Huge thanks to everyone that came along to our July Open Gardens – in aid of Hospiscare Exmouth & Lympstone – and made it such a wonderful weekend. And thanks to all the people that so kindly opened their gardens, made such delightful scarecrows (55 in total), and supported the event in so many ways.

With gardens both large and small, delicious refreshments, a special lunch and unforgettable launch, silent auction and raffle, the staggering end result of all this effort was a total of £15,000 raised for our local Hospiscare. Frances Longhurst, Chairman of Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare said, “We’re incredibly grateful to the committee, the garden owners and all the many visitors – the money raised is keeping a much needed 24/7 service ‘Hospiscare@Home’ going, at no cost to the patient and their family.”

So much work, time and enthusiasm were put into making the gardens, allotments and village itself look fantastic. Equal effort was put into making scrumptious cakes and endless scones for cream teas. It all paid off, with well over 1,000 visitors over the two days. The weather was on our side, and people loved the gardens and Lympstone – travelling here from as far afield as Tunbridge Wells.

The Open Gardens committee

The image shows the Open Gardens committee, Hospiscare’s fine women and several of the garden owners celebrating the success.

Images of some of the gardens and the amazing scarecrows will be posted on dedicated picture galleries on the website soon.