More than 20 gardens opened in Belper to raise charity cash

Belper open gardens. Mark and Annette Robinson in there garden.
Belper open gardens. Mark and Annette Robinson in there garden.

Twenty-four gardens were opened to the public at the weekend to raise cash for local charities as part of the third Belper Open Gardens event.

Beautiful blooms and perfect petals were on display in 19 private gardens and four public gardens as part of the fundraiser.

Donations are still being counted, although it is thought they could be in the region of £800 to £1,000.

Organiser, Kathy Fairweather, said: “It was a great success. There must have been 200 people over the weekend. People came from all over the Midlands, the Lake District and even London.

“It was a bigger turnout that last year so hopefully the event is on the up and up.”

Public gardens included in the event were the River Gardens, Beaurepaire Gardens, the Memorial Gardens and train station gardens.

Entertainment, craft stalls, plant sales and refreshments were also on offer to visitors.

Mrs Fairweather continued: “It’s a very good way of promoting Belper and bringing extra money and tourists into the economy.

“We are grateful for all the local involvement and especially Fresh Basil for staying open on Sunday to sell tickets for us.”

If you are interested in taking part in next year’s event phone Kathy on 07779 412 702 or email her on