Historic Aubourn Hall opens gardens for St Barnabas Hospice

17th May 2023

Aubourn Hall, a 17th century manor house with wisteria growing on the façade, winding shrubberies, potted and bedded plants.

Aubourn Hall, a 17th century manor house, is opening its beautiful gardens to the public on Sunday 2nd July between 10am – 3pm in support of St Barnabas Hospice.

Trees and plants in a large garden with a tree trunk on the ground with steps cut into it.

This event will give visitors the rare opportunity to explore the vast gardens that are part of the historic manor built in 1628, which has remained in the Nevile family ever since.

The estate spans twelve acres and boast a variety of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees, laid out into sections including woodlands with a prairie garden by the river Witham, a perfumed rose garden, multiple ponds and more.

Rebecca Franks, Director of Patient Care at St Barnabas, says: “Aubourn Hall only opens its beautiful gardens for charity events so this is an exclusive chance for people to explore whilst supporting local hospice care.

Red hamper with tea, cake and coffee, white heart sculpture against backdrop of a 17th manor house and gardens.

“We will be hosting a Care for a Cuppa fundraiser, selling refreshments and delicious cakes, gifts such as tea and coffee hampers and items for our upcoming HeART Trail, plus there will be a tombola with great prizes to win. You can meet St Barnabas staff and volunteers and find out more about all our services or how you can support us further.

“Entry will be free for children and £8 per adult, payable at the gate on arrival by cash or card so there is no need to book tickets in advance. There will also be plenty of free parking available.

“Each year, our charity provides high-quality, free care to over 12,000 people across Lincolnshire, in our Hospice buildings, patients’ own homes and in our six Wellbeing Centres. We could not do this without the support of people in our community, so we hope to welcome lots of people to Aubourn Hall.

A woman with silver hair and floral dress standing with man in black vest and blue top standing in front of manor house with wisteria.

“We look forward to seeing you on 2nd July!”

At the time of the event, the gardens will be in full bloom with the rose garden a particularly special sight to see and smell, wonderful walks through the woodlands and many other areas of the large estate to explore. Aubourn Hall’s gardens are fully accessible with disabled parking available.

Ant, Head Gardener at Aubourn Hall says: “We have very limited opening times, so this is a great way of viewing the gardens in the height of summer when the flowers and plants are flourishing.

Trees and plants in a large garden with a tree trunk on the ground with steps cut into it.

“We open our gardens to support charities and St Barnabas was chosen as one of our beneficiaries this season. We want to help raise vital funds and awareness of an incredible charity that has touched the hearts of countless people over four decades through its care for people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

“We really look forward to the event, it is our way of saying ‘thank you’ and to show our appreciation. All proceeds of the open gardens will go to St Barnabas.”

To stay up to date with information surrounding the event on 2nd July and to register your interest, join the Facebook event page.

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