Elmton Open Gardens and Well Dressing

by | 5 June 2022 | Community Event, Gardening Club, Worksop

Enjoy a seasonal visit to Elmton this month, where you can admire charity open gardens and see the traditional well dressings.

Six gardens are open in Elmton on the weekend of 25th and 26th June, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm, with a combined admission price of £5.00 for adults (children are free). Dogs on leads are welcome. Cream Teas will be available at the old school room next to the church and food is also available at the Elm Tree Inn. The gardens have a variety of styles, including fruit and vegetable growing.

As well as the open gardens supporting the National Garden Scheme, Mark Hopkinson of Elm Tree Cottage is also holding a raffle and selling homemade bird boxes and feeders to raise funds for the Western Park Cancer Charity.
The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Guernsey, and raises impressive amounts of money for some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the scheme has donated more than £63 million to beneficiary charities, and in 2021 made donations of over £3 million. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, the scheme is now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – they are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. They fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy and, in 2017, launched the annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic. Their funding also supports the training of gardeners and offers respite to horticultural workers who have fallen on difficult times.

At the end of June, there will also be three well dressings on show in the village, as organised by Judith Duvall and continuing the traditional event in the village.

“Our overarching theme this year is ‘helping others / community service’ and is deliberately broad in context as this allows the two schools from Creswell who take part to link the theme with their curriculum should they choose to do so,” said Judith.
“We are really pleased to have both the Church of England Nursery and Infants and Creswell Junior School involved as we feel it is important to encourage a ‘legacy’ culture with young children to preserve this ancient craft.
“The main board is made by volunteers from Elmton with Creswell Parish and this year we are supporting Ukraine and specifically plan to have a collection to support women and teenage girls whose human rights have been violated by Russian invading forces who have used rape as a weapon of war.”