Blooming lovely day to open up gardens for charity

Hundreds of visitors have been able to enjoy the splendour of a beautiful county garden near Bridgnorth – which has opened to the public for the first time.

Hugh Walker, 15, Jo Walker and Merab Walker, 12, from Bridgnorth, enjoy the gardens at Westwood
Hugh Walker, 15, Jo Walker and Merab Walker, 12, from Bridgnorth, enjoy the gardens at Westwood

Westwood House, in Oldbury, was open as part of the National Garden Scheme, with the 150 online tickets snapped up before the event, and plenty more turning up to get a glimpse of the two acre gardens.

Owned by Hugh and Carolyn Trevor-Jones, it was the first time Westwood House's gardens had been open to the public.

Mr and Mrs Trevor-Jones, who have lived at the property for 20 years, had initially planned to open up last year, but like many events they saw the plans scuppered by the pandemic.

Now, as they were able to welcome visitors for the first time, Mrs Trevor-Jones said it had been wonderful to see people happily enjoying the surroundings.

She said: "It is a joy. I have to say the sun has come out, we sold all the tickets available online and there are so many happy smiling people who are relieved to be doing something, so it is a great joy to see people.

"Everyone is being very considerate, and we are very fortunate to have a lot of space for them to enjoy."

On a Sunday where the sun beamed down across the county Mrs Trevor-Jones said it was exciting to let people in to see the garden for the first time.

She said: "It has obviously been a work in progress over the last 20 years and the county organiser for the NGS approached us and said would we consider opening our garden, and I am very supportive of the work that the NGS does raising money for caring charities – and over the last year we have all realised how important that is.

"It is great to share something if you are lucky enough to have the space."

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