Berwick's Open Gardens day returns

Walking around Berwick is always a treat. There’s just so much to take in and savour: from sea and river views, to evidence of historic trials and triumphs, to quirky shops, galleries and an artist’s trail.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 9:57 am
Castle Vale and Coronation Park in Berwick.

Berwick’s fourth Open Gardens day presents an opportunity to enjoy all Berwick’s treasures and explore over 20 private gardens which owners are preparing for your enjoyment and delectation on Sunday. June 9 between 10am and 5pm.

The day is run by Friends of Berwick Castle Parks and supported by the many friends and neighbours who have offered to open their gardens to the public for the day.

Parks Development Officer Kate Dixon said: “We are so fortunate to have a strong group of volunteers and the support of local groups such as Berwick Army Cadets who contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of Berwick Castle Parks. Open Gardens is our biggest event of the year and our largest fundraiser with all funds raised going to fund future fun, engaging and informative events and to buy tools and plants for the parks.

"The day itself is a brilliant opportunity to visit our parks and enjoy the planting and the sculptures in Coronation Park (Tommy the Miller’s) and Castle Vale Park (Lily Pond) and to enjoy the range of private gardens tucked away in Berwick. Whether you want to simply savour the sights and scents of the gardens or hope to gain inspiration on planting, art in gardens or plant maintenance, this really is a great family day out.”

The cost for the day is £3 per adult (U18s free) – which gives you access to all the open gardens. With over 20 gardens participating, the trail is the biggest yet and stretches from Ravensdowne via Bridge Street to Bank Hill, Castlegate, Tweed Street, the Greenses and Castle Terrace up to Castle Hills House – the former maternity hospital. You can join the trail at whatever point you choose and visit as many gardens as you like.

As usual, some gardens will be offering plants and refreshments in return for donations and Kate Dixon and volunteers will be in and around the parks with plants, trail maps and to answer questions. Many gardens welcome well-behaved dogs on leads.

All information is in the trail map which you can buy in advance from Robertson’s on West Street or on the day from the Lily Pond at Castle Vale Park and from individual gardens.