Skellingthorpe residents open their gardens for local hospice

Gardens throughout Skellingthorpe Village will open to raise money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

Local residents in Skellingthorpe Village in Lincoln will be opening their gardens for the eighteenth year in aid of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. The annual event which is organised by a committee of volunteers will see nine gardens open on Sunday 31st May, from 11am – 4pm.

Mike (70) and Carol (66) Robinson have been opening their garden to the public for the past eight years.

Carol said: “The Open Gardens draws in people from far and wide from across the country. Garden enthusiasts and families come for a browse around the gardens and the village and just to enjoy a nice day out.

“When the weather has been particularly good we have seen up to 70 people in our garden at one time. The day has a wonderful feeling of community spirit and is a brilliant way to bring so many people together.

“It takes a lot of time and hard work to get our garden ready for the Open Gardens but it fills us with a great sense of pride when it is finished. It is very satisfying when we see people enjoying our garden and the experience.”

Entry to the gardens will be via the Skellingthorpe Community Centre and costs £3 per person. Many of the gardens will also have craft stalls and refreshments which will be available for a small donation.

Carol said: “It is wonderful to be able to give something back to such a deserving charity that is a vital part of our community. We know people who have used the hospice and we know how important the service is to so many across the county.

“Over the years the fundraising committee in Skellingthorpe have raised in excess of £73,000 for St Barnabas with over £38,000 from the Open Gardens events. It really is an enjoyable day that helps to make a difference to our local hospice.”

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice will also be hosting a plant sale and serving hot and cold refreshments from the community centre.

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