Fun days a roaring triumph

Toyger at the day
Toyger at the day

The home in Fittleworth hosted themed Sundays centred on the much loved A. A. Milne Pooh characters over the summer.

Owl Sunday on July 31, was followed by Piglet, Eeyore, and Rabbit Sundays, and it was finally Tigger’s turn on August 28.

The campaign was devised with Janet Parsons head of communications at Chestnut Tree House, with owners Paul and Mary Reed.

The past five weeks have featured live displays from Huxley Bird of Prey, and piglets from Ledda Farm. Sue Perry gave a talk on her donkeys, whilst Aldingbourne Open Farm provided rabbits and there were ‘toygers’ from Jungle Queen Toyger Cats. Toygers are domestic cats bred to have tiger stripes. Three kittens and a fully grown male came all the way from the Midlands to make a special appearance. Mary said: “It was very kind of Steve and Yvonne from Jungle Queen to travel from Staffordshire. The cats were a huge delight and a big hit on the day.”

All the proceeds from the fun days went to Chestnut Tree House, which relies on private funds. With the 25th anniversary of the house and gardens the owners felt it was the right beneficiary of the campaign.

“In these times with everyone, helpers, campaigners, many of our own staff and volunteer specialists like Huxley Bird of Prey all coming together like this is an inspiration,” said Mary.

Over £1750 was raised for the charity. Mary said that the Sunday was a ‘fitting finale for trustee Monica Ridley to meet the helpers and visitors alike.’ The gardens are hosting their final event of the year on September 24 and 25. For more information and pre booking incentive visit

The 2nd photo shows Monica Ridley (Trustee of Chestnut Tree House), Paul Reed (Owner) with Pooh (aka Mary) and the Chairman of Findon Garden Association