The first Wreningham Open Gardens event for 20 years was a roaring success last Sunday (June 16) when the sun shone, over 350 people flocked in and over £3,000 was raised for All Saints church in the village.

Some 14 beautiful gardens in Wreningham, Top Row and High Common were open for visitors who braved an early shower and then sunshine for the rest of the day. Visitors came from as far afield as Lincolnshire, Essex and Yorkshire, as well as from all over Norfolk.

Organiser Karen Nunn said: “Well the sun was an hour or so late to the party but everyone had a fabulous time regardless.   It was great to see so many people from across the community supporting this event. We have had lovely feedback from many of our visitors and some are already looking forward to their next visit! The fantastic sum raised for the church has made all the hard work worthwhile.”  

Fellow organiser, Janet Richardson, said: “A big thank you to all our garden hosts, our Open Gardens event was a fantastic success, due to all the beautiful gardens that were on show on the day!

“The event raised over £3,000, a truly fantastic sum of money, for the church. Ticket sales, advertising space in the gardens booklet, refreshments, plant sale and contributions from the art sales are all included in this amount.

“We had over 350 visitors to the village on the day and great feedback from visitors.”

Comments included: “I really enjoyed the open garden event and very much look forward to it happening again. There are a lot of talented and enthusiastic gardeners in your wonderfully sociable village.”

“An extremely well organised event, an excellent, easy to read map and very friendly people all over the village.”

Pictured above are a few of the many visitors in one of the Wreningham gardens.

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