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The Cathedral community was delighted to welcome over 1,500 people to the Open Gardens event held on 25th and 26th May 2013. We are thrilled to announce that we raised the record total of £10,500 for our nominated charities.
Running for over ten years, the popular annual event, held in connection with the National Garden Scheme (NGS), unlocks the private and secret gardens within the Cathedral grounds, and in the process raises money for charity.
The weekend was bathed in warm weather, and as the gates to all five beautiful historic Canonical gardens were open, visitors had the opportunity to explore and discover the secret areas of the World Heritage Site.
In addition to the gardens and green spaces, visitors had the rare opportunity to visit the Bastion Chapel. A fine collection of classic cars were on display on the Green Court and a refreshments’ tent provided a mouth-watering variety of homemade cakes and tea. A birds of prey display set up camp near the Corona as did the ever popular bee keepers. New for 2013, The Chelsea Fringe, pop up poetry garden, made its Cathedral debut and visitors enjoyed performances by poets Abegail Morley, Emer Gillespie, actress author and poet, and Jo Hemmant of the acclaimed Pindrop Press.
The Open Gardens weekend has become a great feature in our life and all of us enjoy giving hospitality to those who come, this year we were rewarded with two days of wonderful weather and the event was a very happy occasion.
The Very Revd Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury
We are delighted at the success and amount of money raised for charity this year the weekend is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Gardeners hard work & care in looking after both the private & public spaces of the Cathedral. It was a treat to see so many people enjoying the event and we can’t wait to pass the cheques on to our nominated charities.
Cathedral Events Assistant Jocelyn Prebble