Bury’s green fingered gardeners grow cash for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Many of the people who opened their Bury St Edmunds gardens to the public the summer were at a thank you party to see a cheque for £21,400 was handed over to St Nicholas Hospice Care on Monday evening.
The presentation was made at the party for the garden owners, held at Turret Close in Westgate Street, the home of Mary and John Kent and the original base for the hospice.
Hospice chief executive Barbara Gale led a toast to Trisha Mellor who inspired the first Hidden Gardens in 1987 and she thanked the garden owners for taking part, particularly Robert Blandy and David Rees whose gardens were in the original programme 30 years ago.
As well as the sale of tickets, the total was boosted by plants and refreshments sales and money claimed through the Gift Aid scheme.