Clan Hay Secretary’s Garden Open to Public

The garden at Fairview, Sandy Down, Boldre

Gardening enthusiasts may be interested in a rare opportunity to visit the beautiful, five acre garden in England's New Forest that belongs to the Clan Hay Society's honorary secretary, Melissa Cubitt.

Although Melissa describes her garden as a 'work in progress,' it has clearly passed a stringent test to join the series of gardens in and around Boldre, near Lymington in Hampshire, which will open to the public on the afternoon of Sunday 27th May.  It will cost a mere £5.00 to view all of the gardens and tickets can be acquired from the Red Lion pub in Rope Hill, Boldre (

All proceeds will be divided between the Honeypot Children's Charity and the Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, where Melissa's late father, Major Charles Hay, was churchwarden for many years.  The church has a further connection to Clan Hay: it is the burial place of the Morant family of Brockenhurst, including Lady Caroline Hay, the daughter of the 17th Earl of Erroll, her husband Jon Morant and their descendants.