VIDEO: Kathy’s blooms help charity total grow

A keen Belper gardener has raised nearly £1,800 for charity after welcoming hundreds of people into her garden over the weekend.

Kathy Fairweather, of Windmill Rise, showed off her collection of more than 300 types of unusual plants and trees as part of a National Gardens Scheme event.

Kathy Fairweather in her Award Winning Garden.

Kathy Fairweather in her Award Winning Garden.

Home-baking and entrance fees helped generate around £950 - her biggest total in the last five years of opening her garden twice a year.

And when added to an open garden event she staged in June, her total for four different charities came to about £1,750.

Kathy said: “I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who came along and gave the event such generous support.

“I go all over the place looking for different types of plants and that attracts the enthusiasts.

“About 210 came along and many of them stayed for up to two hours, taking a good look around which, considering the weather on Saturday was really good. It’s a really nice day out for people”

The money will be divided up between four charities. Twenty-five per cent will be donated to Relate counselling in Derby, for whom Kathy has previously worked as a counsellor.

The rest will be given to the NGS national charities: Macmillan, Marie Curie and a national stroke charity.

This Sunday, August 4, Coxbench Hall, on Alfreton Road will open it gardens from 2.30pm t0 4.30pm for the NGS.

Admission is £3, with children getting in for free.

A hill top gardenwhich was designed by an artist to emphasise the changing seasons will also be open on the same day at 9 Main Street,Horsley Woodhouse from 2pm to 5pm,

The success of Kathy’s event comes after the second Belper Open Gardens was held in late June, with 18 keen gardeners showing off their perfect plots to generate money for local charities.

The event feeds into East Midlands in Bloom - for which judges visited the town to inspect public and private gardens in mid-July.