Moreton Hall garden enthusiasts open gates to visitors

Adrian and Karen Cannard with their up cycled garden room
Adrian and Karen Cannard with their up cycled garden room

Proud green-fingered enthusiasts showed off their beautiful backyard retreats on Sunday for the fourth Open Gardens of Moreton Hall.

Each of the gardens taking part had something different to offer the 130 or so visitors, from vegetable patches and fruit trees to bird boxes and upcycled features.

Patricia Cutting in her garden

Patricia Cutting in her garden

“It was just local people taking part in a fabulous community event and getting really excited about their gardens,” said Lucy Newell of The Coffee House, which organised the day as part of its involvement in the Jacobs Allen Accumulator Challenge and expects it to have raised around £1,800 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

A highlight of Adrian and Karen Cannard’s garden was their new ‘garden room’ which has a roof made from wing flaps from a decommissioned Boeing 757 and windows and doors of around 150 years old which have been reclaimed from London’s Liverpool Street Station.

Karen, who also had a chiminea upcycled from an old Boeing 747 exhaust on show for the first time, said her family were ‘delighted’ to take part for the fourth year.

She said: “We lost count of the number of visitors we had - it just had such a lovely community feel.”

Daphne Heywood in her garden with Jillie the dog

Daphne Heywood in her garden with Jillie the dog

“The Coffee House works so hard to put it together and I’d love more gardens to take part next year,” she added.

Charlotte and Mike Crichton in their garden

Charlotte and Mike Crichton in their garden

Carol Welch in her garden with granddaughter Natasha Welch

Carol Welch in her garden with granddaughter Natasha Welch