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Floral Fringe Fair flourishes

by Rod Kebble

CRTinSurrey volunteers will be venturing over the border into West Sussex next June, to take part in the second Floral Fringe Fair.

Having already outgrown its original venue, next year’s fair will be held at Knepp Castle RH13 1LJ, near Horsham, home to Sir Charles and Lady Burrell, who will be opening their private garden — designed by Georgia Langton — to visitors (entrance £2, children free and with a chance to chat to the gardeners).

The fair itself will take place directly outside the castle, designed some 200 years ago by John Nash, and in front of one of the lakes. Entrance will be £5 for adults, children under 14 free and dogs on leads will be allowed entry.

The fair will be open from 1030 until 5pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June. The 2012 event attracted over 2,000 visitors and the 2013 fair is being held at a larger venue, with more parking spaces.

For the past ten years, the Burrells have been re-wilding 1,000 hectares of their land, which will be of interest to CRT supporters.

The fair describes itself as “a must for plantaholics … it is about food that is locally grown and raised and it is about all things green, health-enhancing and countryside based.”

Definitely a date for your diary!

Update, 4th December 2012: here’s a link to the Floral Fringe Fair’s FaceBook page.