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Estate throwing open 10 acres of gardens for National Garden Scheme this weekend

An estate will be opening its 10 acres of private gardens for the National Garden Scheme.

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The Oteley Estate will be opening its gardens this Sunday.

The Oteley Estate in Ellesmere will be hosting the garden open day from 11am to 4pm this Sunday.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors access to exceptional private gardens across the UK.

In 2023 a record £3,403,960 was raised and donated to nursing and health charities across the country.

The Oteley Estate will be opening its gardens this Sunday.

The scheme began in 1927 and the Oteley Estate was one of the original gardens to be included. It has opened most years since then.

The estate has remained in the same family since the 1500s and is now run by Ian and Clare Mainwaring, who rear cattle, sheep and pigs on the farm.

The view across the mere at Oteley.

The estate has an on-site farm shop which sells Oteley’s homegrown beef, lamb and pork plus Oteley cured bacon, ready meals and pies, and locally sourced food, drink and gifts.

There is also a café in the old coach house. Both are open on every Thursday and Sunday, and they will be open during the open garden event.

The Oteley tower in the garden.

There will also be a plant sale on Sunday, with proceeds going to the National Garden Scheme.

“Join us on the 5th to explore the 10 acres of private gardens running down to the Mere,” said Clare. “Rhododendrons and azaleas are starting to spring in to life; there’s also a walled kitchen garden, boathouse, mature trees, a wild woodland walk, and beautiful views across the Mere. And after all that exploring, you can relax with a coffee in our café.”

The Oteley Estate will be opening its gardens this Sunday.

Sarah Evans, an artist from Wem, is installing an art trail featuring her work.

She specialises in painting on silk and mixed media/textile collage.

Artist Sarah Evans who is launching an art trail at the Oteley Estate.

Her trail will launch on Sunday and be open for the rest of May.

There is free parking on site, and dogs on leads are welcome.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and admission is free for children.

The view across the mere at Oteley.

People can pre-book tickets at or buy tickets at the gate on the day.

On Sunday, June 9, Oteley will also be opening the farm gates for Open Farm Sunday.