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26th annual gardens day in Wilmslow

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Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day, now celebrating its 26th year, is set to take place on Saturday 30th June across nineteen beautiful locations around Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Handforth.

Wilmslow Wells is a direct action charity run by volunteers, working through trusted contacts in Britain and Africa.

It works to improve life in drought-stricken areas of Africa by providing wells, pumps, dams and water collection equipment.

Speaking about the charity’s upcoming event, Wilmslow Wells’ Gardens Day chairperson Shan Bristow commented: “It’s marvellous that all these wonderful gardens are literally on our doorstep.

“We have people coming locally, lots of people walk and we even a group of regular lady cyclists, who come annually and cover more gardens than most.”

The gardeners involved in the Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day take things seriously, as is befitting such a popular and well-attended event which raises vital funds for the local charity.

Jenny Morris, a regular garden contributor, said: “Planning to open our garden started one whole year in advance.

“I took photos of what would be in flower and where there were likely to be gaps. I also started dividing and potting up my plants ready for selling on the day.

“Apart from the obvious work of ensuring my garden looked at its best, I accepted that mine is not a ‘neat’ garden, that I do grow weeds as well as choice plants!”

The range of gardens throwing open their doors (well, gates) is enormous. From traditional, modern, organic, woodland to vegetable gardens… and this year 30 allotments are also showing.

Organisers are promising something to appeal to all horticultural interests.

For this reason, the event’s visitors are quite varied too – ranging form very keen gardening enthusiasts, to those who just want to enjoy a gentle wander on a Saturday afternoon.

Either way, visitors can enjoy a cup of tea and some cake in one of the gardens, or a scrumptious lunch at St John’s Church on Knutsford Road in Wilmslow.

All the proceeds from the Gardens Day go to supporting the ongoing fundraising of Wilmslow Wells. A staggering £15,00 was raised from the Gardens Day last year.

Organisers are keen to remind those considering attending that Eileen MacAulay will be once again opening her garden (for the tenth year, no less) and her famous bacon rolls are likely to be as big a draw as the idyllic surroundings in which visitors can enjoy them!

The annual event is now set firmly in many local people’s calendars, with the feel-good factor in the knowledge that those who attend will be helping people more than 6,000 miles away whilst having a wonderful day.

Tickets to visit all the gardens taking part in the Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day cost £12 on the day, or £10 if bought in advance.

For information on tickets and a list of exhibiting gardens: wilmslowwells.org/event/2018-gardens-day

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