at a dedicated reptile day at a local garden centre. Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade was host to Reptile Resort, who brought along fascinating creatures including snakes, lizards and chameleons. Manager Mark Brumfitt hailed the event a success. “This is the perfect way to introduce customers who […]

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October 23, 2013


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All Garden Centres

Charity Coffee Morning 2013

Over £1200 was raised as tea cups chinked in the name of fundraising at our garden centres. The Martlets St Peter and St James and St Wilfreds Hospices were on the receiving end of money raised by the customers and staff during their charity coffee morning. All profits from the hot drinks sold, as well […]

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Paradise Park

Brighton Retired Greyhound Trust 2013

‘The greyhounds are coming’ proved to one of the most successful ‘meet and greet’ sessions that that the Brighton Retired Greyhound Trust have ever had. The event was held over this weekend at Paradise Park, Newhaven and raised over £400 Chris Osman of Brighton RGT said’ He was delighted by the amount raised as they […]

September

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September 2, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberrys Lucky Winner 2013

“Etty Broad-Ashman was the lucky winner of a day out to Paradise Park in Newhaven for her and her family after she won the competition at Mayberry Garden Centre’s Emergency Services Day in August. Here she is pictured with her sister and Mayberry’s retail manager and competition organiser Stuart Thomas.”

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South Downs Nurseries

Burgess Hill District Lions Car Boot Sale 2013

Burgess Hill District Lion’s held their annual “Car Boot Sale” at South Downs Nurseries on Saturday 10th August. Over £650 was raised for the local “First Responders” with over 75 cars attending. Hundreds of people came not only to support the charity but to pick a bargain. A bit thank you to the Burgess Hill […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Cadets’ Home gets a Floral Makeover

The home of the 1140 Steyning Cadets now has a more green-fingered look after help from a local garden centre. The squadron’s meeting place now has planted raised beds at the entrance, the contents of which were donated by Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade. The cadets and the family run firm have a long standing […]

August

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August 6, 2013


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Paradise Park

Charity Car Wash at Paradise Park 2013

Sussex Downs College students were brushing up on their cleaning skills this week when they descended upon Paradise Park, Newhaven to take part in a Charity Car Wash. The students had organised the event with the Garden Centre as part of their Prince’s Trust course, customers were asked to make a suggested donation which went […]

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August 5, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Blue Lights and Sirens Signal Success

A free event dedicated to the emergency services was hailed a success as hundreds of local children explored vehicles, took part in activities and met the people that keep Sussex safe. Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade was host to the Police, Shoreham Coastguard, RNLI, West Sussex Fire and Rescue and local ambulance services, as well […]

July

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July 2, 2013


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South Downs Nurseries

Armed Forces & Emergency Services Day at South Downs

Thousands of people flocked to “South Downs Nurseries” on Sunday 30th June. Working together with the Burgess Hill District Lions, South Downs Nurseries hosted an Armed Forced Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the armed forces. Chairman of the Mid Sussex Council Gordon Marples and his wife Denise opened the day with a fanfare […]

June

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June 26, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

A Happy Ending

Mayberry Garden Centre stepped in to provide a happy ending for one of its customers. Daniel Walker from Portslade, who is blind, had his furniture suite stolen from his back garden in what he described as a dispicable act, leaving him feeling taken advantage of. Mayberry have given him a new suite of furniture worth […]

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June 25, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Martlets Hospice Midnight Walk

Congratulations to Mayberry Garden Centre’s Kim, Clare and Nikki who all completed the Martlets Hopice Midnight Walk on Friday 14thJune, raising plenty of money for one of our chosen charities.

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South Downs Nursery

Armed Forces & Emergency Services Day 2013

Armed Forces Day is being celebrated in style this year at South Downs Heritage Centre, Brighton Road Hassocks. Alongside representatives of our Armed Forces will be the Emergency Services and members of many Youth organisations on 30th June 10am – 4pm. Not wanting to be left out of this special day the Ditchling Sausage Company who […]

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Paradise Park

Best Pet Competition Winners 2013

Paradise Park, Newhaven gathered their ‘Best Pet’ Competition winner’s together at the Garden Centre to present them with their prizes. Customers had been asked to send in a photo of their pet and tell them in 30 words or less why their pet is the BEST! Karl Pidgley, Pets and Aquatics Manager and judge explained’ […]

