Garden of former Troston hen expert to open

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A much-talked-about Troston garden is opening its gates to the public for the first time in several years later this month.

The garden at Church Cottage, once described as ‘quite possibly one of the most photographed and written about in the country’, was especially well known for hosting an annual ‘Hen Day’ when author and Sunday Telegraph columnist Francine Raymond lived there.

Now it has been reinvented and renewed by new owner Marysa Norris who is opening under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday, July 26.

Mrs Norris said: “I fell in love with the garden as soon as I saw it, but of course I also wanted to put my own stamp on things. It is now a less romantic but more practical garden, which suits us well.

“It is a pleasure to be able to open for the National Gardens Scheme, which last year raised more than £2.5 million for charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. How lovely to be even a small part of that.”

Church Cottage is also teaming up with Troston Lodge, where the one-acre garden, complete with vegetable garden, ponds and mixed borders, has never been on public view before.

Meanwhile, St Mary’s church, opposite Church Cottage, will be open for any visitors interested in looking at its medieval graffiti and wall paintings of St George and the dragon.

The gardens will open from 2-5.30pm. Combined admission is £4, with children going free.

For more details, visit www.ngs.org.uk