Lammas, near Aylsham, invaded by gnomes from around the world

The Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail is one of the attractions of a fundraising weekend.

The Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail is one of the attractions of a fundraising weekend. - Credit: Archant

The little visitors are one of the attractions at a church fundraiser this weekend.

The Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail is one of the attractions of a fundraising weekend.

The Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail is one of the attractions of a fundraising weekend. - Credit: Archant

A trail of hand-painted garden gnomes from all over the world will lead visitors round Lammas, near Aylsham, this weekend.

Private gardens are being opened to the public to raise money for St Andrew's Church on June 25 and 26, between 11am and 5pm.

Each gnome has been purchased by a villager or friend of Lammas and painted in the style of a country.

The weekend will start with a quarter peal of bells from the tower, where there is ample parking and visitors can pick up a Gardens Open map.

The Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail is one of the attractions of a fundraising weekend.

The Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail is one of the attractions of a fundraising weekend. - Credit: Archant


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There will be singers in some of the gardens throughout Saturday to accompany visitors as they stroll among the flower beds. And one of the villagers, talented artist Pat Tinsley, will open her studio for people to admire or even buy her sought-after work.

Lammas is home to some expert gardeners and a wide range of gardens from large to not so large, formal to wild, flowers and shrubs to fruit and veg.

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At least eight gardens are being thrown open to wander round, enjoy and even take inspiration from.

And there will be refreshments and lunches served throughout the day, including home made ice creams, plants for sale, local produce, jams and preserves.

'There's something for everyone who enjoys gardening or just strolling about and looking around,' said Georgie Graver who is one of the organisers.

'Lammas is one of those villages in Norfolk that very few people know about. Some people drive through it without seeing what's really here. We do not open our gardens very often so this will be a great opportunity to see the village at its prettiest.'

Admission is priced £4 and the money raised will be donated to St Andrew's Church. Visitors can also have a go at the Lammas Gno-Gno-Gnome trail for an extra £1. Each gnome has been purchased by a villager or friend of Lammas and painted in the style of a country. Some are easy to spot if you know your flags or national dress but there are one or two tricksy gnomes too (Lammas-rules apply, as they say here).

See if you can spot Vietgnome. Or Gnomibia. There might be a GnOman. Or possibly an Elf-Salvador!

There is a prize for the best-painted gnome and a prize for one visitor who can correctly identify all of the gnomes.

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