Fundraising is blooming for village’s open garden event

Some of the gardens that will be open to the public in Netherwitton for the National Gardens Scheme.
Some of the gardens that will be open to the public in Netherwitton for the National Gardens Scheme.

Village visitors can take a peek beyond the garden gates of 15 plots as part of a charity fundraising day.

Residents in Netherwitton are opening up their private gardens to the public on Sunday as part of the annual National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Some of the gardens that will be open to the public in Netherwitton for the National Gardens Scheme.

Some of the gardens that will be open to the public in Netherwitton for the National Gardens Scheme.

People will also have access to the grounds of Netherwitton Hall as it will host a barbecue from 5pm to 7pm.

The open day will raise funds for NGS charities, as well as St Giles’s Church and the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell, home of the Morpeth group of the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Pegasus Centre chairman Nick Myerscough will have ponies on display, and there will be information about the charity in his summerhouse.

He said: “Netherwitton is a hidden gem in the Font Valley. The gardens are very rarely open to the public and it is an opportunity to see lots of beautiful gardens belonging to ordinary people.”

It is an opportunity to see lots of beautiful gardens belonging to ordinary people.

Nick Myerscough

Mr Myerscough, managing director of Westway Veterinary Group, has created his garden out of a former car park over the last 10 years, and a variety of plots will be open.

“The gardens range from large, rural gardens, village gardens and allotments to courtyards, new houses and old gardens,” he said.

“The gardens will be looking their best, and we are hoping for a lovely sunny day.

“I have visited many private gardens through the NGS scheme and have been inspired by the ideas and hard work of amateur gardeners.”

There will also be a plant stall, and tea and refreshments will be served in the village hall.

The Pegasus Centre offers activities such as riding, showjumping, dressage and horse care for disabled and able-bodied people.

Mr Myerscough said: “The Pegasus Centre relies heavily on volunteers to help with the riding for disabled children. We want to raise the centre’s profile and encourage more people to volunteer. Even if it is only a few hours a month it is still very valuable to us. There will also be opportunities to help the centre by sponsoring our wonderful ponies.”

NGS county organiser Maureen Kesteven said: “Since its inception in 1927, the NGS has raised more than £45million for nursing and care charities.

“It is the biggest single donor to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and the Carers’ Trust.

“This year, the NGS will give more than £2.6million to these and other charities.

“Every visit to an NGS garden gives vital funding to worthwhile causes.”

The gardens will be open from noon to 5pm. Admission costs £5 for adults.