Open Gardens is on the look out again for people in Crosspool who would like to be community spirited and open their garden to raise some money for their chosen charity.
Anyone can have a go! This event is to encourage people to get outside, walk round the neighbourhood, meet new people and enjoy their gardens.
No previous experience required, no perfect gardens needed, just a warm welcome, a patch of interest in the garden be it plants, vegetables, chickens, bees or an activity you’d like to share with others.
The organisers of Crosspool Open Gardens are inviting everyone to share their gardens and raise money for charities as part of a revamped event for this year’s festival.
Traditionally the event has attracted gardens with impressive displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables. This year they’re also looking for Crosspool residents to show their neighbours some of the other ways that people are using gardens.
Organiser Lindsey Beagles explained: “People use their gardens for lots of things as well as flowers and veg. Having a cuppa, looking at the view, BBQs, hobbies such as art, music, restoring cars or mending bikes, football, keeping chickens, bees or fish are all just as valid a reason to share your garden.
“Maybe you have a great play area for the kids, or someone may want to do nail art on the patio for charity. I want people to share their space with their neighbours and raise some money for charity in the process. So it is not just about fantastic gardens although as we have seen, there are plenty of these in Crosspool!”
Crosspool Open Gardens 2013 takes place on Saturday 29 June. Gardens are usually open between 10:30 and 4:30pm, although you don’t have to open all day if you don’t want. Any money you raise from opening up your garden should be donated to a charity of your choice.
Interested in getting involved? Get in touch with Lindsey before the end of May on 0114 230 1041 or email@example.com.
Participating gardens are featured in a Open Gardens paper programme. Profits from the sale of the programme are shared between charities nominated by participating gardeners, who can also raise funds themselves by selling plants and refreshments.
If you’re interested in putting your garden forward for consideration, contact Roger on 230 6194 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelve charities are to share the £3,300 raised from this year’s Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 3 July.
The annual event, which is co-ordinated by members of Stephen Hill Methodist Church, ran this year as part of the Crosspool Festival programme.
There were 15 gardens around the neighbourhood to explore, including allotments off Back Lane, two adjoining houses on Cairns Road and the Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway.
One Manchester Road garden also accommodated an art sale, plus a book signing by local historian and author Judith Hanson. Plentiful supplies of tea and cake were also available at most of the gardens.
Open Gardens started as a fundraising event for the church’s development appeal but has now been extended to support charities nominated by the owner of each of the showcased gardens.