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Pictures: Ellesmere garden damaged by storm reopens after three years

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[gallery] A private garden in Ellesmere will reopen to the public, three years after it was forced to close after devastating storms.

Farmer Robert Mainwaring regularly opens his garden, at Oteley, once a year as part of the National Garden Scheme to raise money for charity.

However, in 2014 storms caused around eight trees to damage the walls and hedges of the site.

But this year the 10-acre gardens running down the town's Mere will reopen to the public on Sunday May 1 from 2pm until 5pm.

Sylvia Williams, who helps look after the gardens, said: "We cannot wait for people to come and have a look at the beautiful gardens.

"We haven't done it for three years because of the bad storms but now we are back again. There is so much for people to see. The garden has 10 acres including a walled kitchen garden, wild woodland walk and views across the Mere.

"There are very old specimen trees and shrubs and some Gothic sandstone steps and walls.

"There is also an old boathouse cobbled in Italian style which is great to see."

"There will be lots to see and do and everyone is looking forward to it."

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The garden has raised money for 83 years as part of National Gardens Scheme through visitor donations, and has taken around £1,000 in previous years.

Admission to the garden is £3 for adults and free for children. There will also be home-made teas supplied by the Ellesmere Carnival Committee and a small plant sale.

The garden is accessible for wheelchair users and dogs are allowed provided they are kept on a lead.

The National Gardens Scheme raises money for its beneficiary charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospices UK and the Carers Trust., as well as many other vital nursing and caring charities.

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