THE OLD Arley Gardens on Ansley Lane will open between 2pm and 6pm this Sunday, June 26, to support the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).
Six St Wilfred’s Cottages and the School House will all open their gates with plenty of planting styles on display – from traditional gardens to more contemporary plots.
Light refreshments and home-baked items, including scones, will be available throughout the day.
St Wilfred’s Cottages were built in 1907 to accommodate mining supervisors and their families.
The gardeners became enthusiastic about gardening during lockdown to improve their mental health and to make the village more picturesque.
Group organiser and Parish Councillor Carolyn Mackay said she was excited by the new village event.
“These gardens became our communal space where real firm friendships and relationships were formed.
“We’ve always had a community spirit here but it’s been strengthened even further which is so lovely.”
She added plans were already afoot for next year’s NGS opening.
Admission for the event is £4 and children get in free.
The money will go towards NGS palliative nursing causes.