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Residents to open their gardens to raise money for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:45 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 22 May 2017

A garden that opened to the public last year

A garden that opened to the public last year

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Around 30 gardens will be open for people to enjoy

Another private gardenAnother private garden

Bexley residents will make their gardens public one June weekends to raise money for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

The hospice’s annual Open Gardens Festival takes place June 17 and 18, and will see over 30 garden owners taking part in the opportunity to discover other gardens in their area.

Among the garden hosts this year are, Martha and Christophe Gowans, from Charlton.

Ms Gowans said: “We opened our garden last year and it was a really happy afternoon. It was great to welcome so many of our neighbouts and visitors from further afield, some we knew and some we didn’t.

“It was a fantastic group effort, with my garden expert Joseph FROrd on hand to talk about the planting, my friends Marianne and Heather making luscious cakes, and my daughter and friends on the gate.

“There is such a strong lovcal feeling in support of the hospice and the work it does. It was a privilege to be involved in raising funds for it.”

The festival has been running in its current format since 2014, and has raised more than £47,000 in three years, which is enough to fund one hospice nurse for a year.

The event, sponsored by Hamptons International Estate Agents, is expected to raise over £15,000 this year.

Lucy Dawes, interim head of fundraising for the hospice, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s event. We have some beautiful gardens opening their gates and we hope to have lots of people from across the community visiting the gardens over both weekends.

“We’d also like to extend our thanks to all our wonderful hosts for their support in opening their gardens for the hospice.”

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice cares for 2,500 local people every year through the inpatient unit, day hospice and outpatient clinics in Abbey Wood, as well as caring for people in their own homes and care homes across Greenwich and Bexley boroughs.

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