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Gardens approved by the National Garden Scheme are to be opened to the public to raise money for charity.

Four gardens in Oxton have been approved for the scheme by passing an inspection by members of the National Garden Scheme.

Approved gardens must be well designed, have high quality plants and enough features to interest the public for at least 45 minutes.

Miss Joan Arnold of Crow’s Nest, Mrs Pauline Hansler of Home Farm Cottage, Mrs Tracey Akehurst of Oakwood Cottage and Mrs Corby Lewington of Roman Way will open their gardens to the public on Sunday.

Money raised at the event will be divided between nursing and gardening charities supported by the National Garden Scheme and the Animal Accident Rescue Unit and cancer charity DEBRA, which were chosen by the women who are opening their gardens.

Miss Arnold, one of the organisers, said the four gardens were very different.

Miss Arnold’s garden at Crow’s Nest has water features including wildlife ponds, streams and waterfalls.

Home Farm Cottage has an alpine area and woodland grotto while the garden of Oakwood Cottage has features made of recycled materials.

The Roman Way garden features a mix of paved, lawned and planted areas.

Miss Arnold said: “These are beautiful cottage gardens with different areas and lots of things for people to see.

“Each of the gardens has something different to offer members of the public.

“Tracey and Pauline have been opening their gardens with the National Garden Scheme for a few years but this is the first time Corby Lewington and I have opened our gardens.

“We will all work together on the day because it gets quite busy and people want to talk to you about your garden but it should be good fun.”

Miss Arnold said last year ten gardens in the village had opened to the public, not as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The open days raised £468.22 for the Oxton Life Cycle Project and World Vision.

This year, the gardens will be open from 1.30pm-5pm.

Entry to the four gardens is £4 for adults and is free for children under 12.

Refreshments will be served at Crow’s Nest and plants will be on sale at all of the venues.

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