This coming weekend (June 7-8), three beautiful local gardens will be opening their gates for the NGS’s (National Gardens Scheme’s) National Gardens Festival Weekend.
The event will see over 500 openings which this year includes the Old Vicarage in Great Staughton, 109 High Street, Hail Weston and Old Farm Cottage in Staploe.
Visitors will have the chance to explore the different gardens, and pick up plenty of ideas and inspiration to use themselves. There will also be homemade teas, plants stalls and a children’s trail and games.
Last year the three gardens raised over £2200 for the NGS chosen charities including Macmillan Cancer Support. Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help for Hospices and Carers Trust.
Old Farm Cottage in Staploe has three acres of orchard, grassland, young woodland and a large pond maintained for wildlife. Some of the features and ideas showcased by the other two properties include a natural swimming pool and elevated Wendy house at the Old Vicarage, as well as a sunken trampoline, large sandpit, children’s play area and scented hopscotch at 109 High Street.
“We were amazed to break the £2000 barrier last year with our garden opening – it’s money that the NGS charities can put to very good use,” said Dawn Isaac, garden designer, writer and owner of the garden at 109 High Street. “What was equally exciting though was seeing so many visitors – and especially lots of families outside, enjoying the gardens and picking up some ideas and inspiration to take home. Fingers crossed, we hope to get even more this year.”
The National Gardens Scheme was founded in 1927 to raise money for the nurses of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. The NGS now has over 3800 gardens listed in its famous ‘Yellow Book’ – the directory of all open gardens in the scheme – and gives away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities.