Enjoy your summer break in the gardens open to the public

Huntsmoor at Bovingdon opens during 2015 for the National Gardens Scheme.

Huntsmoor at Bovingdon opens during 2015 for the National Gardens Scheme.

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Parents are being urged to take their children on garden visits during the summer holidays, and help raise funds for charities.

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has almost 500 gardens open across England and Wales during the holidays, many of which don’t charge for young people under 16 years of age.

One family-friendly garden opening in Hertfordshire over the holidays is 142 Falconer Road, Bushey, which features a magical space decorated with bird cages, lighting and chimneys – and which was featured on Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV show, Britain’s Best Back Gardens broadcast in February this year.

The benefits of NGS gardens to young people are many: a new place to explore, fresh air and beautiful colours to enjoy, and the opportunity to learn about plants and nature first-hand.

George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Gardens Scheme, said: “NGS gardens provide the perfect setting for families to relax and enjoy each other’s company in, and are also very good value for money. We hope many families will visit NGS gardens over the summer holidays.”

Visitors to NGS gardens will also have the benefit of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes; since its foundation in 1927, the NGS has donated over £45 million to nursing and caring charities, including Marie Curie and Carers Trust.

Details of all NGS gardens opening this year can be found at www.ngs.org.uk