Tockington garden opens for weekend

April 30 2018

OWNERS of a garden in Tockington will welcome the public for the first time during a weekend in May as part of the National Garden Scheme.

Stoneleigh Down was redesigned in 2014 and densely planted with a wide variety of trees, shrubs and bulbs for year-round interest.

Visitors to the garden on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, will also see sub-tropical, wildlife and oriental ponds in the two-thirds of an acre of grounds.

The National Garden Scheme involves the opening of hundreds of gardens of all types and sizes, from those at grand homes to others on modern housing estates, to raise money for charity.

In 2017, a record £3 million was donated to a range of organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK and the National Autistic Society as a result of the garden visits and it is hoped to collect even more this year.

Stoneleigh Down will be open from 1-5pm, with parking provided in the village. Admission is £4 but children will be allowed in free. It will also be open later in the year on September 1 and 2.