Open your garden to keep air medics flying

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If you are proud of your garden you could show it off this year and help a life-saving charity.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust is encouraging its green fingered supporters to open their gardens to family, friends and neighbours this summer, as part of its new Summer of Open Gardens season.

Gardening guru Ken Crowther, who has presented BBC Essex’s Saturday morning gardening programme for almost 30 years, has become the campaign’s first ambassador.

The fund-raising initiative takes place across Hertfordshire and Essex from April to September.

To take part, you just register the date of your open garden event with the charity, invite guests and encourage visitors to make a donation on the day.

The Summer of Open Gardens Fundraising Pack is now available, with gardening and fundraising tips from Ken Crowther and the charity’s fundraising team. To request a pack, visit, email or call 0345 2417 690. More information at

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. With no direct funding from the Government or National Lottery it relies upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of those areas to raise the £500,000 needed every month to keep both helicopters flying and saving lives.

Ken Crowther runs his own landscaping company, Crowther Landscapes, and has recently launched the first online streamed gardening radio station,, which includes interviews from prominent gardeners around the world, visits to gardens and listeners’ questions.