Homeowners open up their gardens for cancer charity
Two very different gardens will be opening for the first time in Welbourn in support of the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday, August 11.
The national organisation opens private gardens to the public all over the country every year to raise millions of pounds for charity.
It is the single largest donor to Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Walnut Tree Cottage, 6 Hall Lane in Welbourn, is a half-acre garden owned by Nina McBeath and is full of perennials planted in long, curved borders with winding paths around a central lawn, surrounded by shrubs and shady areas. Many old varieties of roses feature throughout.
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By contrast, The Old House at The Green, a listed Georgian property, has a formal front garden redesigned by Guy Petheram. Gravel, paving and pebble mosaics provide hard landscaping around beds with box hedging, clipped Portuguese laurel, lavender and roses. Lawns, herbaceous and white hydrangea beds, courtyards with pots and a small enclosed paved area complete the garden.
A working Victorian forge in Welbourn, dating from 1864, will open for visitors as well from 2pm to 5pm when the fire will be lit and Friends of Welbourn Forge on hand to answer questions.
Anyone heading to the village will also find various stalls for the event selling plants, honey and bee products. Teas will be served at the Village Hall, Beck Street, where there is also free parking. Wine will be available at The Old House from 4pm.
Both gardens are open 2pm-6pm. Combined admission to both is £3 (accompanied children free).