A POPULAR valley gardens event has been expanded.
This year’s Hepworth Garden Trail – which has been held since 1998 – will include at least 17 venues.
Thirteen of the gardens on show this year are in Hepworth village, two in the neighbouring hamlet of Barnside, one in Jackson Bridge and one in countryside above the village.
Each garden will have something different to show – from the highly organised to the informal. Walking around the 13 Hepworth village gardens will take about two hours.
Because of the hilly terrain, some of the gardens will be unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs.
Taking part for the first time, Hepworth Junior and Infant School will open its grounds to allow visitors to see the wild life area, pond, vegetable plot and other environmental areas which have recently benefited from a grant from Awards For All.
Light lunches and refreshments will be on sale from noon in the village hall where toilet facilities, including a disabled toilet, will be available.
There will also be a stall selling produce at the entrance to Dobroyd Mill, where there is free parking.
Tickets for the event, tomorrow week, Sunday July 11, from 1pm to 6pm, cost £3 for adults with accompanied children free and will be in the form of a map.
The event is in aid of Holy Trinity Church.
Hepworth Art Group are holding an exhibition in Hepworth Church as part of the Garden Trail and, as well as all the works they have created for the exhibition, they also made a floral sign which will be on display in the village (see picture).
The art group is headed by Keith Harris and the lady in charge of the project was Kate Dowling.
Cathy Hesketh, Dot McIntosh and Kate Dowling each painted one of the flowers, and the whole sign was put together by John Blunden.