Kinver villagers gear up for open garden weekend

Hospice fundraiser Sylvia Sidaway with garden owner Joan Beaton. Buy photo: 261247K

Buy this photo Hospice fundraiser Sylvia Sidaway with garden owner Joan Beaton. Buy photo: 261247K

First published in O-P

KIND-HEARTED Kinver residents will again be opening their gardens to the public this weekend in aid of Mary Stevens Hospice.

Flower fans will be able to have a look around ten open gardens in and around the village on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 between 1pm and 6pm.

The event has been organised by the hospice’s Kinver Volunteer Fundraising Group, led by Sylvia Sidaway, with the support of garden owners at Silva Nova, Willow Hill, Cobweb Cottage, April Cottage, Chestnut Lodge, Greenfields, 4 The Grazings, 22 and 70 Church View Gardens, 12 James Street and 12 Dunsley Road.

Janet Jones, head of fundraising at the hospice, said: “The group working on this event and the owners of the gardens have worked extremely hard to pull the weekend together.

“The changing weather conditions always prove a challenge for gardeners, particularly when they wish to display their gardens in prime condition to visitors.”

She said the 2011 event raised £3,100 towards patient care at the Oldswinford hospice and she hopes this year’s initiative proves just as successful.

Village pubs and coffee shops and Holy Austin Rock Houses tearoom in Compton Road will be open for refreshments which will also be available at 12 Dunsley Road which features panoramic views of the church and canal.

Parking is limited but there are public car parks in the village and the community minibus will be available for less able visitors.

Adults can view all ten gardens for an entry fee of £4 (£1 for children).

Programmes will be on sale at the hospice shop in Kinver High Street and from the bottom of Vicarage Drive.

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