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New open sessions at the garden

After the huge success of the Open Day in March, we are delighted that we have more people coming to the garden, and will be able to open for extra weekly sessions from the beginning of May!

From Wednesday 1st May the garden will be open on Wednesday evenings from 5.30-7.30 (as well as the regular Wednesday afternoon session from 1-3pm). This will allow us to enjoy later summer evenings at the garden, and will hopefully make it easier for those who are working in the day to be able to take part.

And from Friday 3rd May we will also be starting a regular session from 10-12pm every Friday. As with all our sessions, all you need to do is to come suitably dressed for gardening, turn up, say 'hi' and get stuck in! You can also just come to have a look around if you haven't visited us before.

The open day was such a success - we counted 269 visitors across the morning, all of whom enjoyed a tour round the garden as well as hot refreshments and cake (we also made over £400 in kind donations for the tea and cake!) Many children loved hunting for easter eggs on our trail, and it was lovely to see them enjoying the woodland walk as well and running up and down the mound! That is what Karen, our garden designer, envisaged when she first designed the garden and it was wonderful to see this become reality! We were also very grateful to our mayors, Penny Rivers and Adam Duce who helped us mark the occasion by planting two new apple trees in the orchard!

We would also like to thank some of our partners who have generously supported the garden recently, including Squires Garden Centre in Milford who have awarded us £500 in garden vouchers (which will really help us with the planting in the sensory garden); Gorringes Funeral Directors, who have already made a donation to cover the cost of our wonderful sign (see photo above), and have now pledged £1000 towards the cost of placing benches in the garden; Honey Brothers, who have added to the previous garden equipment they have given us by supplying us with a pair of much-needed loppers (there is a lot of laurel hedge to lop!); and Jewson's who are supplying us with a wheelbarrow (we seem to always need more of those!). A big shout out and thank you to all for your support!


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