£1,300 raised at open garden event for church

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The first Rastrick Open Gardens event was hailed as a blooming success but its organisers who have raised more than £1,300.

It was held as part of a £21,000 scheme to bring the kitchens in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick, up to the 21st century.

The scheme offered visitors the chance to view eight gardens in the area for just £1. They could be viewed in any order and as well as being able to look at the plants and flowers, refreshments were available. In addition there were plant stalls and at other gardens scones with cream and jam were on offer, sandwiches and cakes and a barbecue.

There was a quiz, a raffle and other competitions with prizes which had been donated by Kershaws and Armitage garden centres. The gardens all belonged to church members and people came from Leeds, York, Dewsbury as well as Calderdale.

Cherry Fancourt, one of the organisers, said it was a fantastic success. “Of course the weather helped to make it a success but we were all amazed how many people turned up to support it,” she said. “It went far better than we had anticipated and we must thank the people who opened up their gardens and went out of their way to make it a success.”

They are looking at doing it again next year.