Variety of colourful gardens pulls in the crowds in Barton Mills

Barton Mills open gardens''Pictured: Pam Peachey in her garden ANL-150806-081634009
Barton Mills open gardens''Pictured: Pam Peachey in her garden ANL-150806-081634009
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An incredible variety of colourful country gardens attracted hundreds of people to Barton Mills and helped raise funds for the village church.

About 200 visitors strolled around 12 green havens of varying sizes from those sprawling down to the River Lark to those of a more petite nature for the open gardens event over the weekend.

Barton Mills open gardens''Pictured: Derek and Sue Smiley ANL-150806-081419009

Barton Mills open gardens''Pictured: Derek and Sue Smiley ANL-150806-081419009

A highlight of the event included a packed concert featuring the St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir at St Mary’s Church.

The open gardens weekend is organised as an alternative to the village’s Scarecrow Festival, which is held every other year, and is in aid of St Mary’s Barton Mills Preservation Trust to help maintain the church building.

Frances Lewis, event organiser and trust secretary, said: “We had lovely sunshine. It’s a very sociable event - local people go out and about and meet and talk to all sorts of people.

“They do say one of the things about Barton Mills is that it’s a very friendly village.”

Barton Mills open gardens''Pictured: Chloe Hume at the Teddy Bears Picnic ANL-150806-081539009

Barton Mills open gardens''Pictured: Chloe Hume at the Teddy Bears Picnic ANL-150806-081539009

In some gardens, there was a bric-a-brac sale in aid of the Brooke Equine charity, a display from Mildenhall Museum, a raffle for the British Heart Foundation and a plant sale in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

A teddy bear’s picnic could be found at another garden as well as a wishing well.