Annual Penarth Gardens Trail raises more than £5,000 for The Children's Society
12:50pm Thursday 2nd August 2012 in News
Tricia Griffiths (2nd right) in her garden at Waltham House, Bradford Place, demonstrating to visitors (l-r) Tony Martin-Jones and Lynne and Tom Lafford how to play croquet. Pictures: Glyn Paul
THE 16th annual Open Gardens Trail has been hailed 'an incredible success' by organiser Ann Lush MBE.
Once again more than £5,000 was raised for chosen charity The Children's Society.
Luckily the weather co-operated and brought out the public in their hundreds over the two-day gardening extravaganza, where nine gardens and the ever popular allotments were on show.
Ann, the honourary vice president of The Childrens Society and chairman of the Penarth Fundraising Committee, said: "Our visitors came from far and wide over the weekend, and we had so many new faces.
"The refreshment cabin was non-stop, serving tea, coffee, and cake filled rolls, and the litte shop did an excellent trade in the ever popular homemade preserves, cakes and fresh fruit and veg.
"The very comprehensive plant stall was soon depleted of its stock. "And the very different gardens on offer from large to medium, cottage and courtyard gave the visitors plenty to discuss over their coffee."
Ann thanked all those who gave up their time and energy to make the annual event a success.
"My thanks on behalf of The Childrens Society to all the garden owners who generously give of their time to help raise vital funds for children who are suffering needlessly, through poverty, devoid of a proper family unit and that all important word - love," she said.
"Special thanks to Paul Knight for all his printing, to those who donated raffle prizes, and of course all of the public who supported us.
"The total raised at the moment is in excess of £5,000 which is absolutely incredible."
All funds go to The Childrens Society with no expenses taken out.