Beautiful Bridgnorth garden prepares to open for charity

The final touches have been made to a breathtaking garden in Shropshire, which is opening its gates to the public for the first time.

Carolyn and Hugh Trevor-Jones
Carolyn and Hugh Trevor-Jones

After a year delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the gardens of Westwood House in Oldbury, near Bridgnorth, will be full of visitors when they open on behalf of the National Open Garden Scheme on Sunday.

Nestled in the idyllic countryside, the garden boasts sweeping lawns, a newly-planted pool and nearby woodland walks.

They were due to open last year, but instead will feature this weekend as the national garden scheme's first new opening of 2021 across the whole of England and Wales.

Belonging to Hugh and Carolyn Trevor-Jones, the house and garden have been in their family for 20 years.

Hugh and Carolyn Trevor-Jones

Carolyn said: "We were asked by the county organiser if we would consider opening it up for the scheme, and having known the great work they do for a long time, I thought it would be a wonderful idea.

"I've long supported what the scheme does and working with health charities – the pandemic has reinforced just how important it is to support them."

Along with gardeners Kay Reynold and Danny Purchase, the pair have been hard at work ensuring everything is ready for the grand opening, with a particular focus on tulips.

Head gardener Kay Reynold

"This is our family home and we enjoy it due to the location, the views and at this time of year, the wonderful colour," said Carolyn.

"We love tulips and we've planted a lot which look great at this time of year."

Carolyn said she hopes her home can offer some respite for people after a "long, hard winter" while raising money for vital health charities.

"We've sold quite a few tickets online but it's difficult to say just how many people will attend," she said.

Gardener Danny Purchase

"Some people will be desperate to get out while some may still be cautious.

"We've got a lot of room up here so we'll be doing our best to make people feel comfortable and safe."

Tickets can be purchased online or at the home on the day, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic, or purchase tea being provided by members of Oldbury village, with proceeds going towards St Nicholas Church.

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