Private gardens opens for charity

National Gardens Scheme - Brian Bradnock at Huntsmoor, Bovingdon.
National Gardens Scheme - Brian Bradnock at Huntsmoor, Bovingdon.
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Owners of private gardens across the country will be opening their gates this year to help raise millions for charities.

Beautiful outdoor spaces across Hertfordshire, from small town spaces to country gardens, will be welcoming visitors to admire their designs.

National Gardens Scheme - Huntsmoor at Bovingdon.

National Gardens Scheme - Huntsmoor at Bovingdon.

Although the scheme started earlier in the spring, the season gets into full swing on the weekend of June 6 and 7 when many gardens join the national open weekend event.

One garden opening during June is Huntsmoor in Stoney Lane, Bovingdon, which features a rose garden, rhododendron border, arboretum, Koi pond, nature pond, shrub and herbaceous borders.

The garden has some surprises too as our pictures reveal, and it also has a ‘cave’, and lots of places to sit.

Huntsmoor is the garden of Brian Bradnock and Jane Meir, and they will next welcome visitors through the gates for an evening opening on Thursday, June 18, from 7pm until 9pm. Admission is £5. children admitted free, and wine will be served.

Huntsmoor at Bovingdon for National Gardens Scheme.

Huntsmoor at Bovingdon for National Gardens Scheme.

Make a date for a weekend opening, as you can also view their beautiful gardne on Sunday, September 20 from 2pm until 5pm. Home-made teas will be served and admission is the same. Gluten free provided.

There is full disabled access to the garden including easy access to toilet facilities.

It is advised to approach Huntsmoor from Bushfield Road.

Opening on Sunday, May 31 is 15 Gade Valley Cottages in Dagnall Road, Great Gaddesden, where Bryan Trueman has a sloping garden with paths through a woodland area, with wildlife pond and seating with rural views.

National Gardens Scheme - Huntsmoor at Bovingdon.

National Gardens Scheme - Huntsmoor at Bovingdon.

Admission is £3 for adults and children admitted free, with home-made teas available. The garden is open from 1.30pm until 5pm, and also opens its gates on Sunday, July 12 at the sames times and admission.

View a small town garden at 9 Tannsfield Drive, Hemel Hempstead, on both Sunday, July 19 and Sunday, August 9, from 1.30pm until 5pm, where Peter and Gaynor Barrett have a wonderful space containing 400 plants, creating an oasis of calm.

Admission is £3 for adults with children admitted free, and home-made teas available.

There are many more gardens opening in Hertfordshire for the NGS and a full list and more details appear at www.ngs.org.uk.

National Gardens Scheme - Huntsmoor at Bovingdon.

National Gardens Scheme - Huntsmoor at Bovingdon.

In 2014 the NGS raised £2.5m and made donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Carers Trust, Hospices UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial, National Trust and Parkinson’s UK.