Margaret and Peter Hargreaves

A couple are opening their garden near Lichfield to the public to raise money for dementia research.

Margaret and Peter Hargreaves

This is the 27th year that Margaret and Peter Hargreaves have held open days at Grafton Cottage in Barton-under-Needwood as part of the National Garden Scheme.

In that time they have raised over £80,000 for various charities, including around £15,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The pair have cultivated the garden, which was featured on BBC show Gardeners’ World in 2017, for the past 40 years.

Hundreds of people flock each year to enjoy the colourful borders and the unusual variety of plants.

Open days at the garden will be held on 30th June, 14th July, 28th July and 4th August, from 11.30am to 5pm. Entry is £4 for adults and free for children.

The couple will be serving home-made cream teas and will also have a selection of garden plants for sale.

The funds raised support a project conducted by Prof Kevin Morgan at the University of Nottingham, who runs the Alzheimer’s Research UK DNA Bank, a resource containing more than 10,000 DNA samples that dementia scientists can draw upon for their research.

Zoe Baggott, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s regional fundraising officer for the West Midlands, said: “We can’t thank Peter and Margaret enough for their amazing support of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“The money raised powers world-class research and help us in our mission to make life-changing breakthroughs for people with dementia.”

For more information go to www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/11244.

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