3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

The National Garden Scheme celebrates its 90th year

PUBLISHED: 00:00 29 May 2017

Clemley House

Clemley House

n/a

Discover some of Cheshire’s hidden gems this summer through the National Gardening Scheme, which marks its 90th anniversary, writes Emma Mayoh.

Hatton HouseHatton House

The National Garden Scheme is an institution. For the past 90 years it has been showcasing some of the country’s best gardens and raising money for charity at the same time. And in our county it has been no different.

From Arley Hall and Peover Hall - members of the NGS since it was founded 90 years ago - to the newer, smaller green spaces you wouldn’t usually get a chance to look at, there is a wonderful variety of gardens to view up close. They are all lovingly tended and opened at selected times through the hard work of an army of enthusiasts and volunteers.

John Hinde, county organiser for Cheshire and Wirral, who has his garden, Twin Gates, in the scheme, will open on the evening of June 16th. He said: ‘It is a wonderful thing to do. I love gardening and was really pleased to get involved.

‘We open our garden this year in the evening as something a little bit different. We have made some wonderful friends and I visit many other beautiful gardens.’

150 Barrel Well Hill150 Barrel Well Hill

All this hard work means that thousands are raised for charity. In 2016, £3 million was raised nationally and Cheshire and Wirral raised over £100,000. It is the largest single contributor to nursing charities.

Carol and Chris Bennion joined the National Garden Society four years ago. This year, they will open their garden at Threapwood, near Malpas, which features a blaze of beautiful colours, on June 17th and 18th from 1pm – 5pm.

The couple have completely changed the gardens at their home since they moved in a decade ago.

‘I’ve taken everything out of all of the borders other than established shrubs,’ said Carol. ‘It’s been a lot of hard work. We managed to save two fruit trees including a Bramley apple tree which is over 100 years old. There’s also a pear tree which produces fruit with the most amazing flavour.

‘The NGS is an incredible organisation to be involved with. We have met some fantastic people and it means you’re doing something you love and raising money for charity at the same time. It’s a win, win situation.’

For details of Cheshire and Wirral gardens open to visits, log on to www.ngs.org.uk.

More from Homes & Gardens

Yesterday, 16:43

A stunning new development of ten luxury lodges at Plas Farm Caravan Park, Nant Lodges is the ultimate in holiday home retreats.

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wendy Radley looks back on an eventful first year of trade for the online flower boutique.

Read more
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fragrant flowers, fabulous garden designs and some poignant exhibits meant the 20th RHS Tatton Flower Show was blooming marvellous

Read more
RHS Tatton
Monday, September 3, 2018

This grand lodge in wooded grounds benefits from historic charm and modern amenities

Read more
Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural energy provider, Calor, gives some top tips for homeowners wanting to make their houses cosy and warm in time for the colder months.

Read more
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ben Melton has taken a hobby and made it pay…in a myriad of ways

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The aim of heylo is to make home ownership accessible to everyone.

Read more

What do you get when you combine great design with innovative thinking? Arley House in Ashley, that’s what

Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s innovative Create for Nature project aims to benefit nature and people

Read more
Monday, July 30, 2018

The historic Arts and Crafts property in Bowdon, Altrincham, featuring 21st century mod cons

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

As the 20th RHS Tatton Flower Show approaches, we look at the Victorian concept of floriography, in effect, saying it with flowers.

Read more
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wistaston-based engineer Jag Virdie wanted to alter notions of domestic architecture, so he created a round, shiny, beautiful Conker.

Read more
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Residential property company heylo recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the Armed Forces community, including regulars, reserves, veterans and their families. The signing took place in a ceremony held at Wellington Barracks

Read more
Monday, May 28, 2018

A rare opportunity to buy a renowned estate with an important, rich and diverse history.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


Local Business Directory

Property Search