Gardens open to raise money for charity

Grimsthorpe Castle. ENGEMN00120130904095507
Grimsthorpe Castle. ENGEMN00120130904095507
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Easton Walled Gardens will open on Friday, April 18, as part of the National Gardens Scheme to raise money for national nursing, gardening and other charitable causes.

Visitors will see the ongoing revival of the gardens, set in 12 acres of parkland with dramatic views. The gardens feature Italianate terraces, a yew tunnel, a cut flower garden, David Austin roses, iris, daffodil and sweet pea collections, a cottage and vegetable gardens.

The gardens have been in the Cholmeley family for 14 generations.

Visitors are asked to wear shoes suitable for country walking. The tearoom sells light lunches, teas and homemade cakes and the shop stocks seasonal gardening gifts. There is wheelchair access to the upper gardens, tearoom and shop but not to the lower gardens.

Admission is £6.75 for adults and £2.50 for children. For more details go to

l Burghley House Private South Gardens will open tomorrow and Sunday (April 12 and 13) from 11 am to 4pm. Admission to the gardens is £3.50, Children £2. For details call 01780 752451 or go to

l The gardens of Grimsthorpe Castle will be open on Sunday (April 13) from 11am to 5pm. Entry to the gardens only is £5.50, children £2. For details go to or call 01778 591205.

lLittle Ponton gardens will be open on Easter Sunday (see Village News).