SOME of Cheshire’s most stunning and quintessentially English gardens are being opened to the public in aid of a worthy Winsford charity.

Kind supporters of St Luke’s Hospice have agreed to open their gardens this summer, while others who already open as part of the National Garden Scheme will raise money for the Hospice through the sale of afternoon teas.

As well as big-hitters like Cholmondeley Castle and Tirley Garth, visitors can also experience smaller, quirkier venues, such as Norley Court near Frodsham, Mayfield House in Bunbury Heath, Milford House Farm near Winsford, and The Firs, Barbridge.

A full programme including venues, dates, opening times can be found on the charity's website. 

Jane Thompson, head of events at St Luke’s Hospice, is excited to bring this series of events to Cheshire.

She said: “We are very excited to launch our first open garden scheme this year.

“From private tours of well-known gardens such as the stately Cholmondeley Castle and Tirley Garth, to first time openings of beautiful private gardens, there really is a huge variety to enjoy whilst helping raise funds for hospice care.

“Add in fabulous cake or cream teas, and on some of the days even a glass of fizz, and it makes for a perfect way to support the Hospice.

“After all, not everybody wants to run a marathon or jump out of a plane to raise money for us!

“You will be able to spend the afternoon exploring some of the most quirky and quintessential English gardens that Cheshire has to offer, as well as a cream tea.”

St Luke’s Hospice cares for adults living in mid and south Cheshire who are suffering from cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

They support family members, including children and carers, who are affected by the diagnosis both pre and post bereavement.  

Jane added: “The money raised will go towards supporting patient care at St Luke’s.  

“We have to raise £8,152 each day to enable the Hospice to provide free care and support to local people.”