Secret gardens open their gates

May 30 2017

Following the success over recent years of a Get Growing Trail, three local gardens and orchards in North Bristol are holding Open Days in June to let people into their secret magical spaces.

.

Following the success over recent years of a Get Growing Trail, three local gardens and orchards in North Bristol are holding Open Days in June to let people into their secret magical spaces. 

On Saturday 10 June, you can visit Blaise Castle Walled Garden. You'll find it next to Blaise House Museum on Henbury Road (BS10 7QS), open from 11-4pm. It's to the left of the Museum. Come and visit and explore this wonderful walled Victorian Garden and take part in craft activities and workshops for all the family. Learn about the history of the garden and organic growing. There will also be a plant sale and cafe serving delicious home baked goodies and drinks. https://blaisecommunitygarden.org.uk

On Saturday 17 June, there are two orchards to visit.

For Horfield Organic Community Orchard, walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive BS7 8JP.  Open 1-5pm for the Mid-Summer Orchard Open Day – enjoy exploring Bristol's pioneering community orchard. Set up in 1998, and cared for by members, who are volunteers. HOCO aims to inspire fruit growing as a way to grow community, wellbeing, and local sustainable food. See our newly planted Home Orchard Plot – a mini orchard with a 10 x 4 metre footprint. Be inspired to grow productive and delicious fruit in your allotment or garden. Homemade cakes, refreshments, produce and plants for sale. Compost loo on site. Join the orchard in June and share in this year's harvest!! http://www.community-orchard.org.uk 

Metford Road Community Orchard will be open from 12-5pm. Enter beside 37 Metford Road, Redland BS6 7LA. This is a small organic orchard based on permaculture principles. As the site is on a steep slope, sturdy shoes are required. With a stream at the bottom and numerous ponds, the orchard is teeming with wildlife in the summer. Compost loo and custom built gazebo-style oak shelter. Activities: guided tours, tea and biscuits/cakes, produce and plant sales. http://mrco.wikidot.com/opendays 

Come and have a look at some gardens you wouldn't normally see!