After six successful years, we’re taking a break for a year in 2019….
The first Stoke Bishop Open Gardens was organised by a small group of volunteers in June 2013, aiming to link the University Botanic Garden more closely to its local community. Friends of the Botanic Garden provided the nucleus of the gardens which opened in the first year. It proved to be a very popular local event, with the community turning out in their hundreds to enjoy the gardens, discover more about their neighbourhood and enjoy tea, cake and company at the village hall.
Since then, we have moved the open gardens ‘trail’ around Stoke Bishop, showcasing a range of beautiful gardens in different parts of this lovely area of Bristol. We didn’t set out to raise money, but very local charities such as the Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve, Kewstoke Road scouts and the Stoke Bishop hanging baskets as well as the Botanic Garden have benefited substantially from the proceeds totalling £11,450 over the six years. This was only possible with the generosity of those who opened their gardens and all the volunteers who helped to make it a success.
Events like this don’t just happen and this one has relied on a small team of volunteers for its organisation. That team has now been depleted as three of the organisers have recently moved away from the area, so this seems a good time to take a break for a year while we look around for new people to come forward to help. We also need to source new gardens to add to those who are willing to re-open from time to time. If you would like to help in any way to keep this very popular community event going into the future, please do get in touch.
Photos: Paul Mugford, Holly Mugford.