Bates Green Garden is opening its doors and inviting people of all ages to enjoy coffee and cake, and an afternoon tea, in support of an Eastbourne-based educational charity.

The stunning Sussex garden will host this relaxed, family-friendly event on Wednesday 16 August 2023 between 10am and 4pm.

Visitors will be treated to an exclusive look inside the tranquil 1.5-acre garden which surrounds the farmhouse, then choose from a delicious selection of sweet and savoury options in the Barn Cafe.

Attendees can talk to the owner and staff to get tips and inspiration for their own gardens, and children can enjoy colouring activities in the café.

The event is being held in support of UCEP, a charity with its roots in Eastbourne and which supports children in West Africa into educational opportunities they could not otherwise access.

Bates Green Garden are donating all entry fees to the charity, so attending will mean visitors will be giving their much-needed support to the charity.

Entry costs £7 per adult and £3.50 per child (under threes are free). Members of the Royal Horticultural Society and BBC Gardeners World card holders can gain free entry, while Sussex Wildlife Trust members are eligible for 2-4-1 entry.

All children must be supervised.

Find the gardens at Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road Arlington, Polegate East Sussex, BN26 6SH.

For more information visit batesgreengarden.co.uk

To find out about the charity being supported, visit ucepcommunity.org

UCEP is a UK-registered, not for profit organisation with its roots in Eastbourne, set up to pay school fees and provide additional support for children from disadvantaged families in very poor communities in West Africa.

UCEP is a village-based, community focus and aims to minimise obstacles to children’s formal education and their future development. Through its work within village communities, UCEP engages with parents, teachers, and community leaders to support the holistic development and safeguarding of pupils. Your donations are dedicated to delivering UCEP scholarships programme.

More information about the work of UCEP can be found at ucepcommunity.org

According to a World Bank report, “In 2018, four out of five people below the international poverty line lived in rural areas. Half of the poor in these communities are children. About 70 percent of the global poor aged 15 and older have no schooling or only some basic education.”

In West Africa, many children are now growing up in communities where poverty, violence and child exploitation are becoming normal. UCEP believes that if children are educated, coached, and mentored in good character-building practices from a young age, their exemplary behaviour as good citizens will positively influence their peers, and their wider communities.