Gallery: Visitors flock to the 29th Hidden Gardens of Bury event

Visitors flock to the 30 gardens open yesterday in Bury St Edmunds for the 29th Hidden Gardens event

Visitors flock to the 30 gardens open yesterday in Bury St Edmunds for the 29th Hidden Gardens event. Peter and Linda West in the garden of their home on Angel Hill - Credit: Archant

This year’s Hidden Gardens event in Bury St Edmunds is looking set to be on track to raise more than £20,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

By lunchtime 1,700 tickets were already sold for yesterday’s event, which is now in its 29th year.

A total of 30 gardens across the town centre were open to the public, from courtyards to one that was more than an acre in size.

Jill Carter, one of the event organisers, said the ticket sales had been “just staggering”.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” she said. “People have been queuing to get into the smaller gardens. It has happened before, but this is almost unprecedented, really. We are extremely pleased people are supporting the event.”

Last year Hidden Gardens raised £24,483 for the hospice charity, which is based in Bury.

As well as ticket sales, cash is raised through the sale of plants, cakes, ice creams and refreshments. This year there were two new gardens in the mix, one on Angel Hill and another in Garland Street.