The village of Longhope, nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean will be supporting The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) to raise money for charity this year.
The National Gardens Scheme was founded in 1927 where individuals were asked to open up their gardens for ‘a shilling a head’ for charity. Over £8,000was raised in the first year and in 1931 Country Life magazine produced a handbook that would become known as ‘The Yellow Book’ featuring over 1,000 private gardens. Since being founded the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to its beneficiary charities.
Longhope Gardens are offering the chance for the public to explore four open gardens as well as the chance to enjoy delightful locally sourced treats.
Longhope Gardens are also extremely excited to welcome a private tour of 90 visitors from Austria later this month. Accompanied by Karl Ploberger, an Austrian TV garden presenter, the group will be visiting the gardens and experiencing local foodcourtesy of the award winning Hart’s Barn Cookery School.
Longhope gardens will be open to the public in 2016 on the following days:
Saturday 28th May 2016 (12pm – 5pm) – Sunday 29th May 2016 (2pm – 6pm)
Saturday 4th June 2016 (12pm – 5pm) – Sunday 5th June 2016 (2pm-6pm)
The gardens open for visits are:
- Sally & Martin Gibson, Springfield House, Station Lane, Longhope, GL17 0NA
- Lucille Roughley, Woodbine Cottage, Church Road, Longhope, GL17 0LA
- Rev Clive & Linda Edmonds, 3 Church Road, Longhope, GL17 0LH
- Peter Evans, Chessgrove Cottage, Chessgrove Lane, Longhope, GL17 0NE
There is ample parking in the village and in the orchard at Chessgrove Cottage. Admission price £5 (children under 16 free) which covers entry to all four gardens, just follow the yellow NGS signs around Longhope on the open days.