Pooh Bear visits Fittleworth

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FITTLEWORTH had a very famous visitor this weekend.

Pooh Bear, Tigger and friends explored Pooh House and Gardens in Sandy Lane at a Family Fun day in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

Children got to share the adventures of the ‘bear with very little brain’ as they went round the garden trail, where they got to find ‘Rabbit’s Howse’, ‘Eeyore’s Gloomy Place’ and a tea party in the woods.

There was also the opportunity to take part in Pooh’s famous ‘Thunking Competition’, where they could explore the hidden shipwreck garden complete with treasure trove, and track down three giant giraffes.

For older visitors there was a chance to appreciate the garden, designed around a woodland setting and featuring formal and informal gardens, hidden walkways, rare acers, sculptures and land art.

Charlie Holdsworth, 5, from Aldwick was very excited about meeting Tigger. He said: “He’s really bouncy, I’m having a lovely time.”

Daphne Fieldhouse, 6, from Petworth said: ”It’s really fun. I loved Pooh Bear and would like to live here!”

Mum Harriet added: “It’s a fabulous day and great for children. It’s really generous of the owners to open up such a beautiful garden”.

The day was organised by Paul and Mary Reed who have spent 25 years creating the garden at their Pooh House home, named after their favourite childhood character.

Mary said: ”We really enjoy doing things for the children and also for Chestnut Tree House. Everyone has had such a good time today that we’ve decided to open again in September.”