Kevin opens garden in Oakham to raise funds

Kevin O'Brien is opening his garden to the public to raise money for charity
Kevin O'Brien is opening his garden to the public to raise money for charity
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A businessman is reopening his garden for charity after a two-year break.

Kevin O’Brien has regularly opened his garden to the public to raise money for good causes in the past. He has taken a break for two years but will reopen his garden over the bank holiday weekend after a major revamp.

Kevin, who runs a plumbing and heating business from Gaol Street, Oakham, is raising money for The Histiocytosis Research Trust in memory of two-year-old Oliver Scholes, from Stamford, who died of haemophagocytic lymph-ohistiocytosis last year.

He said: “I know Oliver’s family and when I read about him I knew this was the charity I wanted to support.

“We like to support different and less well-known charities each year because some of the smaller ones have their money gobbled up by overheads.

“The garden hasn’t been open for two years but I’ve made some changes so there will be lots for people to see.”

Its features include a Paulownia tomentosa tree, which was named by the Guinness World Records as the fastest growing tree. The garden also includes rare trees and shrubs, an orchard and a few hidden surprises.

Kevin’s garden, at 69A Brooke Road, Oakham, will open on Sunday, August 25 from 1pm to 6pm.

Admission is £3 and Pimms and other refreshments will be available to buy.