Sheep, music and plants help charities’ fundraising

Hidden sheep, live music and lovely gardens will be raising money for good causes in the Cotswolds in the next few weeks.

There are several village garden events and the chance to see one of the Cotswold’s beautiful large gardens.

Ozleworth Park

On Sunday June 18, 2017, Ozleworth Park will be the venue for an open day in aid of Stroud district Citizens Advice.

Mixed borders, a rose garden, orchard and water garden are just some of the features of this large and varied garden near Wotton-under-Edge.

Ozleworth water garden

Nailsworth Silver Band and Panache, a steel band, will perform and there will be teas and plants for sale.

The event runs from 2pm-5.30pm and entrance is £5, free to children under 16. No dogs are allowed, except guide dogs.

Prestbury Open Gardens

There will be gardens of all sizes open in Prestbury, Cheltenham, on June 17 and 18, raising money for St Mary’s Church and The Butterfly Garden charity.

One of the Prestbury gardens

The event runs from 2-5pm on both days and includes plant sales, nursery stands and cream teas.

Admission is £5 for adults, accompanied children enter free. You can pick up a passport for the gardens at St Mary’s Church or at any garden with the Prestbury Open Gardens sign.

Chedworth Open Gardens

Chedworth is holding an open gardens and flower festival on June 24 and 25, 2017 from 11-5pm on both days.

As well as around 13 gardens to wander around, there will be cakes, plants and produce for sale, and refreshments. Admission to the gardens is £5 for adults and there will be a shuttle bus from the village hall.

The money raised will go to the Friends of St Andrew’s and other village charities.



Youngsters at Sheepscombe School have been making sheep ready for the village’s open gardens trail.

The sheep will be hidden in the 12 gardens taking part in the open day on Sunday July 2, 2017 with a competition to find them.

One of the formal gardens that is open

Among the gardening attractions will be formal borders, cottage-style planting, water features, a Japanese garden and wild flowers.

There will be cream teas available at either end of the two-mile trail and all profits will go to Sheepscombe Primary School.

The Japanese-style garden

“You can take in as many or as few gardens as you like while walking through the surrounding woodland and countryside in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” says one of the organisers Sachi Hatakenaka.

Combined entrance to the gardens is £6, free entry for children and the Sheep Hunt is £1 a sheet.

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