Blooming success as garden event supports church and charities

From left: Jean Fitch and Alex Ballance of Blooming Marvellous Plants

From left: Jean Fitch and Alex Ballance of Blooming Marvellous Plants

A church and five charities will benefit from money raised at an open gardens event at the weekend.

Lillingstone Lovell Open Gardens is an annual event in the village which has been held since 1997.

It was first organised to raise funds to repair the clock at St Mary’s Church and the 14th century building has benefited ever since.

The amount raised this year, which is yet to be confirmed, will go towards improving the church windows.

But the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, Buckingham Hospital, Willen Hospice, Medical Detection Dogs and the Alzheimer’s Society will receive half of what was raised between them.

Over the weekend, more than 600 people visited the gardens which were filled with stalls of craft and refreshments.

Village artist Jane Scott displayed her paintings in the cottage gardens of Brookside and Little Thatch.

Bruce Sawford, who helped organise the event, said there was a nice community feel because ‘everyone mucks in’.

He said: “It’s quite good really. We had a whole core of people from the village that made it happen.”

The centrepiece over the weekend was a life-size metallic horse provided by Mike Daly of The Manor, which Mr Sawford described as ‘eye-catching’.

It was decorated with plants and was the subject of many photographs.




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