One street raised hundreds for charity - this is how

Melissa Chalmers and Jayne Stokes who have bubbled up and are behind the open gardens event Picture:

Melissa Chalmers and Jayne Stokes who have bubbled up and are behind the open gardens event Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: SUBMITTED

An open gardens event in one street in Bury St Edmunds “lifted everyone’s spirits” as well as supporting a charity.

The open gardens in Norfolk Road, Bury St Edmunds, raised more than £600 for St Nicholas Hospice Car

The open gardens in Norfolk Road, Bury St Edmunds, raised more than £600 for St Nicholas Hospice Care Pictuire: MELISSA CHALMERS - Credit: MELISSA CHALMERS

With the town’s Hidden Gardens event for St Nicholas Hospice Care only happening virtually this year due to coronavirus, resident Melissa Chalmers decided to organise one where she lives while sticking to social distancing guidelines.

MORE: Last chance to see the gardens you’ve transformed in lockdownIn Norfolk Road 19 houses agreed to open up their gardens on Sunday, June 21, raising more than £600 for the hospice charity.

Mrs Chalmers said she planned a route and everyone chose their own time slot to start off, with everyone following the same route with staggered start times so there was no overlapping.

“The whole street came together to open up their gardens, and fortunately the sun came out too!

The open gardens was so successful it may become an annual event Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS

The open gardens was so successful it may become an annual event Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS - Credit: MELISSA CHALMERS

“One house ran a plant sale, the children of another ran a sweet shop and one house offered table service for food and drink that they provided.


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At the start house there was a leaflet that was produced by a lovely neighbour called Jayne Stokes that had the open gardens route on it and a bit of info about each of the gardens on it.”

She said her neighbours said it had “lifted everyone’s spirits” and they enjoyed showing people around their gardens they had worked so hard on during lockdown.

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“Everyone loved it so much they want me to organise it every year from now on. It was such a successful event that I think I might have to,” she added.

Melissa said the event lifted everyone's spirits Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS

Melissa said the event lifted everyone's spirits Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS - Credit: MELISSA CHALMERS

Nineteen houses in Norfolk Road got involved Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS

Nineteen houses in Norfolk Road got involved Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS - Credit: MELISSA CHALMERS

Melissa Chalmers organised the open gardens event for her street in Bury St Edmunds Picture: MELISSA

Melissa Chalmers organised the open gardens event for her street in Bury St Edmunds Picture: MELISSA CHALMERS - Credit: MELISSA CHALMERS

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