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South Downs Nursery

Mid Sussex riding for the disabled

Shown in the attached picture is Tony Parris from (Burgess Hill District Lions) and members of the the “Mid Sussex Riding for the disabled”. (RDA) A weekend of fundraising took place at South Downs Nurseries this month where over one thousand three hundred pounds was raised. Mid Sussex Riding for the Disabled is a charity […]

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June 24, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Brighton’s newest barista

Is Brighton’s newest barista also the city’s oldest? At 72 years old Carole Hilliard has just taken the training and will now be serving up top notch coffee at a local garden centre. Carole will be producing espressos and frothing milk alongside the rest of the team at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade, a site […]

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June 5, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Hove Carnival – Bake Off Event

Mayberry Garden Centre continued its association with both the Hove Lions and also the Martlets Hospice by sponsoring the Hove Carnival. Providing the marquee for the “Bake Off” event, Mayberry’s Community Development Manager Darren Clift also joined the panel of judges nibbling a selection of victoria sponges, batches of scones and fruit tarts. Winners were […]

May

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May 30, 2013


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Paradise Park

Meeching Valley Primary School

Gardening can be a useful resource for teaching subjects across the curriculum, teachers were told at the RHS Growing Schools Conference last week. A series of workshops showed teachers how they could use gardening to teach subjects including maths, science, literacy, geography, history, art and design and technology. Paradise Park Garden Centre in Newhaven has […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

A flurry of new plants

A flurry of new plants has arrived at the Royal British Legion’s Steyning memorial garden thanks to a donation from a local garden centre. The planted haven, a place to remember those who gave their lives in conflict has received a donation worth £500 as part of their ongoing relationship with Mayberry Garden Centre in […]

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Mayberry Garden Centre

Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary

A non profit animal sanctuary has moved closer to its goal of providing year round organic produce for the animals in its care thanks to assistance from a local garden centre. Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary, a non profit and self funded animal shelter run by Elle Robins and her husband, Keith, was opened to help […]

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May 20, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Best call upon the Doctor

Best call upon the Doctor- his well known nemesis is on the loose at a local garden centre! Luckily for family run Mayberry Garden centre in Portslade they have their own Plant Doctor to take this fiend on, along with common garden pests, advising customers every weekend with their plant predicaments. This life size Dalek […]

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May 7, 2013


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Paradise Park

Reptile Experience Day at Paradise Park 2013

A fantastic turnout of people attended the Reptile Experience Day at Paradise Park, Newhaven. The event had been organised by the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society (E.S.R.A.S) who brought along a variety of Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates from around the world for people to meet, touch and hold! The star of the show was […]

April

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April 22, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

A Helping Hand

A long standing charity in its 60th year has received a helping hand to boost membership thanks to the generosity of two local firms. Established 1953, Hove Lions Club, who have for many years been carrying out fundraising and charity work in the local area are looking to add to their numbers and appeal to […]

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April 17, 2013


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Paradise Park

Sponsoring Sussex Caring Pets

Graham Bourgoing Chair of local charity Sussex Caring Pets is delighted that Paradise Park Garden Centre have agreed to sponsor one of our therapy support dogs for the second year running. This year they are sponsoring therapy support dog Jay who visits St John’s School in Seaford. Terri, who owns Jay says, “The children at […]

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April 10, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

The Allotment Diaries Book Launch

Local author Kay Sexton has launched her latest green fingered paperback at a suitably apt horticultural location. Brighton’s Kay Sexton, who’s latest book The Allotment Diaries has had widespread positive reviews including the Sunday Times, held the event at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade. The evening featured a reading, signing, horticultural demonstration, competitions and displays […]

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April 3, 2013


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Paradise Park

Paradise Park Charity Car Wash 2013

Sussex Downs College students were brushing up on their cleaning skills this week when they descended upon Paradise Park, Newhaven to take part in a Charity Car Wash. The students had organised the event with the Garden Centre as part of their Prince’s Trust course, customers were asked to make a suggested donation which went […]

March

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March 27, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Steyning Memorial Garden

The Steyning District of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has struck up a horticultural partnership to help keep their popular memorial garden in shape. The link up with Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade sees the local family run firm aiming to help with plant donations, horticultural advice and will start by designing and building a […]

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March 18, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Car Cleaning Cadets raise Money for RAFA

The 1140 (Steyning) cadet squadron were once again on hand to clean cars in the name of charity fundraising, this time raising over £300 for the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade provided the squadron with buckets, sponges and cleaning goods, as well as the customers’ cars, as visitors to the […]

