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Rare chance to explore Thetford’s hidden gardens

Thetford Open Gardens participants (photo: Miranda McCoy)
Thetford Open Gardens participants (photo: Miranda McCoy)

Thirty Thetford gardens flung open their gates last weekend to allow curious visitors the chance to explore inside.

Now in its 11th year, the ever-popular Thetford Open Gardens continues to welcome hundreds of visitors, with Boscombe House alone having received more than 300 people on Sunday.

Sue and Alan Judd's garden proved a 'real talking point'
Sue and Alan Judd's garden proved a 'real talking point'

Rachel Woods, who organises the event with the help of Sue Norman and Susie Dowling, said she knew of people who had visited from as far as Lincolnshire, Lowestoft, Wisbech, Dereham and Norwich to attend this year.

“We definitely had more footfall than any year before because I ordered more programmes [700],” she said.

New Zealanders Sue and Alan Judd’s Vicarage Road garden proved ‘a real talking point’ for its mini rainforest, hanging tomato baskets and glamorous star jasmine surrounding the front door, while a small ‘stand out’ garden greeted visitors in Cloverfields.

“It’s just fascinating what people will do with their space,” said Mrs Woods.

Money is still coming in but the event looks set to have raised around £10,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

For more photos see Friday’s Bury Free Press.


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