Gardens open for National Gardens Scheme

Sue Bannister writes: On 24 June five gardens in the Sibfords opened to raise funds for the organisations which the NGS supports, amongst them Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK, Perennial, MS Society, and National Autistic Society. In 2017 the NGS countrywide donated £3 million to these organisations.

The weather on 24 June was glorious. The England - Panama World Cup match coincided with the opening but we sold 190 tickets and plant sales and donations took the day’s total to £1614.50.

I would like to thank all the garden owners for the hard work they put in during the entire year as well as on the day itself, and our many volunteers, door keepers and plant sellers, for their generous help. Gil Soden and her team served teas at the Village Hall in aid of Holy Trinity church and directed strangers to the villages to the gardens which were open. These were Buttslade House, Carter’s Yard, Stickleys House, Home Close and Home Farm.