NGS Open Garden ON HOLD
The planned NGS Open Gardens event at Chilworth Manor on Sunday 17 May is ON HOLD. We will let you know via our mailing list if a new Open Garden day is being set at Chilworth Manor when it is safe to do so again, so please sign up to our mailing list if not already done.
Please see message from NGS
In light of events unfolding in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Trustees of the National Garden Scheme have taken the difficult decision to ask all the charity’s garden owners not to open their gardens until further notice.
Commenting on the decision Chief Executive George Plumptre said:
“It became clear very quickly that containing the spread of the Coronavirus through managing social distancing and preventing people from travelling unacceptable distances has become a priority for the public good. This is the first time in the charity’s 93 year history that all the gardens have been closed. Even during the Second World War and the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010 many gardens remained open. We hope, very much, to be welcoming visitors back to National Garden Scheme gardens very soon.”
Chilworth Manor Open Gardens
For future reference .... Chilworth Manor Vineyard is proud to sponsor the National Garden Scheme's Open Garden Event at Chilworth Manor again and will be providing tastings of the 2019 Chilworth Manor Rosé throughout the event. In addition, there will be the opportunity to buy the wine by the bottle or case.
Chilworth Manor has participated with the NGS' Open Gardens for many years, with Lady Heald, the former owner of the Manor, being one of their National Chairwomen.
The gardens are open for you to explore on Sunday 17 May from 11 am to 5 pm. Entry is £6 at the door and children go free.
The NGS Garden Scheme is a charity event with all entry proceeds going to the Scheme’s beneficiary charities. Coffee, tea and home-made cakes are available all day and those proceeds are split between Chilworth Churches (St Thomas’ and St Martha’s) and Chilworth CofE Infant School.
Chilworth Manor, on the site of a former monastery, has a long and interesting history going back to the 11th Century. The extensive grounds have developed over many years and feature a terraced walled garden, created in the 18th Century by the Duchess of Marlborough and known as the Duchess’ Garden. It has herbaceous borders, topiary and fruit trees, woodland garden walks and original stewponds integrated with a new Japanese themed garden. The grounds and gardens are also the home of many interesting statues and sculptures made by various artists, some of whom are local. Not so local are the hurd of Alpacas living in the grounds. They are quite curious creatures and are happy to say hello.
Since the foundation of the Scheme, NGS has donated over £50 million to its beneficiary charities, of which over £25 million has been donated within the last ten years. The National Gardens Scheme’s commitment to nursing and caring remains constant, and the charity continues to grow and flourish. Visit their website for more information www.ngs.org.uk