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Annual Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh event replaced with photography competition due to coronavirus lockdown




An annual charity gardens event, which has raised £15,000 over the last five years, is set to return in virtual form this summer, in light of the coronavirus lockdown.

Organisers of the Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh confirmed the event will not go ahead as usual, but will be replaced with a photography competition, which invites residents to submit one photo of their garden.

Entries can be submitted to hadleighgardens@gmail.com up until May 30, and will be viewable at hadleighgardens.co.uk on June 6 – the planned date of the original event.

Gardening stock photo of a gardener wearing bright red wellies digging over soil in a vegetable patch.. (34579869)
Gardening stock photo of a gardener wearing bright red wellies digging over soil in a vegetable patch.. (34579869)

The organising committee will then judge the entries to pick the best hidden garden and best wild garden, while the public will be able to vote on which entry should win a people’s choice award.

Committee member Heather Gibson said: “Obviously, this year, because of Covid-19, we have had to cancel our normal Hidden Gardens event.

“However, the committee thought it would be a good idea to mark the day that the gardens would normally open with a garden photography competition.

“We believe doing this will help keep the event alive and also bring the town together at this difficult time, with as many Hadleigh residents taking part as possible.”

Donations can also be made, for the benefit of St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh, via www.gofundme.com/f/hidden-gardens-of-hadleigh.


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