Hospice hopes to raise more than £10k through open gardens scheme

The open gardens scheme raised more than £10,000 for the hospice last year.

The open gardens scheme raised more than £10,000 for the hospice last year. - Credit: Archant

Beautiful gardens across Somerset will be opened to the public in aid of Weston Hospicecare this summer.

The charity's Open Gardens initiative is now in its third year, and looking to top the £10,000 total it raised in 2018.

The project runs through the summer months and sees people or businesses opening up their gardens to host the public for a get-together to raise money for the charity.

More: Hospice appeals for people to open their gardens for the charity.

The featured gardens are usually off-limits to visitors, but are opened for one or two days to showcase the creativity and horticultural prowess within.

Home-made refreshments are typically available too, making them the perfect outing for a summer afternoon.

Already this year, gardens in Weston, Locking, Burnham, Highbridge and Congresbury are taking part, with open days scheduled from May through to September - though more gardens are expected to be added to the list.

Fundraiser Sue Harding said: "We had a fabulous Open Gardens programme last year and we are delighted to see our first eight gardens booked in already for the summer ahead.

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"After raising more than £10,000 in 2018 we hope can beat that figure in 2019.

"The hospice relies on the community to help fund 80% of the charity's total operating costs and the Open Gardens programme helps raise money and allows us to engage with our supporters."

Below are the confirmed dates so far for the 2019 programme:

- May 25, from 3pm - 6 Beechwood Avenue, Locking.

- June 2, 11am-4pm - Yeo Meads, High Street, Congresbury

- June 9, 2-4.30pm - 178 Burnham Road, Highbridge

- June 9, 1.30-4.30pm - 14 Eskdale Close, Weston

- June 29, 2.30-5pm - Old Rectory Garden Party, The Old Rectory, opposite The Golden Lion, Broad Street, Wrington

- June 30, 2-5pm - 6 Brightstowe Road, Burnham

- July 7, 2-4pm - 9 Ash Grove, Uphill

- July 21, 2-5pm - 43 Golf Links Road, Burnham

- August and September on Saturday and Sunday mornings - Ferntree House, 30 Diamond Batch, Weston.

Anyone interested in hosting an open gardens event can email sue.harding@westonhospicecare.org.uk for more information.