GREEN-fingered fundraisers are showing off their hard work by opening their gardens to the public.

Several people in Huddersfield are among more than 100 Yorkshire-wide taking part in this year's National Gardens Scheme's charity event.

More than £1.8m was given to charity last year as a result of garden openings in 2004.

Since the scheme began in 1927 more than £20m has been given.

Retired GP Owen Griffiths and his wife, May, are inviting the public to tour their three-quarter-acre garden at Rose Cottage, Upperfield Lane, High Hoyland.

"It's such an interesting garden. There's just so much to see," said Mrs Griffiths.

"The garden is a way of life really. I'm the gardener, but it's a joint effort," she added.

The couple moved into Rose Cottage in 2000 and have taken part in the open gardens scheme ever since.

Their land includes extensive rose gardens, topiary, sun and shade borders, clematis, rhododendrons, ferns, 140 varieties of galanthus and a new wild flower meadow and copse.

The next opening of the garden will be on Sunday, April 24, between 2pm and 5pm.

Teas will be sold in aid of St Andrew's Methodist/United Reformed Church in Penistone.

Dr Griffiths was a senior partner at Penistone surgery.

Admission is £2.50 for adults and 50p for children.

Other local homes opening their gardens include:

* Norma and Mike Hardy, 4 Queens Road, Edgerton, on Sunday, June 26, 11am to 5pm.

* Roxanne and Nick Walker, 24 Lavender Court, Netherton, on Sunday, June 26, 11am to 5pm.

* Julie and Tony Peckham, Highfields, Manorstead, Skelmanthorpe, on Sunday, May 22, 2pm to 5pm.

* Mr and Mrs Neil Hudson, Lower Crawshaw, Emley, Sunday, May 22, noon to 5pm.

* Peter Broadbent, 44 Springwood Road, Holmfirth, Sunday, June 26, 2pm to 6pm.

Free copies of the National Gardens Scheme's Yorkshire Gardens 2005 guide are available by sending an A5 size stamped addressed envelope to Mrs Elizabeth Tite, publicity officer NGS Yorkshire, Field Cottage, Littlethorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3LG.