Open gardens at Wretham Lodge help to raise nearly £2,000 for charities

The open gardens event at Wretham Lodge. Picture: JOHN KITSON

The open gardens event at Wretham Lodge. Picture: JOHN KITSON - Credit: Archant

Picturesque gardens at Wretham Lodge and the warm welcome at St Ethelbert’s Church proved a magnet for garden enthusiasts over the Easter holiday weekend.

The open gardens event at Wretham Lodge. Picture: JOHN KITSON

The open gardens event at Wretham Lodge. Picture: JOHN KITSON - Credit: Archant

The weather and growing conditions turned out to be absolutely right for the gardens surrounding the 1810-built former rectory, with tulips especially in wonderful display.

The gardens were open as usual as part of the National Gardens Scheme and drew visitors from a wide area.

Over the two days, 480 people toured the gardens and the weekend saw a total of £1,920 in admissions and £13 in donations go to NGS charities.

At St Ethelbert, church members were kept busy over the two days welcoming people for refreshments and home-made cakes.


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The influx on Easter Monday, when the sun shone all day, meant emergency runs had to be made for fresh cakes.

Even paper plates and napkins ran out as visitors arrived to relax and make us of a big used book sale.

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Wretham Lodge owner Gordon Alexander said he was thrilled with the level of support, while churchwarden Eileen Kitson gave her warmest thanks to Wretham Ravers and friends for the floral decorations in the church, as well as everyone who cooked and all those who turned out to work over the two days.

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