Gunthorpe Hall opens its gardens to public

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THE garden at Gunthorpe Hall near Oakham will open for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday.

This is the first time in a number of years that the garden has opened for the scheme.

Set in beautiful countryside, it has extensive views across the Rutland landscape including the abandoned village of Martinsthorpe and its old manor house.

A great deal of redesign and new planting has taken place recently and the spring bulbs and shrubs still provide a pleasing display.

Opening times are 2pm to 5pm and home-made teas will be available. Admission is £3.50 for adults, free for children.

Joyce and Bob Lucas will open their garden to raise money for the Oakham branch of the Royal British Legion this weekend.

Many types of fruit trees have been planted recently and the garden also contains a number of currant and berry bushes, a small salad garden and a fine display of flowers including many varieties of daffodils which will be in full bloom. Visitors will can visit from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a book stall and several paintings donated by local artists will be on sale. Admission is £1. For more details contact Joyce and Bob, 15 Lonsdale Way, Oakham or call 01572 755718.