Bloomin’ successful open gardens in Ickleton

Ickleton Open Gardens

Ickleton Open Gardens - Credit: Archant

OVER 300 people enjoyed the first ‘Open Gardens in Ickleton’ in 38 years on Sunday.

As well as many local people, visitors came from as far afield as Huntingtonshire and Hertfordshire to see the 14 gardens open to the public.

The gardens on show were diverse and included an extensive manor house garden, several cottage gardens, a wildlife friendly garden, a garden planted for drought conditions, a low maintenance garden and several farmhouse flint walled gardens which showed off the June roses.

Visitors also enjoyed homemade cakes and scones baked by villagers, a plant sale, bee keeping display, treasure trail for children and a quilt exhibition in the church.

Proceeds will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the village hall and family charity Uttlesford Homestart. The event was deemed such a success that the organisers hope to hold another event in two or three years time.