Sunny open gardens event in Kirkby Underwood raises funds for the village hall and church

Jane Westrop and Joan Coupland at the Kirkby Underwood open gardens event
Jane Westrop and Joan Coupland at the Kirkby Underwood open gardens event
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VISITORS made the most of the sunny weather yesterday (Sunday) to look around nine beautiful gardens.

The gardens were opened in Kirkby Underwood to raise money for the village hall and the church.

In keeping with the Olympics, there was also a game for adults and children to search for sporting items in the gardens with a prize of a bottle of fizzy wine for the winning adult and a box of chocolates for the child who won.

Janice Hill, who opened her garden, said despite the beautiful day the number of visitors were down on the previous two years the event has run.

She said: “Last year we had 177 people but this year it was about 87. We took £780 which will be split between the village hall and the church funds.

“It is a very good amount to raise and we are very pleased.”

She said a couple from Grimsby travelled in an open-top car to see the gardens and there was also people there from as far afield as Oundle.

Janice added: “It was a very nice atmosphere and all the gardeners were pleased with how it went.”