Record crowds were given a glimpse at the secret green and floral gems around Bury St Edmunds in a charity event’s landmark year.
More than 2,500 people snapped up tickets for the Hidden Gardens of Bury, which celebrated its 30th anniversary by unveiling 30 picturesque sanctuaries on Sunday.
Over the years, the popular event has brought in more than £300,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care and the amount raised this year will be revealed next week.
Jill Carter, who organises Hidden Gardens with Diane Knights and Sheila Blackmore, said the event’s milestone helped attract record crowds with people queuing for tickets from 9am. She said: “There was a great atmosphere around town. Everyone you came across seemed to have a hidden gardens sticker and everyone was smiling. We’re delighted - a huge amount of work goes into it.”
The size of the gardens ranged from an acre in the centre of town to colourful courtyards. Other gardens boasted vegetables, greenhouses and water features. Rehab charity Focus12 was also looking for ideas for its therapeutic courtyard project. This year’s Hidden Gardens was in memory of Trisha Mellor who founded the event and died last summer shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday.