One of the bee-friendly garden winners set to open to the public in Whittington

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A feast of flowers and fairy doors awaits visitors to Whittington’s first-ever open gardens events. Many of the 15 sites opening their gates on June 14 have never been open to the public before. The event is being organised by Whittington & Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) and will run from 11am to 5pm. Entry costs £3 for adults, with under 16s free. Event organiser Dave Murcott said: “From large to small, every garden has a beauty and character all its own. “Several of the featured gardens won prizes in our Bee-Friendly Gardens competition in 2014, so there will be lots of inspiration to be found by those wishing to attract wildlife into their own plots. “Children will be enthralled and entertained by the fairy doors trail – hidden in each garden will be one or more fairy doors, all hand-made by local people. “Most gardens are within easy walking distance. Or people can hop onto a free minibus to reach the outlying gardens.” The event is being supported by Tippers Building Materials and Manor Farm Fruits. Amy Tipper, from Tippers Building Materials, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help Whittington gardeners show off the results of their love and devotion to their plots.” People wanting to follow the trail can purchase their programme from the event hub on Jubilee Park on Vicarage Lane, which will provide entry to the gardens. Jubilee Park is the location of WFEG’s recently established community orchard, which contains a host of rare and regional heritage fruit trees, a wildflower meadow and a bee-friendly garden designed by local Brownies. Many of the gardens will have their own plant sales and craft stalls. Some will also offer refreshments and live music. For more information about the event ring Dave on 0782 332 4056, or Debbie on 07808 471 356.