Opening of spectacular gardens for a charity event

Gregynog will open its gardens for the National Garden Scheme

The gardens of Gregynog Hall in Newtown are known for the magnificent display of rhododendrons and azaleas as well as the unique yew hedge that surrounds the lawns below.

Members of the Gregynog Trust have designated May 7 and 8 as a weekend to show their support for the National Garden Scheme.

Money raised will go to fund nursing and care charities supported by the scheme, including Macmillan, Marie Curie, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Hospice UK and Carers Trust.

Helen Anthony, advertising manager for North Powys, said: “Rhododendrons and azaleas should be in full bloom for people to enjoy.

“People will be able to walk in the gardens and the woods.

“The sunken lawn and hedge were designed by William Emes, a well-known garden architect in the 1700s.

“It is the shaping of the cover that is unique and amazing because it has survived for so long despite changing fashions which have seen many others disappear.

“The gardens are beautiful and are Grade I listed and set in a designated National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

“It’s a truly spectacular time for visitors to see the gardens bloom at their best, but another weekend in support of the National Garden Scheme also takes place in October when visitors can see the colors of autumn .”

The gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm on 7 and 8 May with parking costing £2.50 and admission by donation.

The National Garden Scheme gives people unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Impressive sums are raised for some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities through admissions and the sale of teas and cakes.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme, which was founded in 1927, has donated over £63million to beneficiary charities, and last year alone , he has donated over £3million.

The program also funds projects that promote gardens and gardening as therapy and in 2017 the annual Garden and Health Week was launched to raise awareness about this.

The funding also supports the training of gardeners and provides respite for horticultural workers going through difficult times.

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