Gardeners fire up their flower power

Longhirst villagers gathered to clean and tidy up for their  big weekend.
Longhirst villagers gathered to clean and tidy up for their big weekend.
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GARDENS are being groomed and blooms buffed up as final preparations are made for the Longhirst Open Gardens and Flower Festival Weekend.

The popular bi-annual event has now become a well-established fixture in the calendar, offering two days of displays, sales and activities.

This year’s festival has the theme A Celebration of Village Life.

And it will be carried through the beautiful displays at St John’s Church for its Flower Festival.

In addition to the blooms on display, 13 villagers are opening up their gardens to the public, including the Walled Garden, which still has its original John Dobson glasshouses. There will also be plant sales.

For non-gardeners, there are miniature railway rides at Croft House, children’s activities, musical entertainment in the church, craft displays and sales in the Village Hall, a raffle, tombola, and much more. Refreshments take the form of morning coffee at Barnacre and homemade lunches and teas in the Village Hall.

All proceeds from the community-led event will go to the Village Hall and the St John’s Vestry Fund.

Various activities have taken place in preparation for the event, including children making bird boxes for display and a fund-raising performance by the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band.

The festival runs this weekend and is open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday, with the flower auction at 4.30pm.

Admission costs £5 per day, or £8 for the weekend, with accompanied children free. There is free parking at Longhirst Hall, with disabled parking at the Village Hall and church.

For details contact Linda Rudd on 01670 790116, email or visit