Thetford Open Gardens raises £8,500 despite cancelling concert due to weather

Thetford's Forgotten Garden which took part in the Open Gardens Weekend. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Thetford's Forgotten Garden which took part in the Open Gardens Weekend. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Thirty eight gardens of all shapes and sizes took part in this year's Thetford Open Gardens as the event celebrated its 10th year.

Thetford Open Gardens. Picture: Rachel Wood.

Thetford Open Gardens. Picture: Rachel Wood. - Credit: Archant

The rain did not stop garden enthusiasts taking in the beehives at Thetford's Forgotten Garden or the River Thet running at the bottom of Boscombe House.

On Castle Lane a special treat awaited those who visited Hideway Walls - the Wheeler family's nine pet rabbits.

The two day event was raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care based in Bury St Edmunds.

Rachel Woods, organiser, said they have already raised more than last year.

Thetford Open Gardens. Picture: Rachel Wood.

Thetford Open Gardens. Picture: Rachel Wood. - Credit: Archant


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'We have raised about £8,500 which is amazing considering we had to cancel the evening concert,' she said. 'It is amazing people have been so generous despite of the weather.

'I cannot tell you how thrilled I am. We had such interesting gardens and there were the usual complaints that there were too many to go around and look at.

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'There is a lot of good will around for the hospice.'

The concert, which was to be held at the Lake House on Castle Lane, is hoping to be rearranged.

Hideaway Walls on Castle Lane which took part in Theford Open Gardens. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Hideaway Walls on Castle Lane which took part in Theford Open Gardens. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Musicians from the Thetford Academy, the Thetford Singers and Thetford Voices and the Hongington Military Wives Choir were due to play and it is hoped they will be available for the rearranged event.

Mrs Woods said with the rearranged concert they will hope to hit their £10,000 fundraising target.

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