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A record year for our secret garden weekend

A record year for our secret garden weekend

Open Gardens 2014









The bank holiday weekend was a mixed bag of sunshine and showers but it didn’t put off a record 1,755 people attending the Cathedral’s Open Gardens weekend.

The popular two day event held on 24th and 25th May 2014 has raised a record total of £12,398.89 for this year’s nominated charities – The National Garden Scheme (NGS), Pilgrims Hospices and Send a Cow.

Running for over ten years, the Cathedral’s Open Gardens, held in connection with the NGS, unlocks the private and secret gardens within the Cathedral grounds, and in the process raises money for charity.

As the gates to all five beautiful historic Canonical gardens were open, visitors had the opportunity to explore and discover the secret areas of this 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 was 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.

Seeing so many people enjoy the gardens is fantastic. It is a huge privilege to welcome people to experience the beauty – and the glory – of Canterbury Cathedral and its Precincts.

Canon Treasurer and Precinct Resident Nick Papadopulos


As usual, this weekend’s Cathedral Open Gardens was a spectacular event where visitors were privy to a “behind the scenes” look at both Cathedral life and its lovely gardens. Everyone worked so hard to make this happen and we were very privileged to be invited to attend again and to be the joint beneficiary of the funds that were raised during the weekend. We would like to thank everyone who gave their time, energy and resources to make this happen and to the visitors who generously paid to enjoy the gardens. Our volunteers always enjoy being part of the weekend and it enables us to engage with the local community and an international audience too. It’s very important for us to spread the messages about palliative care and this is a great forum for us to do this in.

Deborah Kellond, Regional Fundraising Manager for the Pilgrims Hospice


Despite the inclement weather a tremendous effort was made by the Cathedral team and we are very grateful and inspired by the wonderful commitment. The monies raised will help many poor families in Eastern Africa to become self-sufficient by using sustainable farming methods.

Sue Elliott, Volunteer South East Regional Co-ordinators, Send a Cow



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