July 24 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A new National Gardens Scheme (NGS) venue in Arkesden – tipped as “truly a garden to explore” – will be opening its doors to the public for the first time this weekend.
Great Becketts, owned by John Burnham, lies in the middle of picturesque arable farm land surrounding a Tudor house and outbuildings.
Perennials and climbers are the focus. There are several wide perennial borders, a delightful courtyard; an attractive pergola and an arbour. Elsewhere in this large garden is a herb garden, two ponds and a cutting garden.
Visitors can also enjoy meandering through the mini-orchard and along paths in two established meadows. Newly planted trees and meadows on five additional acres can be found across the road from the garden.
Great Becketts, on Duddenhoe End Road, opens on Sunday (May 25) from 1-5pm. Admission is £4, children enter free.
Teas will be served in the Langley Village Hall, opposite Wickets. The renowned gardens at Wickets, Langley Upper Green are also open on Sunday. Visit both gardens for a combined admission price of £7.
The NGS supports a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Help the Hospices, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Parkinson’s UK and Carers Trust.