Whitgift opened its gardens to the local community on Wednesday 24 July to showcase its beautiful 45-acre parkland site to support NSPCC fundraising. The School was delighted to welcome the Mayor of Croydon, Humayun Kabir and the South Eastern community Fund Manager for the NSPCC, Vicky Goodman who took time to walk the Open Garden tour route with Head Gardener, James Mallett and spoke to members of the public and staff.
Visitors enjoyed The Duke of York Water Garden, home to three species of flamingos and a variety of other exotic bird species, as well as the resident wallabies who are always slightly harder to spot. They also had the opportunity to visit the Andrew Quadrangle where they saw Whitgift’s Japanese Garden and peacocks. Visitors then made their way to Founder’s Garden where they enjoyed the Tudor style maze as well as some delicious afternoon tea where the NSPCC were selling plants and homemade cakes. The gardeners and grounds staff were on hand to dispense valuable advice to any fellow horticulturists and share information about the Whitgift wildlife.
Caroline Wilson honorary secretary of Croydon branch of NSPCC Chairman commented, “Caring beat the heat! Thank you to everyone who was involved and a special thanks to the School for all their support. Nothing was too much trouble.”
The School would like to thank everyone who came to support the event, the NSPCC volunteers and the Whitgift staff behind the scenes for all their hard work. The event raised nearly £1450 and is a fantastic achievement for a wonderful charity.