Blooming good gardens

Alan Williams, aboard the miniature locomotive that is a major feature in his Ravenscar garden, pictured with his wife Lisa and daughter Polly.
Alan Williams, aboard the miniature locomotive that is a major feature in his Ravenscar garden, pictured with his wife Lisa and daughter Polly.

A FIRST open gardens day for two local villages blossomed into a spectacular affair raising more than £800.

After seeing similar events held elsewhere in the area, Griselda James who runs the local Post Office in Ravenscar, proposed the idea to the local church council and so the Ravenscar and Staintondale open gardens day came to fruition.

Open gardens in Staintondale and Ravenscar.'Rev Liz Kitching (left) chats with Frank James in his Staintondale garden.'1126103b. 02/07/11.'Pic Kevin Allen.

Open gardens in Staintondale and Ravenscar.'Rev Liz Kitching (left) chats with Frank James in his Staintondale garden.'1126103b. 02/07/11.'Pic Kevin Allen.

A total of 10 households, including the Shire Horse Farm, welcomed visitors and teas and lunch were served at the Post Office, which made a grand total of £849.20 which will go towards St Hilda’s Church in Ravenscar and St John’s Church in Staintondale.

Mrs James said it was a huge success, with a surprising influx of visitors.

She said: “It was an absolutely wonderful day, everybody enjoyed it.

“People have lovely gardens and we had a large number of people through, there was even a queue of people when we went out in the morning, we couldn’t believe it.”

“It was a great atmosphere. A lot of people came from outside of the area.”