Private gardens open to the public throughout the year in national scheme raising millions for charity

National Gardens Scheme - Sue Foster at Westend House, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard.
National Gardens Scheme - Sue Foster at Westend House, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard.

Owners of private gardens across the country will be opening their gates this year to help raise millions for charities.

Dozens of beautiful outdoor spaces across Bedfordshire, from small Victorian courtyards to country estates, will be welcoming visitors to admire their designs.

National Gardens Scheme - Sue Foster at Westend House, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard.

National Gardens Scheme - Sue Foster at Westend House, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard.

Although the scheme started earlier in the spring, the season gets into full swing on the weekend of June 6 and 7 when many gardens join the national open weekend event.

Villagers in Cublington will be opening their gates to the public on Sunday, June 7, 2pm until 5pm, and visitors can tour a group of diverse gardens in this attractive conservation area.

The gardens in this group include Cedar Cottage, 4 The Walled Gardens, Cherry Cottage, 3 The Walled Gardens, Larkspur House, Old Manor Cottage, The Old Stables and 1 Stewkley Road.

The combined admission is £5, with children admitted free. Tea available at the village hall, an old Victorian school.

National Gardens Scheme - Westend House, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard

National Gardens Scheme - Westend House, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard

The following weekend, Sunday, June 14, a garden returning to the scheme will be open to visitors.

One South Lodge, Linslade Road, Heath and Reach, is opening on Sunday, June 14, 1pm until 6pm, for the first time after a long break.

One of two Lutyens style lodges bordering Rushmere Park, the garden of One South Lodge has been extensively renovated over the last three years to create a French inspired Villandry formal garden, and an informal secret garden bordering a lakes.

Admission is £3 with children free and light refreshments available.

Also opening nearby are two gardens at Great Brickhill, on Sunday June 14, 1pm until 6pm. The gardens at numbers 2 and 28 Pound Hill will be welcoming visitors. Combined admission is £4, children free. Also open Westend House, Cheddington, is among other gardens opening this year. The garden has already opened in April and is next open on Sunday, August 2, from 2pm until 5pm.

The two-acre garden restored, extended and developed during the last 10 years features herbaceous and shrub borders, formal rose garden, wild flowers, natural pond newly planted in 2014 for late summer colour, potager with vegetables and flowers for picking.

Many gardens that open for the NGS warmly welcome group visits and they provide the ideal opportunity for your society or group to visit a garden at a time that is convenient to you.

In 2014 the NGS raised £2.5m and made donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Carers Trust, Hospices UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial, National Trust and Parkinson’s UK.

For more details and full list of gardens open and the dates throughout the year, visit www.ngs.org.uk