Decades of gardening delights at Goltho

Gardens large and small are beginning to open again in support of the National Garden Scheme Charity.

Debbie Hollingworth, right, was presented with the commemorative fork by NGS organiser for Lincolnshire, Helen Boothman EMN-210413-080327001

For one garden owner near Wragby, it is cause for a double celebration.

Goltho Gardens, owned by Debbie and Simon Hollingworth, has been recognised for two decades of support to the NGS charity.

Ahead of their open day this Sunday, April 18, county organiser for NGS Helen Boothman went along to present Debbie with the customary commemorative fork.

The 20-years commemorative fork EMN-210413-080339001

Helen said: “It is a pleasure to present this award to Debbie, which will go with the trowel they received for their 10-years support.

“Over the years, Debbie and the Goltho team have helped raise valuable funds for NGS.

“Without the support of garden owners like Debbie, NGS wouldn’t be able to support the range of nursing and health charities we do.”

More than £60 million has been raised for these charities by the scheme and even last year, despite restrictions, a donation of £2.88 million was made.

Fritillaria in the wild flower meadow - just one small area of the extensive gardens at Goltho EMN-210413-080315001

Debbie said: “This is a charity close to my heart.

“It is a privilege for us to be one of the selected gardens to open for NGS and it will be lovely to welcome back its supporters this weekend .”

Goltho Gardens, which can be found on the A158 Lincoln road) will be open for NGS from noon to 4pm this Sunday, April 18.

The tea room will be open with outside serving only, in line with Covid restrictions.

Admission is £7.50, with children free.

The garden stretches to more than four acres, so there is no need to pre-book, however for other NGS gardens it is advisable to check at www.ngs.org.uk