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Child Okeford Gardening Club – Open Gardens Day

When Jack Shonfield suggested an open gardens event at one of the Gardening Club meetings last autumn I doubt that he realised how much hard work was involved. Not that he was alone in his endeavours, supported by his wife Liv, Jane McCallum and Annie and Alan Blackman the team produced a day that was truly memorable and enjoyed by all that took part. They are to be congratulated on a truly remarkable achievement but I will let them finish the story :

“Despite a rather gloomy day and competition from other local villages, our Open Gardens Day proved a great success. We had over 200 people visiting the 21 gardens that were open, and raised over £1,000 from ticket sales, which was split between the Village Hall and the Community Centre. Also the Club raised over £300 for its own funds from thesale of teas and cakes, and plants.
There was very positive feedback from the garden owners we have spoken to subsequently. All very much enjoyed the experience of showing visitors around their gardens, and are keen for the event to be repeated. And many said that its occurrence had the additional benefit of making them get round to doing things in their garden which they would not otherwise have got round to.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the day such a success.”


The Open Gardens Committee