Open gardens of Moreton Hall welcomes record number of visitors

Donna and Mark Crake with their sons, George and Sam
Donna and Mark Crake with their sons, George and Sam
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From water features and a Koi carp pond to vegetable patches and a greenhouse made from recycled Coca Cola bottles, this year’s Open Gardens of Moreton Hall had plenty of sights to delight visitors.

The event on Sunday (June 25) – now in its fifth year – saw some gardens welcome as many as 90 visitors and looks set to have raised at least £2,000 for charity, with event sponsor Treatt having contributed a whopping £1,000.

Roger and Sandra Wraight in their garden

Roger and Sandra Wraight in their garden

It is run by The Coffee House owners Lucy Newell and Jessica Darnell in their annual bid to raise as much funds as possible for the Jacobs Allen Accumulator Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Of the day’s success, Ms Newell said: “It was really busy, there were a lot of people about. Some gardens had like 90 people and a couple had 80 or so, which is more than there’s ever been.

“It’s really exciting and everyone’s so positive about it. Two young girls held a bake sale outside one of the houses and sold £50 worth of cakes which is all money for the charity. It’s such a nice community day out.”

Among the Moreton Hall businesses to lend support to the fund-raiser was Coastline Graphics, in Skyliner Way, which printed the programmes and maps for free and Tennens Properties, in Lawson Place, which used its sales boards to promote it.

For more photos see Friday’s Bury Free Press.