Village gardens open for good cause

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A total of 13 gardens in the village of Tissington, near Ashbourne, will be open to the public on Sunday, August 4, between 12noon and 4pm.

The gardens range from the ten acres of Tissington Hall to the small gardens of the village cottages and the residents offer a warm welcome to all visitors.

All monies raised from the event will be donated to the village’s St Mary’s Church, and will be used specifically for the renovation and refurbishment of the church’s ancient organ.

The work is estimated to cost £25,000 and nearly half of this sum has already been raised from recent events such as garden fetes.

Entrance to all 13 gardens is by ticket, costing £5 per family (two adults and two children) or £2 per adult on the day, from either The Old Coach House Tearooms or at the Hall gate.

Sir Richard FitzHerbert, owner of Tissington Hall, said: “I’m thrilled that we have so many villagers wanting to open their gardens in aid of a worthy cause, namely our small village church. ”

In addition, village enterprises will be open, including the award-winning Edward and Vintage sweetshop. Also, Angela Thompson will be selling her wares at the Glass at the Barn Workshop.