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Open Garden Event will Raise Funds for Nursing Charities

An Anglesey couple are throwing open the gates to their stunning private garden as part of the 90 year anniversary celebrations for the National Open Garden Scheme next weekend (June 10 and 11).

Eileen Evans and her husband, Ken, have lovingly crafted their extensive garden at Maen Hir in Dwyran over the last ten years and are inviting visitors to come along and take a relaxing tour of their outdoor space, buy plants and enjoy homemade afternoon teas.

It’s all part of the National Open Garden Scheme’s aim to encourage people to share their gardens with the public to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and other nursing charities. In 90 years, the scheme, which sees 3,800 gardens open up across Wales and England, has raised over £50m for charity.

For their part, Mr and Mrs Evans have raised many thousands over the last seven years and hope this year will be their best yet. They have also been given a helping hand by house builder Redrow, with a cash boost and goody bags for all those who come along during the open weekend.

The Evans’ garden, which had be judged to go into the scheme, is set in seven acres, including a beautiful walled garden with gazebo, poppies, roses and mixed herbaceous borders. There is a courtyard, outer garden, woodland walks, greenhouse, potting shed, cutting patch and a hay meadow to enjoy, all against the backdrop of the magnificent views of Snowdonia.

Eileen Evans said: “When we moved here ten years ago, our garden was overgrown. It’s been a real passion of ours to transform it into what it is today and a true labour of love.

“When we first opened our garden we had 600 visitors over the weekend and we’re hoping to welcome even more than that next weekend, and raise as much as we can for the various charities which the National Open Garden Scheme supports.

“We’ll have plants from the garden for sale plus homemade teas on offer.”

Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow, which is building new homes around 10 miles away at Goetre Uchaf on the outskirts of Bangor, said: “We’re pleased to support Mr and Mrs Evans in their fundraising efforts which will make a real difference to many deserving charities, and we hope the weather is kind during the open weekend so that the garden can be enjoyed in all its glory.”

Visit Mr and Mrs Evans’ garden at Maen Hir, Dwyran, Anglesey, LL61 6UY during the open weekend, Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June (11am - 5pm). Admission is £4.00 for adults, children free. Home-made teas are available on the front lawn.

For more on the National Open Garden Scheme visit www.ngs.org.uk.

Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.