Chance to see stunning Somerleyton Hall gardens at charity open event

Feature with Someleyton Hall head gardener Anna Outlaw. Anna with the wisteria.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Feature with Someleyton Hall head gardener Anna Outlaw. Anna with the wisteria.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The stunning Victorian gardens at Somerleyton Hall have been bringing pleasure to people for decades.

Feature with Someleyton Hall head gardener Anna Outlaw. Anna with the wisteria.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Feature with Someleyton Hall head gardener Anna Outlaw. Anna with the wisteria.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

And this month, visitors to the estate will also be helping to raise money for a good cause.

The gardens will be opening in aid of Suffolk Age UK on Thursday, June 16, with all the gate proceeds from the day going to the charity.

The hall's Kitchen Garden Café will also be hosting a Big Chinwag fundraising event with pupils from Somerleyton Primary School, with 50pc of the money raised from the sale of creams teas also being donated to Suffolk Age UK.

Hugh Crossley, fourth Baron Somerleyton, who lives at the hall with his wife Lara and their young family, said: 'It's a great way to support Age UK at the same time bringing people to Somerleyton who may not otherwise visit.'

Feature with Someleyton Hall head gardener Anna Outlaw.Anna by the giant Redwood tree.PHOTO: Nick Bu

Feature with Someleyton Hall head gardener Anna Outlaw.Anna by the giant Redwood tree.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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The gardens were designed in 1846 by William Nesfield and Joseph Paxton for the then owner Sir Morton Peto.

They remained largely unchanged for many years but work to improve them has begun under the current Lord Somerleyton.

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Head gardener Anna Outlaw, who is working to return the gardens to greatness, said: 'I love the fact that the gardens change all the time, they are always doing something different.

'When we have been through a long, hard winter, seeing the spring come back is nice. There are quite a lot of blossoms in the garden.'

The gardens will be open from 10am to 6pm and entry costs £6.45 per person.

Are you organising a fundraiser for charity in Lowestoft? Email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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