How did we do it? Who knows, as it was Fathers’ Day and blazing hot, but still people came to see the nine gardens and force down the tea and cakes.
Here’s a sample of what they saw…
Thanks, Rose and Tom, for spotting them and actually thinking to take pictures!
How cute is that!
With any luck we’ll have good weather for the Open Gardens this Sunday, 18th June.
This year there’ll actually be nine for you to see for your £5 entry fee (one has had to drop out for personal reasons) including Charles Dowding’s famous organic veg and Gert Schley’s organic everything – both back by popular demand – and a potpourri(!) of others from Paul Nicholls’ classically immaculate garden to Jinny and Stephen Wessel’s wonderful, free-flowing mixed borders and endless variety of spaces.
Our usual delicious teas, with something to suit most dietary requirements, will be available at a couple of locations along the route – why not sample both?!
Free, attended parking will be in the Chapel field off the first bend in No Through Road (look on your satnav for BA4 6PZ)). Incidentally this is the best access point, via the orchard – on this day at least – for the wood itself if you want to have a picnic on one of our two benches, or have the energy to take a stroll and see how it’s coming along.
£5 entry tickets will be at the Tin Chapel, by the entrance to the car park.
Gardens Open from 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Proceeds in aid of Haddon Wood.
It’s that time again – Alhampton Open Gardens is coming up fast – come and look around this year’s selection on Sunday 12th June, see how Haddon Wood is progressing, check out the photographic display in the Chapel and then recover with a cup of tea and piece of cake.
Parking this year will be in the Orchard field behind the Chapel in No Through Road and tickets (including map), available this year from the Chapel itself. BA4 6PZ.
Well, you have to, don’t you! …You don’t?… Well, we’re there all the same. Look for Haddon Wood, Alhampton, Somerset
… is Joe Middleton, who arrived at the beginning of June. If Hil’s memory is accurate he comes to us from the Wildlife Trust; some of FHWC walked the wood with him and he was very impressed by the level of interest and how things are looking. He’s very knowledgeable and we’re looking forward to working with him. I hope there’s a way we can get together so some of you can meet him too.
Weary, but oh, so worth it, at the end of a long day of Open Gardens, didn’t our gardeners, cake bakers, signmakers, ticket sellers – all brought together by Hil – do us proud! It’s too late to write anything sensible and considered but here’s a taster…
…and here’s a selection of Rose Hubbard’s pictures from the day. It’s good to have an official photographer on the committee!
…and finally, the good news, from Hil…
Once again we used this as a fund-raising opportunity for Haddon Wood, and on 7 June we were blessed with three things: weather, the results of advertising on a free website, and Monty Don’s reference to Somerset having great gardens to visit. All that meant more visitors than we’ve ever seen, and a total profit of over £1660! A lot of people put in a great deal of effort and it was well worth it. If you’ve never come along to this, we’ll be doing it all again next year; we do have some different gardens each time (and some everyone always wants to see). If you’re not keen on gardens, come for the tea and cake – delicious! We’re building an excellent fund for taking us into leasing, and allowing us to do some things as we go along.