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Uppingham open gardens can be visited by video as National Garden Scheme goes online for Rutland

Open gardens events are hugely popular in this area - but the spread of Covid-19 has closed the gates to visitors.

Fortunately, people can now pay a virtual visit to three beautiful local gardens thanks to a short video created by the National Garden Scheme.

Introduced by Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness, the 12-minute video features three couples who take viewers on a tour of their homes and gardens in Uppingham.

Jennifer and Lawrence Fenelon, who live at Hillside, describe how their garden was built in 1905 by a master at Uppingham School.

Having overhauled a substantial part of the garden eight years ago, the have added a woodland walk, and a lawned terrace framed by colourful poppies and irises.

Karen and Andrew Robinson's home, Robin Hill, features an attractive south-facing garden which they have spent the past three years developing from a blank canvas into an area full of delightful features, including a stream, a pond for George the Labrador to enjoy, and terraces that catch both sunshine and shade.

The final garden, at The Orchard, is the work of Margaret and Doug Stacey who have lived there since 1992.

Their plot celebrates plants from around the world, as well as cultivating home-grown species, including a new native hedgerow to attract wildlife.

Speaking on the introduction to the video, Dr Furness said:"I'm so sorry that so many people will miss out on visiting gardens in Rutland this year, as they will miss out on visiting gardens all over the country.

"It's very special, what the National Garden Scheme does. Last year it managed to raise £3m for the most wonderful charities."

The National Garden Scheme has been opening private gardens to raise funds for nursing and health charities since 1927.

In 2019 the scheme made an annual donation of £3 million to charities that included Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

To make a donation to support Nursing and Healthcare Charities visit the JustGiving site.

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