Popular open garden event raises more than £11,000 for hospice
PUBLISHED: 14:38 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 04 July 2018
A popular open garden event which raises thousands of pounds for charity has celebrated another successful year.
Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the chance to take a look around the 34 green spaces which opened their gates for Thetford Open Gardens.
A day of warm sunshine and welcomes greeted those who walked around the many varieties of gardens spread throughout the town and the surrounding parishes.
This year’s event had a golden theme with participants decorating their gardens in their own way and with a golden plant donated by Thetford Garden Centre.
The theme was inspired by the 50th wedding anniversary of Doreen and Terry Taylor – who opened their garden.
Organiser Rachel Woods said the event, which marked its 12th year, was one of the biggest events yet.
More programmes and raffle tickets were sold than any other year and more than £11,000 was raised for St Nicholas Hospice Care - a thousand up on the previous year.
“We’ve had a golden year,” said Mrs Woods. “It was amazing weather and we thought people might think it was too hot to go out and about, but they did.
“The vibes were very good on the day. I just love the fact there is just a real feel good feeling in Thetford. Everybody came back with really positive comments.”
She added: “The feedback I have had is that every person who opened their garden had a wonderful time and the golden anniversary couple were inundated with visitors.”
Highlights included Kilverstone Hall which took part in the event for the first time and a garden which offered people the chance to try their hand at archery or just sit back and enjoy a rum punch.
Thetford Railway Station showed off its garden, a mix of maturing shrubs and perennials, which is managed by the Friends of Thetford Station.
And no one was left hungry or thirsty as they made their way around the gardens.
A number of tasty lunches, beverages and cakes and treats were waiting for visitors.