Finishing touches put on open garden for hospital charity

Tina and Pete Riches will throw open the gates to their most picturesque garden at their home. Photo: NNUH

Tina and Pete Riches will throw open the gates to their most picturesque garden at their home. Photo: NNUH


The finishing touches are being made to a garden in Norfolk ahead of an annual event which raises thousands of pounds for charity, this year raising money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Tina and Pete Riches will throw open the gates to their picturesque garden at their home Tantallon, Chandler Road, in Upper Stoke, Norwich over the August Bank Holiday weekend on August 26 and 27.

The garden has been transformed into an oasis of colour thanks to Tina and Pete’s dedication and having had their own family experiences at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), Pete and Tina decided to give something back by opening their garden raising funds for the hospital charity, specifically for cancer.

The gardens have been created from scratch by Tina who has created pockets of blooms, areas of tranquillity and borders full of colour.

Last year was the first year that the Riches open their garden for charity and successfully raised £5,000 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices.

Over the two days, visitors will have the chance to take in the beautiful landscaped gardens with an array of plants and flowers and other features while enjoying teas, coffee cake and other refreshments.

Live music will be provided by acoustic indie folk duo Skylark, and vintage afternoon tea for two can be booked or purchased on the day, including entry into the gardens.

There will also be a raffle and tombola with fantastic prizes, including a first prize of a two-night B&B stay at the Waveney River Centre in Beccles.

Louise Cook, head of fundraising at NNUH, said: “We are delighted that this year Tina and Pete are supporting their local hospital charity, with monies raised going to benefit other cancer patients at the hospital and we would like to thank them and everyone who has donated prizes.

“I was lucky enough to have Tina give me a tour of the gardens and they were stunning. It is the type of garden where you can discover clever ideas which you can use for your own garden or just simply enjoy a beautiful view.”

The garden at Tantallon, 14 Chandler Road, Upper Stoke, Norwich, NR14 8RG, will be open on Sunday and Monday, August 26 and 27 from 10am until 6pm.

Entry is £2.50, children £1.

Due to the kind permission of two local landowners, all car parking will be in Chandler Road and at St George’s Hall, disabled parking only at the property.

For more information or if you wish to donate a prize contact Pete on 07447 940341.

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