It’s always a pleasure to open the allotments for the NGS (National Garden Scheme) and last Sunday in conjunction with our neighbours, The Butterfly Hospice, we held our second opening for them.

Everyone on the allotments had been sprucing up their plots for visitors to see. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, showing the allotments off to their best. Tea and homemade cake, tombola and raffle, seeds and plants and a BBQ all on display to tempt our guests.
A few of the plots were open for people to walk round to enjoy, showing various styles of gardening from no dig to raised beds, growing flowers and herbs to more exotics such as Oca and Cucumelons. Everyone on the allotments had worked so hard to bring this all together for the day. But most importantly of all opening our allotment gardens to the public meant that we were helping to raising money for the NGS and their charities.
Over £450 was raised from people visiting The Butterfly Hospice, with its fine gardens and ourselves, a remarkable sum for the day.
A big thanks must go the Hospice who helped us enormously throughout and also to our plot holders who gave up their time throughout the day and helping with the organization to bring it all together.
Hoping next year we can raise even more money but also give everyone who visits us an enjoyable experience.

Paul x

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