Gardeners glimpse village’s gems

Open gardens event in Long Melford.   Bill Haldane in his garden.
Open gardens event in Long Melford. Bill Haldane in his garden.

GARDENS great and small took centre stage during a village’s open garden event – described by organisers as the best yet.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to Long Melford to see 18 gardens, proudly put on display by residents on Monday.

A variety of gardens – from courtyard to country house – were available for people to see, along with stalls selling plants and crafts.

Melonie Clubb, who has organised the event with her husband Robert throughout its four-year history, said: “It was a great success and we had lots of people along.

“I think some gardens had over 570 visitors. It is a great village event that seems to become more popular every year.”

Melonie added that she was hopeful the event, which is run to raise money for Long Melford’s Holy Trinity Church, had beat last year’s total.

“We raised around £2,000 last year and I think we have beaten that,” she said.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who showed their gardens and who has helped raise money for the church.”