Mitchmere Farm Stoughton – Open for National Garden Scheme ‘By Arrangement’ from February – details of how to arrange a bespoke visit below and on the NGS website.

Mitchmere Farm Stoughton – Open for National Garden Scheme ‘By Arrangement’ from February.

Mitchmere Farm Stoughton. 1½ acre garden is set in a lovely downland position. Unusual trees and shrubs grow in dry gravel though this briefly becomes wet, each year, when the Winterbourne rises and flows through the garden. Coloured stems, catkins, drifts of snowdrops and crocuses provide a lovely display and a large pond is home to frogs, toads and insects as well as being visited by grass snakes. There is also a small collection of special snowdrops.

There is an optional 10 min walk down the long field beside the river, across the sleeper bridge, along the path through the copse with snowdrops, up the steps into the new wood, then into the meadow and back to the garden. Wellies advisable.

Mitchmere Farm Stoughton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9JW is open by appointment for groups of up to 99. Please contact the garden owners Neil and Sue Edden 02392 631456 to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for a group or bespoke visit. More information can be found on the National Garden Scheme website

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors the National Garden Scheme have donated over £67 million to nursing and health charities since they were founded in 1927. In 2022 they donated £3.11 million. Beneficiaries include Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK, Carers Trust and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.