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More than £20,000 raised by Rutland open gardens

A Rutland charity is celebrating after raising a record £22,763.18 for nursing and health charities.

The Rutland National Gardens Scheme that opens up people’s well-tended plots to members of the public also handed over £4,051 to local churches and community projects in 2018.

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Jane Alexander-Orr, from the scheme, said: “This is an amazing 28 per cent increase on 2017’s figures. “Not only are there great gardens to see in Rutland but also great cake to enjoy and your visits help change lives.

“2019 sees the opening of several gardens new to the National Gardens Scheme including Exton Hall on May 12; The Hollies in Manton on June 2 and Berrybushes in Market Overton on June 16.”

To mark the impressive total, Rose Dejardin, who is stepping down as local organiser, presented an engraved towel to David and Jeffy Wood who have opened their garden at Townsend House in Wing for 10 years and played a part in the success.

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