Barford will show its ‘Chelsea’ side at village Open Gardens event

By Morag Walker

Residents of Barford St Martin are throwing open their garden gates to the public on Sunday, 11th June from 11am to 4.30pm to give visitors an opportunity to explore some of the fascinating private gardens, large and small across the village.

The beautiful village of Barford St Martin, which nestles on the River Nadder has a rich and ancient history, which is reflected by many of its gardens old and new. There is something for everyone and will no doubt intrigue and delight visitors.

Who does not like to have a good nose around someone else’s garden to compare notes?

Barford gardens vary from the large and wildlife-friendly to quirky and beautifully designed. The gardens highlight a huge range of different styles, highlighting gorgeous flower borders, raised beds, productive vegetable patches and water features.

Visitors will be able to pick up topical tips and hints on planting schemes or helpful ideas that will encourage those all-important pollinators that are so beneficial to many flowering plants. There is no doubt that the gardens opening their gates on the day in various parts of the village will delight the senses and visitors will be guaranteed to have a warm welcome from garden owners.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake at the Alabare Development Centre in Dairy Road. Here visitors can relax and enjoy beautiful views, fresh vegetables, plants, and crafts all of which will be for sale from the charity.

Entry to all the gardens is £5 per family (cash only). Tickets and a village map of the gardens can be purchased from the Barford Inn car park on the day.

The event is being organised by the Barford St Martin Community Fund, which is raising funds to enhance amenities in the village for local residents.

For more information, please contact: Stephanie Wheatley on : 07840 617512 or email:

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