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Enjoy the sunshine in these Norfolk gardens as they open their gates this weekend to celebrate 90 years of charity scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:37 27 May 2017

The Old Rectory, Brandon Parva.  Picture: NGS

The Old Rectory, Brandon Parva. Picture: NGS

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Four gardens in Norfolk will be among 400 across the UK to open this Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate 90 years of the National Gardens Scheme.

The Old Rectory, Brandon Parva. Picture: NGSThe Old Rectory, Brandon Parva. Picture: NGS

The charity was formed in 1927 to raise funds for The Queen’s Nursing Institute, which founded district nursing. 600 gardens opened with an entrance fee of just a shilling with children free. In the first year £8,000 was raised and the National Garden Scheme (NGS) was born.

On Sunday and Monday gardens in Marshland St James, Brandon Parva, Stiffkey and West Beckham will take part in celebrating the milestone as they open their gates to the public.

Opening on Sunday Bank House in Marshland St James is new to the scheme. This exuberantly planted two-acre garden has a wide range of growing conditions from damp shade to dry gravel so plenty of ideas to take away.

The garden at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme.   Picture: MARK BULLIMOREThe garden at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Also open on Sunday is The Old Rectory at Brandon Parva which has four-acres of garden compartments showcasing pergolas covered in roses, wisteria and clematis with plenty of beautiful mixed borders. You can even have a game of croquet on an immaculate lawn.

Warborough House in Stiffkey is also open on Sunday and has seven colourful acres which include a woodland walk, shrub borders, formal terraces and a walled kitchen garden.

The garden at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Pictured is a Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata).  Picture: MARK BULLIMOREThe garden at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Pictured is a Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata). Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Lastly on Bank Holiday Monday Chestnut Farm in West Beckham is open. It is a favourite garden for plantaholics with plenty of rare shrubs and trees to seek out.

All the gardens will have home-made teas and several have plants for sale.

Colour in the garden at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham.   Picture: MARK BULLIMOREColour in the garden at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Where else can you visit?

To view the full details of all the gardens open for the National Garden Scheme in Norfolk visit the website here , download the app or pick up the Norfolk Gardens to Visit booklet at your local library, tourist information centre and all good garden centres and nurseries.

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