The hidden gardens boost hospice funds

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.
Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.
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FROM a tiny courtyard to the acres behind grand houses, 32 gardens in Bury St Edmunds opened for charity.

The 26th Bury Hidden Gardens on Sunday drew 2,000 visitors and is expected to raise more than £2,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.

As well as opening their gardens, many people found extra sources of income to boost the charity.

Diane Knights, chairman of the organising committee, said: “People were so generous: they’ve made teas, sold cakes, we’ve had African dancing, a male voice choir and a women’s choir. People sold plants, ran raffles and sold ice creams.”

Sue Long, hospice community fund-raiser, said: “I was very touched to be visited by a young boy – Bertie Todd – at the end of the day. His parents’ garden was not open but he sold ice cream to people as they passed by and raised £5.10 for the hospice. A special well done to him.”

There were two new gardens open this year, but the new blood was not limited to gardeners.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.    Peter and Janet Baldwin in their garden in Maynewater Lane - complete with a scale model steam traction engine!

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds. Peter and Janet Baldwin in their garden in Maynewater Lane - complete with a scale model steam traction engine!

Mrs Knights said: ”We noticed there were a lot more younger people going round, a lot of children as well.”

She believes part of the event’s attraction is seeing behind the imposing facades of Bury streets.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.    The BMI St Edmund's Hospital.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds. The BMI St Edmund's Hospital.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.

Open Gardens event around Bury St Edmunds.