Great Dixter to continue distributing gardening tips

An East Sussex gardening attraction will continue to distribute advice through its training scheme for both novices and experts after its future was secured by a grant.

Great Dixter is set to receive £3.79 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of a £21 million package to support attractions around the country.

Great Dixter was once the home of revered gardener Christopher Lloyd, famed for his vast knowledge and love of horticulture.

It consists of 57 acres of famous green space and a 15th century timber-framed dwelling.

Other recipients include St James Priory in Bristol and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, which is currently hosting the Homecoming and Portrait of the Nation exhibition.

HLF chairperson Dame Jenny Abramski said it was important to support places of interest during the recession.

"During these tough economic times we still need to enjoy the things which enrich the quality of our daily lives – whether its a beautiful garden, a gallery full of wonderful paintings or a much-loved historic building," she explained.