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March 14, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Garden Centre Charity Car Wash Event

Over £330 was raised for the RAFA (Royal Air Forces Association) last Saturday at Mayberry Garden Centre, providing welfare for members of the air force and their families. The 1140 Steyning Cadet Squadron were on hand washing customers cars in return for a charity donation. Chris Harland, who works at Mayberry Garden Centre and is also […]

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Paradise Park

National Garden Re-Leaf Day

National Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 8th March which helps  raise money for the ‘Greenfingers’ charity that is dedicated to improving lives of children through the creation of magical gardens in children’s hospices around the UK, was fully supported by family run business Tates of Sussex at Paradise Park, Newhaven. The Plant Area staff at […]

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March 8, 2013


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All Garden Centres

Lions Book Sale

Over £500 was raised at charity book sales at the Tates of Sussex Garden Centres on Sunday March 3rd. Raising money for their local Lions Clubs, South Downs Nurseries (Burgess Hill and District Lions), Mayberry Garden Centre (Hove Lions and Adur East Lions) and Paradise Park (Newhaven District Lions) sold second hand books donated by […]

February

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February 11, 2013


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Mayberry Craft Day

Mayberry Garden Centre’s first ever craft day was declared a success with large numbers of local people tempted to try something new. Visitors to the family run Portslade store were treated to demonstrations in card making, knitting, cake decorating, home brewing and wool spinning, along with special offers to tempt them into a new hobby. […]

January

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January 15, 2013


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South Downs Nurseries

Lions Partnership Update

A record year in a garden centre chain’s Christmas grottos has lead to a welcome boost for local charities. Lions clubs from Burgess Hill District, Hove, Adur East and Newhaven all felt the benefit of festive fundraising to the tune of over £2500 thanks to the charitable activities of the Tates of Sussex group of […]

November

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November 14, 2012


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Charity Carwash Day

A clean sweep from youth groups helped raise funds for local charities last Saturday during a charity car wash. Local troops from cadet and scout squadrons set up their automobile cleaning service at our garden centres, charging customers a charitable donation in return for a gleaming motor, with the result nearly £900 being sent to […]

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November 9, 2012


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Paradise Park

Reptile Experience Day

A fantastic turnout of people attended the first ever Reptile Experience Day at Paradise Park. The event had been organised by the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society (E.S.R.A.S) who brought along a variety of Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates from around the world for people to meet, touch and hold! The star of the show […]

October

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October 22, 2012


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South Downs Nurseries

Kitted Out For A New Season

HASSOCKS Football Club is very pleased to announce that their 1st team players have new tracksuits from a generous local businessman. The smart new clothing will be worn by all Hassocks’ players and their management teams throughout the 2012/13 season. “The tracksuits are being provided to all the club’s men’s teams, and will be worn […]

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October 21, 2012


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All Garden Centres

Garden Centres Raise a Cuppa for Local Hospices

Local hospices felt the benefit of charity coffee mornings held in their honour on Tuesday (October 9th) with over £1400 raised to help with their funding. The Tates of Sussex family run garden centres each held a fundraising event where their hot drink profits were given to their chosen hospice, alongside other activities aimed at […]

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October 11, 2012


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Paradise Park

Seahavens Biggest Pumpkin Challenge

Paradise Park, Newhaven hosted the first ever ’Seahaven Largest Pumpkin Challenge’ at the weekend in partnership with the Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven Lions. Participants had been able to pick up their Free pumpkin starter packs back in April this year and have busy growing their specimen plants for the competition ever since. Paradise Park’s Plant […]

September

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September 5, 2012


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Emergency Services Day

Friday 17th August saw Mayberry Garden Centre host their emergency services day. A fire engine, police van, ambulance and representatives from the RNLI joined huge numbers of children and their parents who packed in to look at the vehicles. The local Lions clubs (Hove and Adur East) organised a fun search around the garden centre, […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Launch of heritage restoration appeal to save a Hassocks bridge

The South Downs Heritage Centre have teamed up with Burgess Hill District Lions by donating £500 to launch a heritage restoration appeal for Spitalford bridge in Hassocks. Pam Seargeant South Downs Nurseries, Tony Parris Burgess Hill District Lions, Margaret Ford, Chairman of Hassocks Amenities, Mark Hillyard South Downs Nurseries. “We heard of the need for […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Paws and Claws Competition

Michaela Graham-Hyde from Burgess Hill proudly displaying the winning image of her adored cat Polo. Polo’s photo won the Paws and Claws animal rescue competition and all entries were judged by the Scaynes HIll-based charity which cares for cats in need. “We were very pleased by the response to this unusual competition”, said Mark Hillyard […]

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Paradise Park

Donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

Paradise Park were proud to donate fruit and vegetables to Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in June. The pupils have been given the greens to plant so they can nurture their own produce and help them to become keen gardeners!

