Open gardens event to raise hospice cash

PRIVATE green corners of a famous medieval market town will be throwing their doors open to the public this summer in support of St Nicholas Hospice.

Will Clarke

PRIVATE green corners of a famous medieval market town will be throwing their doors open to the public this summer in support of St Nicholas Hospice.

Every third Sunday of June Bury St Edmunds is proud to host the original Hidden Gardens event with many private oases joining the popular tour this year.

Each year around 30 gardens in the centre of the historic town open their gates to the delight of visitors. The annual event attracted well over 2000 people last year and has raised £156,000 for St Nicholas Hospice to date.

This year refreshments will be available at selected gardens - with all going proceeds to the hospice - but picnics are welcome too.

Plants are available from a professional nursery stall and homemade ice cream is being offered by one gardener.

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A pass and a programme costs £5 and with map it allows entry to all the gardens - with children under 14 going free.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Bury's Angel Hill on 01284 764667 or email tic@stedsbc.gov.uk

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