Hardy gar­den gates opened to vis­i­tors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Hardy fam­ily of Sandling Park opened their gates to the pub­lic on Sun­day. En­joyed by more than 500 vis­i­tors, the col­lec­tion of mag­nif­i­cent trees and shrubs, started by Lawrence Hardy at the turn of the cen­tury and added to by his gen­er­a­tions since, the wood­land gar­dens also boast some im­pres­sive rhodo­den­drons and aza­leas, which are the stars of the tour. Carolyn Hardy and her tal­ented hor­ti­cul­tural team have worked hard to per­fect the dis­plays. Fam­ily friend Nick Paine said: “There are 25 acres to ex­plore, so it makes for a good day out. The gar­dens are beau­ti­ful and there are things here you just will not see any­where else.” The gar­dens will be open again on May 20 and 27 be­tween 10am and 5pm and May 16 and 23 be­tween 1pm and 4pm. En­trance is £4 for adults. Chil­dren go free. Dogs are not per­mit­ted and there is lim­ited wheel­chair ac­cess. Car park­ing is free. En­trance is off the A20, halfa-mile from junc­tion 11 of the M20 to­wards Hythe.

Pic­ture Dave Downey pd1200069

Jane Hardy in the gar­dens of Sandling park, which was opened for the pub­lic on Sun­day

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