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Paradise Park

Podium Plants

In celebration of the internationalism of the 2012 games, winning ‘Podium Plants’ from around the globe were gathered for customers at Paradise Park, to choose their original nationality. The lucky winner, Mr. Mike Parker of Seaford, was drawn from the correct answers and received plant vouchers worth £25 from the Plant Team. Pictured is Mike […]

August

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August 24, 2012


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Mayberry Garden Centre

Lions Bookshop Launch

A new charity fundraising bookshop has been opened at Mayberry Garden Centre. Based in the garden centre’s coffee shop, the outlet takes customers’ second hand book donations, and sells them on for one pound, with every penny going to the charities of Hove and Adur East Lions Clubs. Mayberry started the appeal for second hand […]

July

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July 17, 2012


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Paradise Park

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail

The first ever Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail took place from Saltdean to Seaford on Sunday 5th August, and was a staggering success, raising £2600 for a new cancer centre in Brighton with support from Paradise Park who also donated a BBQ for the first prize in the raffle. Nine gardens threw open their gates, each […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Charity Event for the Trevor Mann Unit and Giggle

South Downs Nurseries are pleased to announce that we helped raise £1500 from our recent charity event to raise funds for the Trevor Mann Unit and Giggle with assistance from the always amazing Burgess Hillbillies! Trevor Mann Unit The Department of Neonatology is based at Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) at the Royal Sussex County […]

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July 16, 2012


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South Downs Nurseries

Young shine at theatre event

A YOUNG persons’ theatre group in mid Sussex is staging its inaugural Graduation Evening later this month (November), and it promises to be a glittering occasion. The Players Theatre in Hurstpierpoint is the venue for Shine Theatre Trust’s event on Friday 21st November. It’s being sponsored by donations made at South Downs Heritage Centre where […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Books for Troops Appeal exceeds all expectation

THE PUBLIC’S response to a Sussex appeal for second-hand books, CDs and DVDs for British troops serving in Afghanistan has been over whelming, and beyond all that the organisers envisaged. Burgess Hill District Lions worked in partnership with South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks to launch the appeal in March. Since then the generosity of local […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Old computers find new home

OLD COMPUTERS being loaded ready for shipment to West Africa where they are desperately needed for education. Jonathan Tate, MD of South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks/Newhaven’s Paradise Park helps Chris Newman (and Damien Byrne) from Alexander Rose who are shipping the unwanted hardware to a school in Ghana. “We are really pleased that someone can […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Bags of cash to boost Sussex cancer nurses

SACKS of cash were handed over to help cancer victims in Sussex after a mammoth fundraising effort at a local garden centre. Over £4,000 was raised during a whole weekend of events organised by the boss of South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks to support Sussex Macmillan Cancer nurses who help victims in the county. Pictured […]

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Paradise Park

Tourism investment

A MAJOR investment is taking place at one of the region’s top tourist destinations. Jonathan Tate is committing time, money and resources to improve Paradise Park in Newhaven, East Sussex. The attraction is very popular with coach parties and school trips who flock in their thousands to discover the paradise gardens and planthouses, the Sussex […]

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Paradise Park

Going white to be green

MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES at PARADISE PARK Leading tourist attraction Paradise Park, in Newhaven, has gone all white in order to be all right when it comes to protecting the environment. As part of a whole range of ‘green’ initiatives, the entire ceiling has been specially coated to reflect heat and light. WHEN Thursday 26 February, […]

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Paradise Park

Sussex attraction reduces energy use

ONE of the Sussex’s leading garden centre and tourist attraction has gone all white in order to be ‘all right’ when it comes to protecting the environment. A whole range of ‘green’ initiatives is being unveiled this week (Thurs 26 Feb) by Paradise Park in Newhaven as a major contribution to reducing energy consumption. Part […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Over £4000 raised during charity weekend

