Thetford Garden Open Day funds get boost from clouds

Carol van Ackeren and Karen Maggs in the garden of Dorothy Higgins. ANL-150614-164212009
Carol van Ackeren and Karen Maggs in the garden of Dorothy Higgins. ANL-150614-164212009
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Sunday may have felt far from flaming June but St Nicholas Hospice Care probably profited from the cool weather.

It may have been a grey day for Thetford Open Gardens, in aid of the hospice, but organiser Rachel Woods thinks that has helped them beat last year’s £7,000 total.

Dorothy Higgins' home made   "Kona" statue ANL-150614-164227009

Dorothy Higgins' home made "Kona" statue ANL-150614-164227009

“People do more gardens when it is cooler – they’re not flagging in the heat,” she said. “Our plant sales went particularly well. If it’s too hot people don’t want to be bothered to carry them around.”

The weather also boosted sales for the gardeners who offered refreshments. Suzanne Norman had to find extra chairs for those tempted by food ranging from morning bacon butties to afternoon tea. She raised more than £1,000.

Rachel added that on Monday she banked £6,895, with more money still to come in and a second, new, event on June 24.

That is a unique mix of botany and history in the form of a guided tour of the Gorse Industrial Estate meadow and nuclear bomb storage site with Keith Eldred.

Fiona and Jim Roy in their garden. ANL-150614-164137009

Fiona and Jim Roy in their garden. ANL-150614-164137009

When English Heritage asked Keith to clear some of the self-seeded trees from the site, bringing the soil out of the shadows resulted in dormant flower seeds coming to life, including rare Breckland flora.

Tickets for the two hour tour, with refreshments, are £12.50 from Thetford’s Great Information Centre.

Enjoying tea and cake in the garden of Suzanne Norman helped her raise more than �1,000. ANL-150614-164301009

Enjoying tea and cake in the garden of Suzanne Norman helped her raise more than �1,000. ANL-150614-164301009

Visitors admire Suzanne Norman's wisteria. ANL-150614-164344009

Visitors admire Suzanne Norman's wisteria. ANL-150614-164344009