2nd June 2015

Picturesque gardens ready to welcome visitors

Whitegates 1 wichenford open gardens

Residents of the beautiful picture-postcard village of Wichenford in Worcestershire are gearing themselves up to welcome thousands of visitors to admire their gardens on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st June.

The biennial event has built up a loyal following of garden fans who return year after year. The weekend raises funds for village organisations and for St Richard’s Hospice.

For just £5 admission covering both days 11am to 6pm, visitors will be able to wander around at least 23 gardens admiring the colourful mix of flowers and shrubs in a variety of perfectly kept village gardens to large spectacular gardens of several acres.

Morning coffee, full lunches, afternoon teas and an all-day bar will be available and visitors can discover market stalls and garden sales of plants and local produce, as well as admire the sculpture garden.

To add to the activities visitors can also visit St. Laurence Church, the local heritage WW1 exhibition and South Worcestershire Bonsai Society exhibition.

Alan Green from Wichenford, said: “Everyone has been working incredibly hard to ensure the gardens are in tip top condition and make a splendid show. Visitors come from all over and we are determined to given them a wonderful weekend. ”

whitegates lunches wichenford open gardensFor more details visit http://wichenfordopengardens.webplus.net/index.html

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.