An open gardens event in Highburton and Kirkburton is being hailed as the “best ever” after raising £4,500 for local charities.

The event on Sunday 1st July saw 20 gardens and other sites open up for visitors to enjoy a range of special features including lawns, rose beds, rockeries, Japanese-influence, allotments and ponds.

Guests also enjoyed 29 individual performances from local musicians at venues across the villages.

The event raised over £3,500 for three main charities: Kirkwood Hospice, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Village Community Association. A further £1,000 was raised by individual gardens from refreshment and plant sales, for charities of their choice.

Local resident, Chris Dean, was involved in organising the event, as well as hosting guests and musical entertainment at his home.

He said: “What a wonderful day; it really was the best Open Gardens event we’ve ever done. It was organised by a dedicated group of local gardeners and talented musicians. A huge thank you must go to all those that made it a success, including organisers and visitors! We couldn’t have put on such a great day, and raised so much money for worthy, local causes, without you!”

For information about future events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/burtonopengarden/

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