Plaque presented to Gunby Hall’s garden

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque was presented to a historic hall’s beautiful garden as part of a national scheme.

The National Garden Scheme celebrated its 85th anniversary and as part of the momentous occasion, it will be presenting gardens that were open in 1927 with a plaque where Gunby Hall just outside Skegness, has such a garden.

In 1927, 609 gardens nationwide were founder members of the National Gardens Scheme and of those original gardens, 120 are opening this year to help celebrate the remarkable achievements of the scheme.

This includes 50 gardens which have not opened recently, seven of those 120 gardens are opening in Lincolnshire this spring and summer.

“There has been an astonishing continuity of support for the NGS from garden owners, volunteers and visitors during the 85 years, which in turn has supported our beneficiaries in nursing and caring, a rare charitable heritage and contribution,” said a spokesperson.

The seven gardens in Lincolnshire will be presented this year with a commemorative plaque, stamped with the impression of a 1927 shilling, the admission price which was charged then – today the average entry donation is £3 per adult and children are generally free.

Gunby Hall was presented with a plaque on Thursday April 26 by Susie Dean, Lincolnshire County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme.

In the last 85 years the number of gardens opening for the scheme in England and Wales has increased from 609 to over 3,700. In the last 10 years over £26million has been raised for nursing and caring charities. Donations are made to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Cross Roads Care, The Queens Nursing Institute, The Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children, ‘Perennial’ and the National Trust.

“Last year in Lincolnshire the NGS raised over £45,500, which was a record breaking result. I hope that this year you will thoroughly enjoy your visits to the wide variety of high quality and very special gardens, which feature in the leaflet, and help us to achieve an even better result on our 85th anniversary,” added a spokesperson.

For more information visit the NGS website at www.ngs.org and the Lincolnshire yellow leaflets are available at tourist information centres, libraries, and various garden centres.