The National Garden Scheme

Moorsholm’s Entry to the NGS

In the summer of 2014, Moorsholm was approached by the regional organiser for the National Garden Scheme with a suggestion that we might consider entering the scheme as a whole village. There are many examples in the Yellow Book of group entries, some gardeners in the same area, but also villages like ours. The regional organiser visited with a team from the National Garden Scheme and was very helpful in giving advice should we choose to apply, and also commenting on what they thought of the village as a potential entry, which was very positive!DSC_111943The idea was popular with the village and a steering group was formed with the help of the Moorsholm in Bloom committee to plan how we might tackle organising an open day. The date chosen was close to the summer judging for Northumbria in Bloom so that the village would be looking at its best. Invitations went out to all villagers for volunteers to open their gardens, as a result we had 8 open gardens and 16 allotments as well as heritage and horticultural features in public areas of the village.

The 2015 open day was a great success, approximately 250 people visited and we raised £2200 for cancer charities. One of the benefits of the day was the number of villagers who volunteered to help.

JeanSandraSheen43Over 50 people from the village helped to serve teas, sell plants, supervise parking and generally help all our visitors to enjoy their day in Moorsholm..

DSC_109743This year the open day will be on SUNDAY 17TH JULY from 11.30am to 4pm. There are 8 open gardens, half of which are new this year. Home-made teas will be served in the Sports Pavilion and Church Hall, a plant sale will take place in the marquee next to the Church Hall. The National Garden Scheme seemed to be a good way of raising the profile of the village and in being able to choose the date of the opening, and we could tie it in with summer judging.

We are again looking forward to welcoming visitors to the village, one advantage is that we get instant feedback on our work. Judging days provide that too, but with a wait of several months before we receive the report and result. We will evaluate the way forward to plan for future NGS open days.