Gardens ready for open days

PUBLISHED: 10:04 18 April 2009 | UPDATED: 07:14 30 May 2010

A scene of the garden to be opened to the public at North End Place  Pictures: CLAIRE BENBROOK

A scene of the garden to be opened to the public at North End Place Pictures: CLAIRE BENBROOK

SIX private gardens in the Dunmow area will be thrown open to the public this spring. The National Garden Scheme selects hundreds of residential gardens every year to be opened for public viewings. Last year visitors raised more than £3m for charities inc

SIX private gardens in the Dunmow area will be thrown open to the public this spring.

The National Garden Scheme selects hundreds of residential gardens every year to be opened for public viewings. Last year visitors raised more than £3m for charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, Help the Hospices and Crossroads.

In Essex alone, 12,000 visitors raised over £67,000.

NGS Essex County Organiser, Susan Copeland, said: "Last year was marvellous and I was overwhelmed by the amount raised for charity by Essex garden owners. Our target this year is £75,000.

"We had 12,000 visitors - why not join them in the year ahead and enjoy cost effective yet wonderful, relaxing days out?"

This year there will be six gardens near Dunmow opened up to the public by their owners. Three are opening for the first time, creating 16 days in total for garden lovers to enjoy.

The new gardens on the list are Snares Hill Cottage, near Stebbing, The Granary in Great Easton and North End Place.

Snares Hill is a peaceful garden in a romantic setting and has a stunning natural swimming pool and many other features. It opens on Sunday June 21 and September 13 with home made teas on offer.

The Granary on Dunmow Road is a delightful one-acre garden lovingly created by the owners. It opens on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25.

North End Place is an impressive seven-acre garden surrounding a Georgian house, which will open on the May Bank Holiday weekend and also during June and August.

Two gardens at Stebbing - 19 Brookfields and St Helens - will also be re-opening, as is Church Cottage in Little Easton.

The NGS Essex County leaflet is available free from libraries, Tourist Information Centres and some garden centres, or by contacting Mrs Copeland at susan.copeland2@btinternet.com .

It has full details of all the opening dates of every garden, a map, comprehensive descriptions of each garden and directions.

The NGS website www.ngs.org.uk has full details of all open gardens.

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