WHAT Hand-over of bags and bags of money to Sussex Macmillan Cancer nurses who help victims in the county. WHY Over £4000.00 raised during charity weekend 18-19 April and online since, via south-downs.co.uk WHO Mark Hillyard (General Manager, South Downs Nurseries), Tony Parris (President, Burgess Hill District Lions), Nurse Janet Cullen (Macmillan Cancer charity). INFO […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Charity Greenhouse

Burgess Hill District Lions handover a greenhouse, donated by South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks, to the Royal George Day Centre in Burgess Hill (West Sussex) which helps adults with learning difficulties. Rather than charge admission, South Downs Heritage Centre, in Hassocks, asks for donations from visitors. This is used to help nominated local charities. One […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Charities benefit from heritage centre boom

THE region’s newest tourist attraction has proved so successful in its first month that two local charities are to benefit to the tune of £1,000. The South Downs Heritage Centre, at Hassocks, has seen a stream of visitors since opening its doors. Rather than charging for admission, it asks for donations towards nominated charities. “We’ve […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Charities to benefit from new attraction

TWO local charities are to benefit from the opening of a new tourist attraction in Sussex. The South Downs Heritage Centre, in Hassocks, is the brainchild of Jonathan Tate – part of the famous Tate family which is behind the chain of garages and car dealerships across Sussex. Jonathan Tate operates Paradise Park in Newhaven, […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Meet famous Sussex ‘gardening girl’ at charity book launch

THERE’S a chance to meet local author Bryony Hill, wife of football pundit Jimmy Hill, at South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks on Saturday 2 August. Mrs Hill will be signing copies of her new book ‘A Compost Kind of Girl’ between 11am and 3pm. The story of the Hill’s two-acre Sussex garden, near Hurstpierpoint, […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Surrey Museum Exhibits Rescued

KEY exhibits from a popular Surrey museum have found a new home in a tourist attraction showcasing everything connected with bygone life in the region. The secrets and skills of a former age are being recreated at a new heritage centre in Hassocks, West Sussex. The exhibition will include several prestigious items of rare farm […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Raising funds for Macmillan charity night

Raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in Sussex THE BOSS of a Hassocks garden centre and nursery is sponsoring a charity night organised by the Burgess Hill District Lions to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. And, because all the overheads are covered by his generosity, every penny raised on the night will go to […]

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South Downs Nurseries

KITTED OUT FOR NEW SEASON

HASSOCKS Football Club is very pleased to announce that it has secured agreement for sponsorship of the teams’ new tracksuits from a generous local businessman. The smart new clothing will be worn by all Hassocks’ players and their management teams throughout the 2009/10 season. “The tracksuits are being provided to all the club’s men’s teams, […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Calling all craftsmen and women

A SUSSEX museum plans to go interactive by turning its static displays of bygone trades into living demonstrations of traditional crafts. The South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks is a showcase for every conceivable skill of yesteryear. From the blacksmith’s forge, rope making and a carpenter’s workshop, to the wheelwrights, trug making and weaving trades […]

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Paradise Park

Twenty Years Young

How garden centres have changed over two decades… trends and customer expectations of the ‘70s compared to today. GARDEN centres have changed enormously in two decades, something witnessed personally by Jonathan Tate who opened his first garden centre in Newhaven, East Sussex 20 years ago. Today he is poised to open his third in the […]

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South Downs Nurseries

TV star to open new heritage centre

FOOTBALL pundit and TV presenter Jimmy Hill will open the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks, West Sussex, at a VIP ceremony on Friday 4 April, 2008. The new tourist attraction, at South Downs Nurseries on the A273 just north of Brighton, will open to visitors on Saturday 5 April, showcasing everything connected with the […]

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July 13, 2012


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Paradise Park

Victorian taxidermy coming to Sussex

Part of a collection of Victorian taxidermy from a closed museum has been rescued and is on its way to Sussex to be the centre of a new exhibition of British wildlife. WHEN the Brading Experience, on the Isle of Wight, closed in January following a fall in visitor numbers the future of its 450 […]

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South Downs Nurseries

Meet Local Author

A LOCAL author is visiting the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks (on Saturday) to talk about her new book, and sign copies. The South Downs Way, by Belinda Knox, is a mainly pictorial meander along a highly popular route that crosses Sussex. The South Downs Way was opened in 1972 and more than a […]

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