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Secret Worthing fig garden gears up for its annual open day

Released: Friday, 23 June 2017

Worthing's very own secret garden - the ancient fig orchard of Tarring - will once again be opening up to the public on Saturday, 1st July 2017.

Dating from at least 1745, but reputed to have origins dating back much further to the 12th Century and the days of Archbishop Thomas A'Becket, the orchard in South Street, Tarring remains much the same as it did in yesteryear.

Spread across the rear of three private properties, the owners are required by law to open up the historic area to the public for one day a year.

This year, the gardens will be open from 10am to 5pm on 1st July.

Residents have been obliged to open up the gardens every year thanks to a planning agreement secured by Worthing Borough Council in 1989.

The local authority gave permission to the building of a neighbouring development but only on the condition that what remains of the fig orchard was left intact and the upkeep of the garden was continued by future residents.

The agreement also included the covenant that the gardens are opened to the public one day every year.

Previous open days have been a huge success thanks, in part, to the historic attraction of Bishop's Garth, the Grade II listed building which backs onto the garden.

Those living in the properties also look to make the experience as enjoyable for visitors as they can - dressing up in period costumes, providing live music and serving up afternoon tea to those popping by for the day.

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Photo: Sign outside the The Ancient Fig Garden in South Street, Tarring (from Wikipedia/Wikimedia)

PR17-078 - sign outside the The Ancient Fig Garden in South Street, Tarring (from Wikipedia - Wikimedia)

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