Charity first for Southmead?

This July, a private garden in Southmead will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme – possibly for the first time ever.

“The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.”

Simon and Clarie bought their house in Southmead 5 years ago and have since transformed their garden. “We wanted a place where we could grow lots of flowers and vegetables, as well as having paths and places for the children to explore and play” Clarie said. “When we first asked the NGS if we could open our garden for them we thought they’d give us some feedback and tell us how to make it good enough. But they were so helpful and encouraged us to open it this year.”

The garden is open for two afternoons at the end of July. Entrance costs £3.50 for adults, and there will be tea and cake available to buy. There will also be a trail for children.

Simon said “The NGS asked us if there was another garden locally which could open as well, as often when the gardens are smaller, people like to see more than one. We didn’t know of any, but wondered if anyone else in Southmead has a lovely garden they would like to open.”

Do you have a garden you are proud of? Or do you know someone who has a great garden? If so, get in contact with the NGS and find out more about how you could open your garden too.