Kathryn Bradley, Reporter
Friday, June 22, 2012
There will be a chance to explore Blickling Hall’s beautiful 55-acre garden and raise money for a host of good causes when the National Trust opens up the gates in support of the National Gardens Scheme.
The scheme started life 85 years ago as a national fundraising appeal for district nurses in memory of their patron Queen Alexandra, who died in 1925. Its main focus was to make basic medical care accessible to all. The first opening in 1927 raised an impressive £8,000.
Today, the NGS supports nursing and gardening charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads Care, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Fund.
From the late 1940s, the NGS has also donated an annual sum to the National Trust to help save gardens at risk. In return, the National Trust opens a number of gardens each year to fundraise for the NGS.
To mark the 85th anniversary of the NGS, any gardens which first opened in 1927 and now belong to the Trust will open their gates once more to visitors.
Among the highlights at Blickling is a stunning parterre created by socialite Norah Lindsay in the 1930s, a peaceful orangery garden, a crescent lake, azaleas, rhododendrons and herbaceous borders
Visitors can also look round the historic Jacobean house and explore the wider country estate.
The garden will be opened in aid of the NGS on July 14 and October 13, It is also open daily from 10am.
Entry to the garden only costs £8.50 for adults and £4.25 for children.