Ever wondered what’s behind the gates at The Lookout, Sowden End? Then look in on the 15th and 17th of June when the gates open as part of The National Garden Scheme. The NGS raises millions of pounds annually for charities including Marie Curie, Macmillan Nurses and Help The Hospices.

Cream teas will be served with half of the proceeds going towards the village hall refurbishment.

This two-acre wildlife-friendly garden sits with its toes in the water and has been lovingly created out of Lympstone’s old mussel purification station by its garden designer owner. Over 200 varieties of carefully selected plants, sea-trialled for their wind and salt tolerance, enjoy the challenges of coastal living.

On 15th June from 2 to 5pm, and 17th June from 2 to 6pm.

Admission £3.50, children free but must be accompanied. Sorry no dogs.

Full details on www.lympstone.org or www.ngs.org.uk and in NGS The Yellow Book.

Jackie Michelmore