Residents open gardens to the public

An open gardens event in Freshwater raised £1,500 for charity.
Six green-fingered growers opened up their gardens to the public in return for a small donation to West Wight Sports and Community Centre’s gym extension project.

Two properties also sold refreshments to help boost funds.

Judith Hunt, organiser of the Open Gardens project and chairman of Freshwater Bay Residents’ Association, said: “With the weather on our side and six stunning Freshwater Bay gardens open to the public, a wonderful day was had by locals and visitors alike. It was rewarding to share gardening hints and tips with fellow green-fingered enthusiasts and know we were also supporting our local sports and community centre with their latest venture.”

The centre wants to increase the size of its gym by 50 per cent and need to raise £150,000.

Centre manager Clare Griffin said: “While it seems like we need to raise a lot of money to extend our gym, this donation actually contributes one per cent of the amount we need! I want to thank all those who took part and can assure them the money will be put to good use in their community.”

The open gardens were:

Baker’s Farm House, Gate Lane – Jane and Kirk Wolley Dod
Havelock House, Gate Lane – James and Dorothy Day, Alan Sheward
Gull Cottage, Blackbridge Road – Terry and Owen Butchers
Treberren, Blackbridge Road – Sheila and Roger Spivey
Well Close, Blackbridge Road – Judith and Sandy Hunt
Japonica Lodge, Victoria Road – Felicity and Michael Wareham

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