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Enjoy stunning open gardens in Cambridgeshire under National Garden Scheme

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A series of beautiful private gardens are being opened to the public this bank holiday weekend and into June under the National Garden Scheme.

Some 3,500 exceptional private gardens open in England and Wales each year under the scheme, which has been running for more than 90 years, raising funds for nursing charities through admissions, teas and cake.

38 Chapel Street Cambridge, National Gardens Scheme (47501989)
38 Chapel Street Cambridge, National Gardens Scheme (47501989)

The county organiser for Cambridgeshire, Jenny Marks, said: “There really is a magnificent choice this weekend. It will be a chance to see some of the finest gardens in the county.”

Cambourne’s gardens will be open for the tenth year, with six gardens to visit between 11am and 5pm on Sunday, May 30, showing just what can be done in a short space of time to turn an unpromising new build plot into a beautiful oasis.

Further north towards Ely, Sutton Gardens, a group of seven, promises a diverse opening with historic elements, wildlife, ponds and gorgeous views of the Fenland countryside.

Sutton Gardens will be open from 1-6pm on Sunday, May 30. On bank holiday Monday, 38 Chapel Street, Ely, will have a ‘pop-up’ opening where teas will also be served.

Wisbech sees the opening of Elm House with its walled garden and three-acre flower meadow, open from 1-5pm.

Island Hall, National Gardens Scheme (47501991)
Island Hall, National Gardens Scheme (47501991)

A riverside setting forms the backdrop for the gardens at Island Hall, Godmanchester, open from 10.30am-4.30pm on Sunday, offering a chance to see the garden’s 18th-century formal design with box parterre, a Saxon mill race and wild flowers.

Nearby at 23A Perry Road, Buckden, a quirky plantsman’s paradise, much of it planted in the Japanese style, will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 28-30.

23a Perry Road, Cambridge. National Gardens Scheme (47501963)
23a Perry Road, Cambridge. National Gardens Scheme (47501963)

The open gardens continue the following weekend.

In Cambridge, there will be a chance to see the garden at 34 Millington Road on Saturday June 5, from 2-5pm.

The skilfully planted courtyard garden at 38 Kingston Street and nearby Cottage Garden in Sedgwick Street, will open on Sunday June 6, between 2-6pm, and pre-booking is essential for these two.

Also on Sunday June 6, from 2-5pm, the gardens at Highsett development in Cambridge will be open.

Proceeds from all these openings will help fund the nursing and caring charities supported by the National Garden Scheme. Visit https://ngs.org.uk/ to see all the gardens, fees, facilities and to book ahead.

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