Open garden event to boost good cause

Friends of the Peak District are to benefit from an Open Garden event at Snitterton Hall, near Matlock.

The owners of the Grade One Elizabethan manor are opening their glorious gardens on Sunday, September 1, to members of the public.

All proceeds from the event are going to the Peak District charity.

“We are delighted to welcome Friends of the Peak District to the Snitterton Hall gardens” said Kate Alcock, the current owner.

“We’re privileged to live in this lovely place and hope everyone will enjoy seeing the gardens in their summer glory”.

Originally built in the 1630s, Snitterton Hall was recently restored to its original splendour amid much local curiosity.

As well as being a much loved family home now, it is also a rare surviving example of an Elizabethan manor house.

The beautiful gardens were also lovingly restored in late Elizabethan-Jacobean style with extensive lawns, terraces and formal box hedging.

They contain pavilions, stables, entrance gateway and an amazing semi-underground swimming pool.

“Some of the garden dates from the 1600s, but other parts were re-modelled in the 1990s and just this year we have established a new walled vegetable garden,” said Kate.

Refreshments will be on sale on the day and parking is available.

Disabled access is to part of the gardens only.

All money raised will go to the Friends of the Peak District’s work to protect Peak District landscapes.

Admission to the open garden event on Sunday, September 1 is £4 for adults (three people for £10), £2 for under 16s, and under fives will be able to get in for free. Tickets are available on the day.

The location is Snitterton Hall, Snitterton, near Matlock DE4 2JG.

It is signposted from Sainsbury’s, Matlock and South Darley.