Gardens needed for open event

Green fingered Belper folk who can show off their beautiful beautiful blossoms and lovely landscapes are being sought for the town’s open gardens exhibition.

Following the success of last year’s event, which saw large numbers of visitors come into the town from as far away as Yorkshire, organisers are appealing for help in making the 2013 celebration bigger and better.

Kathy Fairweather, who is helping to stage the event said: “In order to do that, we are looking for some more keen gardeners to open their gardens; they don’t have to be large or spectacular.

“We are looking for ordinary gardens of all shapes and sizes, as we believe it is the enthusiasm of the gardeners rather than immaculate large gardens that make the day a success.

“Most people visit gardens to get ideas as to what they can achieve in their own ‘ordinary’ spaces and because they enjoy sharing their enthusiasm with other like minded people.”

In July last year, around 22 gardens were opened up to the public across the town as part of Belper Open Gardens - raising £490 for the Herbert Strutt Charity.

This year the event will take place across the weekend of Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June30.

People can volunteer to open their gardens either on both days or just one of the two.

For more information or to register your garden opening email

Alternatively ring Kathy Fairweather on 07779 412 702.