Open gardens event raises nearly £3k for charities

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 July 2017

Jill Maycock and John Simmons
Churchill Open gardens weekend at Church View in Front Street

Jill Maycock and John Simmons Churchill Open gardens weekend at Church View in Front Street 16,07,17

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Three North Somerset houses opened the gates to their glorious gardens to the public this month to raise money for charity.

Churchill Open Gardens was held on July 15-16, with hundreds of gardening enthusiasts turning out to bask in the beautiful gardens of Church View and Laurel Cottage in Front Street, and Bay Tree House in Dinghurst Road.

The event raised nearly £3,000 for charity, with the lion’s share being donated to the National Garden Scheme, while £792 was handed to St John’s Church in Churchill and Weston Hospicecare received £255.

Jill Maycock, who owns Church View with her husband John Simmons, said the event ‘went really well’ – with 350 people visiting the gardens over the weekend.

She added: “The weather wasn’t really with us on the Saturday but the Sunday was great.

“We were busy doing lots of hoovering and polishing in the days before the event.

“The unique selling point of the event is the gardens are all very different.”

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