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Former Suffolk police chief to open his 'beautiful' garden for St Elizabeth Hospice this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:11 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:11 07 June 2017

Bob Lawrence will be opening up his garden this weekend on Norwich Road to raise money for charity. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Bob Lawrence will be opening up his garden this weekend on Norwich Road to raise money for charity. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Strawberry afternoon tea, a large orchard and an array of potted plants will greet visitors to an open garden in the heart of Ipswich this weekend.

Bob Lawrence will be opening up his garden this weekend on Norwich Road to raise money for charity. Picture: GREGG BROWNBob Lawrence will be opening up his garden this weekend on Norwich Road to raise money for charity. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Former Suffolk police chief Bob Lawrence is welcoming people into his garden in Norwich Road – which spans over a third of an acre – to raise hundreds of pounds for St Elizabeth Hospice on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-5pm.

This year residents can enjoy the 70-year-old’s carefully crafted flower beds as part of the hospice’s garden trail which runs from April to August.

More than 100 gardeners are taking part in the scheme.

Mr Lawrence said: “We’re really happy to be doing this and we’re hoping we raise even more than last year.

Bob Lawrence will be opening up his garden this weekend on Norwich Road to raise money for charity. Picture: GREGG BROWNBob Lawrence will be opening up his garden this weekend on Norwich Road to raise money for charity. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“I’ve spent the last couple of days cleaning up damage done by the storm but now things are looking good again.

“There’s a sunken terrace in the garden and a lawn that used to be a tennis court.

“We’ve got plenty of plants such as lupins and roses.”

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