Rattlesden’s first open garden event proves a hit

RATTLESDEN: Open Gardens
Jane Wallis  shares her garden
Picture Mark Westley
RATTLESDEN: Open Gardens Jane Wallis shares her garden Picture Mark Westley
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Glorious sunshine helped turn a village’s open garden event into a ‘great success’.

Around 20 villagers in Rattlesden opened their gardens to the public on Saturday, the first time the event has been held.

RATTLESDEN: Open Gardens
Jean Farmer in her Lower Street garden
Picture Mark Westley

RATTLESDEN: Open Gardens Jean Farmer in her Lower Street garden Picture Mark Westley

Around 15o people then paid £3 each to view the gardens, with visitors arriving from all over the area.

The Rattlesden Open Gardens day was designed to raise money for the village’s St Nicholas Church.

Along with craft stalls and afternoon tea in the church, it raised £850.

“It was a glorious day and that certainly helped things along,” said David Gooderham, treasurer of the Rattlesden parochial church council.

“We decided to hold the open garden day to raise money for church funds and it was a great success considering it was our first.”

Villagers opened their gardens between 1pm and 5pm for people to view.

Craft stalls in St Nicholas Church meanwhile sold everything from plants to pottery.

“Many people came along from outside the village with one lady even coming from King’s Lynn,” added Mr Gooderham.

“The gardens ranged in size from large to small and I think that was one of the attractions.

“With the gardens dotted around the village, it made for an enjoyable day.”