Villages link garden days

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THREE villages in the heart of Suffolk are combining forces as they prepare to give the open gardens experience a fresh twist.

Long Melford, Lavenham and Chelsworth all host open garden events in the coming weeks, and for the first time the trio have joined together to promote the days.

Organisers are hoping that this new initiative, as well as mixing traditional country and craft fair stalls in with the garden displays, will provide an attraction to visitors from across the county.

Ben Bowmaker, chairman of the Chelsworth Open Gardens committee said: “We are all collaborating and working together to try and get more families and younger people involved in the day.

“We hope it will catch on as the spirit of enterprise and inter-village support will help bring communities closer together and strengthen our local economies,” he added.

Proceeds from the events would be used to help the villages’ churches and charities.

Long Melford gardens are open from 10am to 5pm on Monday. Lavenham Secret Gardens open on June 19 and Chelsworth’s on June 26.

Tickets are available on the day at Chelsworth and Long Melford. At Lavenham, tickets are on sale at village shops and the tourist office, and in the gardens on the day.