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Stephen and Marcia West hosting in their garden at Northgate Street during the Hidden Gardens event for St Nicholas’ Hospice Care.
This year’s Hidden Gardens event in Bury St Edmunds is looking set to be on track to raise more than £20,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
By lunchtime 1,700 tickets were already sold for yesterday’s event, which is now in its 29th year.
A total of 30 gardens across the town centre were open to the public, from courtyards to one that was more than an acre in size.
Jill Carter, one of the event organisers, said the ticket sales had been "just staggering”.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” she said.
“People have been queuing to get into the
smaller gardens. It has happened before, but this is almost unprecedented,
really. We are extremely pleased people are supporting the event.”
Last year Hidden Gardens raised £24,483 for the hospice charity, which is based in Bury.
As well as ticket sales, cash is raised through the sale of plants, cakes, ice creams and refreshments. This year there were two new gardens in the mix, one on Angel Hill and another in Garland Street.
East Anglian Daily Times - Monday, June 22, 2015
Bury St Edmunds Hidden Gardens has raised a record breaking £24,483
by Paul Derrick
Organisers of the Hidden Gardens in Bury St Edmunds have revealed this year’s event raised a record-breaking £24,483 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
They disclosed the amount at a ‘thank you’ party for owners of some of the 37 featured gardens in the event, which attracted 2,700 visitors last month.
Jill Carter, an organiser with Diane and Paul Knights and Sheila Blackmore, said: “We’re so pleased for the gardeners, who spend months getting
ready for the event and then welcome hundreds of people on the day, that we’ve managed to raise even more money this year.”
The party was hosted by solicitors Gross & Co, one of the event sponors. It costs £11,000 per day for the Hospice to care for people with life shortening illnesses.
This event is an annual treat for garden lovers. The event raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care and is a chance to see what grows behind homes in the historic heart of the town.
Visitors will find fruit and vegetables, greenhouses, ponds, unusual trees, old fashioned roses, lovely lawns and sunny patios with pots.
Many of the 30 garden owners will be offering teas and refreshments or have plants and produce for sale between 11am and 5pm.
Tickets for the Hidden Gardens, which have raised £275,000 for the hospice over the last 26 years, can be bought after Easter from the Tourist Information Centre in Bury St Edmunds (01284 764667, email@example.com) or on the day on the Angel Hill, Bury.
Duttons estate agents and Gross & Co solicitors are kindly sponsoring the event again this year.
For more information please contact Diane Knights from the Hidden Gardens organising team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01284 701527.
photographs by Caroline Fitton