Gardens in South Luffenham open to the public to raise funds for charity

South Luffenham Gardens, Flowers and Art - Glenys and Noel Seymour in their garden which was open to the public on Sunday afternoon'Photo: SM010712-024js
South Luffenham Gardens, Flowers and Art - Glenys and Noel Seymour in their garden which was open to the public on Sunday afternoon'Photo: SM010712-024js

GARDENING enthusiasts strolled around a number of village greens which were open as part of a national scheme.

Seven gardens in South Luffenham opened to the public on Sunday for the National Gardens Scheme.

South Luffenham Gardens, Flowers and Art - Selling raffle tickets in the village hall: from left, Helen Saunders, Peggy Sparrow, Pat Waik with granddaughter Missi Waik and son Mathew Waik'Photo: SM010712-043js

South Luffenham Gardens, Flowers and Art - Selling raffle tickets in the village hall: from left, Helen Saunders, Peggy Sparrow, Pat Waik with granddaughter Missi Waik and son Mathew Waik'Photo: SM010712-043js

About £3,000 was raised from the event which also included a raffle, tombola, plant sale, and a tea and cake sale in the village hall.

Visitors also enjoyed an art exhibition at St Mary the Virgin church, which featured the work of local artist Peter Barker and botanical artist Barbara Clemence, as well as a floral arrangement depicting the work of Charles Dickins to celebrate the bicentenary year of his birth.

The National Gardens Scheme raises funds for various charities each year.

Organiser Helen Saunders was delighted with how much was raised despite the lower turnout of visitors than in previous years.

She said: “It was a lovely day.

“The weather wasn’t wonderful but it was dry and we were very pleased with how much was raised.

“It all went very well.”