Secrets of Bakewell gardens revealed

The secret gardens of Bakewell will be open to the public in a bid to raise charity cash.

The Bakewell Oxfam Supporters Group will be hosting a Secret Gardens event on Sunday, August 26, between 2pm and 6pm.

Each year the group focuses on gardens in a different part of Bakewell. This year the open gardens will be in the area of Wyedale Drive, Wyedale Crescent, Burton Close and The Avenue.

The gardens vary in size and character with interesting plant collections and some stunning views. Some of the gardens have steep slopes and steps.

This event gives visitors an opportunity to see private gardens in parts of Bakewell usually hidden from view.

Although regarded as part of modern Bakewell this is an area of the town with an interesting and rich historic past. The valley of Burton Close has been occupied for a thousand years or more.

The garden trail will be well signed and balloons will be displayed to indicate the open gardens.

A Community Transport bus will provide a free shuttle service around the route to and from the Tourist Information Centre, in Bridge Street, Bakewell.

Refreshments, which include a selection of cakes, will be served throughout the afternoon at the Friends’ Meeting House and there will be Traidcraft, plant and jewellery stalls. One charge of £4 at a garden entrance will give access to all the gardens.

The members of the Oxfam Group expressed their gratitude to those who kindly open their gardens for this event and also to the many people who give their help.

Last year the Secret Gardens of Bakewell raised £3,000 for local causes.