What a day we had!
The sun shone and the village was bustling with people. Believe it or not, nearly 400 people visited the three gardens. They marvelled at the wonderful planting in the tiny courtyard garden at Roman Way; they loved the pretty cottage garden at Home Farm Cottage with its hidden corners and unusual plants and enjoyed the colourful rhododendrons, the water garden and the teas at Crows Nest Cottage. They also bought lots of plants from the three plant stalls on the verge in front of Lilac Cottage on Forest Road.
By the end of the day we had made £1,520 on admissions, £514 on teas and £110 on plant sales. We are sending £2034 (the total admissions and tea money) to the NGS in aid of their charities:
- Macmillan Cancer care: improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.
- Marie Curie Cancer Care: provides free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes
- Help the Hospices: supports members and other organisations as they strive to grow and improve end of life care throughout the UK and across the world.
- Crossroads Care: is Britain’s leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for.
- Queens Nursing Institute: is dedicated to improving patient care by supporting community nurses
- The Gardeners’ Royal benevolent Fund (Perrenial): provides help and advice to those in need who work, or have worked, in horticulture, whatever their age or trade. Perennial now also support The Royal Fund for Gardeners Children
The money collected from the sale of plants will be put towards the Oxton village planters.
Our sincere thanks go to all those friends who gave us help selling entry tickets, serving teas, baking cakes and selling plants. We couldn’t have done it without you.