What a blooming lovely way to help good causes

Pictured are Christine & Tom Steel in their garden in Baslow Road,Totley
Pictured are Christine & Tom Steel in their garden in Baslow Road,Totley
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Everything in the garden was lovely – when nine Sheffield families opened up their grounds to visitors as part of an annual charity fundraiser.

Nine homes took part in the Totley Open Gardens weekend, a group which has raised £15,500 for charities since the project began in 2002.

Pictured are Christine & Tom Steel in their garden in Baslow Road,Totley

Pictured are Christine & Tom Steel in their garden in Baslow Road,Totley

This year’s beneficiaries will include Transport 17, which helps operate minibuses to take senior citizens to lunch clubs across the south of the city. Also due to receive donations are the Totley History Group and Totley Music Festival.

One of the gardeners involved was Jennie Street, who said fine weather had encouraged over 80 people to call round.

“But on the Sunday we were the victims of what you might call the Andy Murray effect – he might be responsible for our takings not being as high as the might have been,” she said.

Jennie welcomed visitors from as far afield as Warwickshire, Cheshire and Leeds, some of whom make a hobby of their travels.

Her own garden is special for its quirkiness – Jennie turns unwanted items into junk sculptures.

“I have installations made from items such as textile mill rollers, watering cans, forks, knives and spoons, clothes dryers, old tools and tea strainers, even Star printing plates,” she said.

“People look and say, ‘I’ll never throw anything away again’. Everything is a bit unorthodox. I just get the ideas out of my head, and I’ve been opening the garden for 13 years now.”