August 22 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Gems of gardens which are hidden by walls and facades in the centre of Bury St Edmunds will open to the public this Sunday to raise cash for a hospice charity.
This year 37 gardens are included in the annual Hidden Gardens of Bury event in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, which is based in the town. Last year the event raised £23,000 from tickets sales, people who bought plants, teas and ice creams and taxpayers who signed up for Gift Aid.
Joy Fiennes, 70, took part in Hidden Gardens for seven years when she lived at Northgate House in Northgate Street, but this is the first year she will be welcoming visitors to her garden at Crown House in Crown Street.
Mrs Fiennes, who takes part to support the hospice, said: “It’s very good for making you knock your garden into shape at the beginning of the year and once that’s done you do feel you can keep it up.” She said she “loved” gardening, which is a hobby she has had all her life. She described her outdoor space at Crown House as a “cottage garden effect”.
Diane Knights, one of the Hidden Gardens’ organisers, said: “The mild winter will mean that some of the gardens will have flowers in bloom we wouldn’t expect to see until later in the year.” Tickets for the event, from 11am to 5pm, are available from the Apex, or Angel Hill on the day.