Suffolk’s Great Garden Trail returns to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice

The Old Rectory, part of this year's Great Garden Trail. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE

The Old Rectory, part of this year's Great Garden Trail. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE - Credit: Archant

After a great first year, the Great Garden Trail returns with even more gardens to explore across Suffolk.

The Old Coach House, part of this year's Great Garden Trail. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE

The Old Coach House, part of this year's Great Garden Trail. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE - Credit: Archant

Sponsored by Bedfords, they will be open from March to August with entry via a donation to St Elizabeth Hospice.

This year you can explore those of Elizabethan mansion Glemham Hall, Priors Oak, a 10-acre wildlife and butterfly garden in Aldeburgh; a collection of 10 very different gardens as part of the hidden gardens of Ufford and the one behind the Sweffling White Horse which features rustic pathways, eco-friendly accommodation and many friendly geese, ducks and chickens.

Brian Taylor, community fundraising co-ordinator at St Elizabeth Hospice, said thousands of people came to look around the stunning gardens that opened their gate for the charity last year.

“This year, we have some of our returning favourites as well as new gardens that are inviting the public to come and have a look round in return for a donation to the hospice.

Stanny House Farm, part of this year's Great Garden Trail. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE

Stanny House Farm, part of this year's Great Garden Trail. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE - Credit: Archant


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“The beauty of the trail is you can do as little or as much as you like. Whether you choose to explore just one or two gardens or aim to complete the whole trail, the money you help to raise will stay in the area and be used by the hospice to care for people living with a progressive or terminal illness.”

The first open garden is this Sunday at The Olde Coach House in Diss. Entry costs £2.50 for adults with children under 16 able to explore for free.

The Great Garden Trail maps are available from all St Elizabeth Hospice shops as well as selected garden centres and nurseries around the county. You can also find details of all the gardens that are open at www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/greatgardentrail

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