This year’s Garden Day in aid of The Nelson Trust took place at Avening Court and The Old Rectory, Avening. Around 100 people enjoyed the wonderful weather and viewing of the gardens.
In the morning those in attendance viewed the extensive ornamental gardens at Avening Court by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Jack Richards. After lunch at the Avening Club an exclusive viewing of the Cotswold gardens at The Old Rectory took place by kind invitation of Peter Best and Anthea Beszant.
Avening Court is home to a wide variety of trees as well as history. The Walnut tree (Juglans Regia) was introduced to the UK by the Romans and this particular tree at Avening is said to be 900 years old. It has been told that in 1685 Judge Jeffreys came to Avening Court House to try members of the Monmouth rebellion and apparently hung several of them from this tree. Other trees which can be seen in the garden include Pocket Handkerchief Tree, Norwegian Spruce Picea, and Holm Oak.
The Old Rectory is a 3 acre garden which contains beautiful and varied features including a paddock with a stream, a Japanese bridge, an Italian terrace, and sculptures by Darren Yeadon.
Stalls were available for people to browse and purchase flowers, plants and jewellery. Thank you to Jacaranda Flowers, Special Plants and Jo Stafford Michael Jewellery for making this opportunity possible.
The event was kindly sponsored by WSP Solicitors whom we would like to thank for their support.
The Nelson Trust raised £4,000 which will help the charity to continue with its fantastic work.
The Fundraising Department
Telephone: 01453 885633