OPEN GARDENS 2016
We have had some excellent Open Garden events this year, which started with a Spring Bank Holiday opening of the grounds at Grimsthorpe Castle on 2nd May. The weather was a little disappointing but did not deter some of you. This was followed by Rauceby Hall on 15th May, where visitor numbers picked up and then a number of gardens rarely accessible, around the Cathedral in Lincoln, were opened on 12th June. Garden owners in Brant Broughton got together to provide a “garden crawl” around the village on 19th June with the customary excellent tea and cakes provided at the beautifully preserved 18th century Quaker Meeting House in the village. Plant stalls did the usual roaring trade.
A considerable number of houses on Westgate in Louth had worked together to create an excellent trail through their back gardens, many with fine views of the magnificent spire of St James, on 26th June. The weather was very kind, attendance was excellent and copious quantities of tea and cake were provided to visitors at St James.
The final open garden of the year, at Holbeach Hurn, sadly had a disappointing turnout but unfortunately we had accidentally clashed with Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Final triumph, which proved a greater draw for people! We will endeavour to avoid such a conflict of interests next year.
In total the open gardens this year raised a magnificent total of about £3,000 after expenses which will all be put towards grants for hard-pressed churches to assist them with necessary repairs. We are extremely grateful to all who have opened their gardens, attended or helped this year. Your efforts really are greatly appreciated.
Graham Cook Hon. Secretary