The first ever open gardens event on Moreton Hall was a resounding success yesterday.
Organised by Lucy Newell and Jess Darnell, of the Coffee House, the day saw 15 gardens open to members of the public, who paid £5 per family up to five people.
The flora and fauna of gardens in Kembold Close, Darcy Close, Sebert Road, Raedwald Drive, Fiske Close, Gibbon Close, Calthorphe Close, Brunwyn Close, Jermyn Close, Hummingbird Close and Airfield Road were joined by the gardens of Mount Farm Surgery and the community centre.
Lucy said: “The whole day was really good. Everybody who visited the gardens was so lovely about the event and said they had a good time, while the people who opened up their gardens said they wanted to do it again next year. For a first event it’s been brilliant.
“The gardens taking part were selling little things – such as plants and books – in aid of the Hospice. We also sold advertising for the maps which helped to boost the total.”
The event was part of the Coffee House’s efforts for the Towergate Accumulator Challenge, which asks businesses to turn a £50 stake – donated by sponsors Towergate Insurance – into as much money for the Hospice as possible.
Lucy added: “We’re pleased to have started in our fund-raising efforts for the Accumulator Challenge, but are keen to raise even more by the time the challenge ends.”
Liz Spillane, corporate fund-raiser for the Hospice, said: “Lots of people who opened their gardens were thrilled to do it and are keen to do it again. People really enjoyed the day. As well as the open gardens there was a barbecue at the community centre garden, where people could watch the Wimbledon final.
“Thank you to the Coffee House for organising such a lovely community event in aid of the Hospice, and to everyone who supported it.”
The Accumulator Challenge runs until September 26.
Did you take part in the event? If so, what did you think of it?