Spring into a Garden
Gayton Hall Spring

Spring into a Garden open for the National Garden Scheme

Three Spring gardens are opening across the county to support the National Garden Scheme charities during March.  The brightly coloured bulbs of spring are emerging ready for a splendid show for our garden visitors.

These early gardens offer opportunities to get out into the countryside, enjoy woodland walks, and a time to appreciate narcissus and all the other spring flowers, as well as that essential cup of tea and piece of cake.

Sat 18th March East Ruston Old Vicarage, NR12 9HN (12-5.30) Adm £13 Chd £2. Light Refreshments. Variety and all year-round interest to explore in this amazing 32-acre exotic coastal garden.

Sun 26th March Gayton Hall, PE32 1PL (11-4.30) Adm £6 Chd free. Home-made teas. 20 acres where paths wind through a watery landscape, slightly wild and wooded with an abundance of spring bulbs. Dogs on leads.

Sun 26th March Mannington Estate, NR11 7BB (11-4) Adm £6 Chd free. Light Refreshments. 20-acres feature shrubs, lake and trees. The garden surrounds moated medieval manor. A special feature is the garden wildlife. Variety of trees and shrubs Dogs on leads.

County organiser Julia Stafford Allen said “It can be so lovely to get outside at this time of year and these great gardens have opened for us for many years and we are so fortunate to have them in the Scheme’

Before visiting a garden, please check the website www.ngs.org.uk for UpToDate information.

Spring into a Garden
Gayton Hall Narcissi

About National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and raises impressive amounts of money for some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated more than £67 million to our beneficiary charities, and in 2022 made donations of £3.11 million. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, we launched our annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic. Our funding also supports the training of gardeners and offers respite to horticultural workers who have fallen on difficult times.

To find your perfect garden, visit ngs.org.uk, download the National Garden Scheme app or purchase the National Garden Scheme’s Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via ngs.org.uk/shop and at all good book retailers.

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