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Glimpse at hidden green havens raises £18,000 for charity

Guildhall Feoffment Trust - Daphne Moore, Rose Bayliss, Lawford Smith, Cynthia Williams and Lil Gilbert showcase their floral gems during Bury St Edmunds’ Hidden Gardens on Sunday

Crowds gathered in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday to uncover the town’s potting and planting secrets at its Hidden Gardens event.

The annual event, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, saw 30 gardens open to members of the public, allowing them to discover and admire patios, vegetable patches, borders and shrubs which are usually hidden from view.

Left - David Rees, in College Street, Right - St Edmund’s RCVA Primary School also joined the green trail - pictured are Maria Kemble, executive headteacher, and Sue Vince, TA and gardening club

Some gardens also offered refreshments and played music to entertain visitors.

Miranda McCoy ,St Nicholas Hospice Care community fund-raiser, said: “We are simply thrilled with the sheer numbers of visitors we had on the day –we even ran out of programmes. Thank you to the One Bull for their help photocopying maps.

Left - Isobel Ashton, in College Lane, during the event which featured 30 gardens, usually hidden from view, open to members of the public. Right - Jane Peers in Finsbury Place

“It was a fabulous day and the whole town was buzzing as so many people made their way around the Hidden Gardens enjoying lots of the beautiful gardens usually shielded from view. We have received lots of lovely compliments and positive feedback.”

In its 32nd year, early indications are that the event raised a total of £18,000 for the hospice, continuing the success of previous years which together have raised more than £300,000.

Left - Vivian Gardiner, in Finsbury Place. Right - Adam Thurkettle and Roger Smith in the Constitutional Club’s garden

“We are very grateful to everyone who helps to make this event possible, the visitors and especially all of the dedicated gardeners, who not only give their time on the day but spent hours preparing and making sure their gardens were in tip-top shape,” said Miranda.

“Also, our many brilliant volunteers who lend a hand on the day, and the event’s sponsors Gross and Co. and Bedfords.”

“Without the money raised by community events like Hidden Gardens and the generous support we receive we would not be able to continue the work we do across the community, supporting those in our care.”

Left - At Greene and Greene, Wendy Hooper, a Greenhill cogardener. Right - At Ashtons Legal, Elizabeth Dunn and Robert Ashton

More information available soon

Discover the Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds as blooming beautiful gardens usually shielded from sight open their gates to visitors in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

This year around 30 gardens, old and new, large and small will be opening across the town centre, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a delightful walk around our historic town.

All gardens are within walking distance of each other and all gardens will be listed in the event’s programme, which includes a map.

There will be refreshments offered and an opportunity to buy plants at some of the gardens, with music also featuring too.

Hospice Community Fundraiser, Miranda McCoy, said: “Hidden Gardens really is a lovely day out for all the family, whether you are a keen gardener or not the event really does have something for everyone.

“On the day there is such a relaxed friendly atmosphere, and it really is a great opportunity to stroll around the town’s historic grid and take a peek at some of the town’s finest gardens usually hidden from view.”

For more information on the Hidden Gardens, please visit www.hiddengardens.co.uk

Now in its 32nd year, the Hidden Gardens events have resulted more than £330,000 for the Hospice, which provides care and support to those in the final chapters of their lives and their families across West Suffolk and Thetford.

The event runs from 11am-5pm and tickets cost £5 and can be bought on the day from the Hidden Gardens marquee on Angel Hill from 10.30am.

Tickets can also be purchased in advance from the Tourist Information Point in the Cathedral shop on Angel Hill.

Throughout the spring and summer, a number of Open Garden events will be taking place in aid of the Hospice with more information available on the charity’s website www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk