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Hidden garden opens gate for charity this weekend

Besi Besemar August 5, 2014

Bustin's Secret GardenA Brighton garden that can’t be seen from any road will be offering a pop-up tea garden for one day only on Sunday (August 10), to raise funds for a small but important charity.

Belton Close in the Round Hill conservation area (between The Level and Fiveways) is tucked away out of sight but contains a hidden gem – the garden at 1 Belton Close is bursting with colour and interest.

Owners Steve Bustin and John Williams are opening their slice of horticultural heaven to the public on Sunday, August 10 to raise money for charity MPD Voice ( a small and little known charity that supports those living with (and raises funds for research into) myeloproliferative disorders (MPDs), a rare group of little-understood blood cancers.

Bustin's Secret GardenSteve and John will be setting up a pop-up café in their garden, offering tea, coffee and a range of delicious homemade cakes, as well as selling homemade preserves and a selection of plants to help raise more funds.

Entry to the garden costs just £2 (children free).

The garden is full of tropical plants including banana trees, dahlias, gingers, cannas, olives and castor oil plants, plus lots of colourful sunflowers, climbers and annuals. There’s a kitchen garden and greenhouse, fountains, lawn and you even meet the resident chickens.

Owner Steve Bustin says they’re looking forward to welcoming visitors into this normally private space: He said: “We’ve had a fantastic summer working in and enjoying the garden, so we want to share it with as many people as possible and raise some money for a good cause at the same time. We’re already planning the cakes we’ll be baking and we’ve got some lovely jams and plants ready to sell to help swell the coffers. We’re excited to be raising much needed funds for a charity that really needs the help in order to help thousands of people affected by MPDs, by sharing something that is so much part of our day to day lives.”

The open garden and pop-up garden cafe is on Sunday, August 10, 11am-5pm at 1 Belton Close, BN2 3RY. Belton Close is off Belton Road, not far from The Jolly Poacher pub on Ditchling Road.

More details are on the Facebook page for the event, CLICK HERE:


What: Open Garden and pop-up cafe

Where: 1 Belton Close, BN2

When: Sunday, August 10

Time: 11am-5pm