Gardens galore will open to the public

Garden enthusiasts across north Norfolk will be spoilt for choice in the next few weeks as three villages put on team efforts and open numerous gardens to the public in aid of charity.

GARDEN enthusiasts across north Norfolk will be spoiled for choice in the next few weeks as villages put on team efforts and open numerous gardens to the public in aid of charity.

On Sunday, Itteringham village open gardens day takes place from 12-5pm. There will be 18 gardens open to view at a cost of �2.50 per adult, children free. There will be plant sales, parking, lunches and afternoon teas at the village hall. There will also be horse and landau rides to the furthermost gardens.

Proceeds are for the community run shop which has been running since 1994. The village shop will be open as well as the adjacent St Jude's Gallery.

Also on Sunday, Burgh in Bloom will see the village near Aylsham open 12 gardens to raise money for St. Mary's Church.

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The gardens will be open from noon to 5.30pm, at a cost of �4 and accompanied under 12s will be free.

There will be lunches, teas, produce and plants for sale, plus an exhibition and demonstration of arts and crafts in the church.

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The day will finish with songs of praise at 6pm in the church, accompanied by the Broadland Brass Band.

The following weekend, June 14, Overstrand gardening club will celebrate its 10th anniversary by opening 20 gardens around the village from 10.30am to 6pm.

Plant stalls and refreshments including ploughman's lunches will be available.

Tickets are �3, with accompanied children free. Proceeds are for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A number of the gardens opening have an association with the Pleasaunce estate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lord and Lady Battersea in the 1890s, but there are gardens of all sizes and styles, including one created by some of the children at the Belfry School.

And in Hanworth 14 gardens will be open on June 21 from 11am to 4pm, with pony and trap rides around the common, refreshments including home made cakes in the Memorial Hall and flower arranging demonstrations.

Entry is �3 for adults and children are free, with money collected going to Memorial Hall funds. Gardens range from allotment style and cottage to Japanese inspired.

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