National Garden Scheme announces the reopening of gardens in Norfolk to visitors
All funds raised will go to the charity’s Help Support Our Nurses campaign
The National Garden Scheme is delighted to announce that gardens in Norfolk will be reopening their gates to visitors. In order to comply with social distancing and other Government guidelines, gardens will open to visitors with pre-purchased tickets only, and for a timed slot. Tickets can be purchased via the National Garden Scheme website.
Gardens will not be allowed to offer refreshments, but at some larger gardens visitors will be allowed to bring their own picnics. All buildings will be closed to visitors.
Norfolk Gardens that have confirmed their opening dates are listed below, but there may be further gardens taking part, so check the National Garden Scheme website for the latest information.
14th & 17th June 2 – 5.30pm High House Gardens, Thetford
14th June 12 – 5pm Heggatt Hall, Horstead
21st June 11-5pm Walcott House, Walcott, Nr Norwich
5th July 12 – 4pm Tyger Barn, Beccles
11th & 12th July 11-5pm: Black Horse Cottage, Norwich
19th & 26th July 11-5pm: Dale Farm, Dereham
29th July 11 – 5pm: Lexham Hall, Nr. Litcham
July – Sept by arrangement only Acre Meadow, Gt. Yarmouth
Julia Stafford Allen, Norfolk County Organiser, National Garden Scheme commented, “We are very happy to announce that some of our gardens in Norfolk will be able to welcome people through their gates. Right now many of our local gardens are maturing into their full summer palette of colour and so it is wonderful that our garden owners can share this with visitors.”
During garden lockdown, some garden owners unable to open have made a video of their garden which has been posted in a Virtual Garden Visits library. Currently the library holds more than 100 short films and is accessible through this link.
We have also been running a successful campaign called ‘Help Support Our Nurses’, drawing attention to the amazing work on the Coronavirus crisis frontline being carried out by the nursing charities we support. One hundred per cent of funds raised at gardens, and through our virtual garden library, during the rest of 2020 will go to the Help Support Our Nurses campaign.
About the National Garden Scheme
Founded in 1927 to raise funds for community nurses the National Garden Scheme has given away over £60million to nursing and health charities and is the largest single funder for many of its beneficiaries. The money is raised through the opening of exceptional gardens across England and Wales. In 2019 the gardens raised £4 million. In 2020, 3,700 gardens were scheduled to open, but the current lockdown means that their gates have been closed for the first time in the charity’s history.
Queen’s Nurse Quote:
“I love the National Garden Scheme which has been the most brilliant supporter of Queen’s Nurses like me. It was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute which makes me very proud. As we battle Coronavirus on the front line in the community, knowing we have their support is a real comfort.”
For image to accompany this quote https://bit.ly/NGSNursingImages
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