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Village shows off its gardens

A FESTIVAL showing off some of a village's most beautiful gardens takes place tomorrow.

A FESTIVAL showing off some of a village's most beautiful gardens takes place tomorrow.

The owners of 23 gardens in the Shelley area are opening them up to the public.

Visitors will be able to see large landscaped gardens, small cottage gardens, ponds, rockeries and wildlife areas.

One large garden in Coat Close features a streamside nature trail, and another is built on several levels and covers several acres.

Many of the gardens offer views over the countryside. Some are also selling refreshments and plants, and one is offering games and activities.

The festival has been organised by Shelley Community Association to raise money for village projects.

Visitors should start their tour at the village hall, where Armitage's Garden Centre, Shelley, will be setting up a court garden with palm trees.

The hall will be open from 11am to 5pm and will also hold an art exhibition of work by villagers on a garden theme.

The gardens will be open from 11am to 7pm and parking will be available at the garden centre and places such as pubs and clubs around the village.

Malcolm McDonald (in his garden) 158

Kirkburton parish councillor Malcolm MacDonald said: "We held a garden festival in 1999 and it was a huge success, attracting people from all over the North.

"It was beautiful weather then - and we are hoping for a repeat performance.

"We plan to have a garden festival every two years, to coincide with the art exhibition," he added.

Tickets, which include a brochure and a map, cost £3 on the day.


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