Garden open for charity

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GARDEN owners are hoping to rake in cash for a charity appeal - by opening their gates to the public this weekend.

Fanshawe Gate Hall garden, in Holmesfield, near Dronfield, will open to the public on Sunday to raise funds to provide clean, safe water and farmer training for people in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

The traditional Old-English garden will feature a display telling of the daily struggle people face in Sierra Leone, where food is scarce and life expectancy is around 45.

Refreshments will be on offer, including ploughman’s lunches and afternoon tea, and children can enter a garden quiz.

Owners John and Cynthia Ramsden are donating proceeds to the appeal through Dronfield and District Christian Aid Committee. Cynthia is raising further funds by selling copies of her books, Garden in My Life and Garden Tales.

The garden is open between 11am and 5pm, and entry costs £3 per adult, with accompanied children free.