In contrast to July’s scorcher the weather was miserable in June for the West Swindon Open Garden’s weekend, but visitors turned out in record numbers to appreciate the hard work of gardeners of Shaw and Nine Elms.
They also brought a ray of sunshine to two Swindon charities by contributing £2,031.32 in entry tickets and raffle purchases.
Participating gardeners voted on the charities to support and agreed proceeds would be split with 65 per cent going to SMASH youth mentoring and 35 per cent allocated to Prospect Hospice.
SMASH has been sent £1,320.36 and Prospect received £710.96 in addition to £166.77 donated in collection jars and another £213.50 via an employer’s matched fundraising.
Pictured: Refreshing volunteers, from left, Lesley Dredge, Eleanor Snowden, Antje Baker, Jenny Machin, Jackie Hughes, Jean Haywood.