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Gates to beautiful Barton-under-Needwood garden thrown open to raise money for St Giles Hospice

A stunning Barton-under-Needwood garden will be opened to the public to help raise funds for a local charity.

Ray Blundell in his garden

Ray Blundell in his garden

Ray and Michelle Blundell’s horticultural skills were showcased on BBC Gardener’s World last year thanks to their colourful Japanese Maple trees.

Now local residents will be able to see them up close on September 9 and October 28 to help raise funds for Whittington-based St Giles Hospice.

Their previous open event saw a large turnout after presenter Monty Don mentioned the date.

“We had over a thousand people turn up one afternoon,” Ray said. “And while it raised over £3,500 for St Giles, it ruined my lawn!

“Our aim is to have succession in the garden, so there is always something interesting happening all through the year. In June the perennials shine, September will show off our ornamental grasses and October will again feature the spectacular colour show the maples provide.”

Tea and cakes will be provided at the events. Admission is £4. The garden is at Woodhouses just outside of Barton-under-Needwood and can be found using the postcode DE13 8BS on sat navs.

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