Open Gardens Day

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

But this year was special to the village because we celebrated the 50th anniversary of this famous Open Gardens event. 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 our tiny community of just 150 villagers, Open Gardens Day is the culmination of months of planting, weeding, mowing and the baking of cakes!  

Fortunately, the weather was kind and a wonderful crowd came to join us for the day - both gardening enthusiasts and  those who just wanted a relaxing afternoon.  Just under £14,000 was raised for our chosen charities – 70% for our church and 30% for “Thrive”.  A magnificent result achieved by the villagers and our very generous visitors.

A Date for Your Diary: Next year’s Open Garden Day will be on Sunday, 24th June (always the last Sunday of June). We’re easy to find, on the B1115 between Lavenham and Bildeston; set your satnav to IP77HU or find us on the map (here).  So if you can, please do join us …




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