Open Gardens Day

On Sunday 25th June 2017, our small village in south Suffolk will once again open its gardens to the public in order to raise funds for our beautiful Grade 1 listed All Saints Church and, this year, the gardening charity “Thrive”.

But this year will be special to the village because it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this famous Open Gardens event. It is perhaps also special to a wider audience, because we believe that Chelsworth started the village Open Gardens movement, an idea that has now been taken up by communities all over the country.

For the tiny community of 150 villagers, Open Gardens Day is the culmination of months of planting, weeding, mowing and the baking of cakes!  We’re easy to find, on the B1115 between Lavenham and Bildeston; set your satnav to IP77HU or find us on the map (here). Please do join us to celebrate our 50th for a really great day out.

To discover how the Chelsworth Open Gardens story began and much more about the day, just press the live links on the green band below (and if you’d like to join us as a stall-holder, just press here)




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