Many of the region's most beautiful and historic gardens are now re-opening and cancelled open days rearranged in the hope of raising millions for charity through the National Garden Scheme.

This new garden in an old home in Eastbourne will open again this Saturday.  

  • Report by ITV News Meridian's Tony Green:

One of Eastbourne's oldest houses, Ocklygne Manor has stood for around 300 years.

In all that time not much was done with its garden until 1988 when David and Wendy Dugdill moved in. 

Ocklygne Manor has stood for around 300 years. Credit: Ocklygne Manor

My wife is obviously the driving force in design and I am more the doer. We didn't have a fixed plan. We were very much stuck with the trees where they were and for a long time we didn't go a lot further than that. We would just keep putting plants in and then 15 years ago when we retired my wife thought we would do a bed and breakfast here. So then we decided we had to up the game a bit.

David Dugdill, Ocklynge Manor

My wife is obviously the driving force in design and I am more the doer Credit: ITV News Meridian

Davids ambition to have the largest cloud tree in the south of England!

  • David Dugdill

Covid 19 curtailed their plans to open in springtime, the first since joining the National Garden scheme 15 years ago.

They thought nobody would come and so decided to only open for two hours in the afternoon which brought them 650 guests. They even had traffic chaos.

They managed to raise about £3,000 in one afternoon. 

£3000 was raised in only one afternoon. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Gardens never stop and you have to maintain them. And of course we are in lockdown and we are really quite enjoying it. 

David Dugdill

Wendy and David's splendid isolation will come to an after 15 weeks they're taking bookings for an open day on July 4 when hundreds more can enjoy the gardens at Ocklynge.