It was a glorious weekend for the first Cotgrave Open Gardens.
The committee had worked hard beforehand to raise awareness of the event, local councillors had been generous with grants and local graphic artist Dave Morley made some striking publicity posters and leaflets, which were distributed across the area.
Across the weekend there were 19 gardens open; 13 on the Saturday and 17 on the Sunday.
Some went round the gardens on foot but many more used cars, as some of the gardens were far apart – Morkinshire Lane, Ring Leas, Rectory Road and as far away as the golf club.
Many of the gardens were small but none-the-less interesting for that. As one gardener put it: “Small gardens are more challenging because every bit of space has to work.”
Among the gardens were a beautiful cottage garden, a Japanese-inspired garden, a secret orchard, a low-maintenance frontage with decorated gravel, clever use of zoning and mirrors, a much admired irrigation system, and gardens newly established with photographs to show how the gardeners’ plans had evolved.
A clear profit of £900 was raised for Ash Lea School. The school is looking to develop its outdoor space and the money raised will be very helpful
Organisers which to thank everyone who attended and say they plan to run it again next year.
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