Cou­ple open gar­den for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A COU­PLE are again shar­ing their beau­ti­ful gar­den with vis­i­tors in aid of a char­ity scheme.

Pat and Martin McMillan are open­ing their gar­den at Ridge­hill, Sut­ton, for the 10th time this year to raise money for the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme (NGS), which sup­ports a va­ri­ety of char­i­ties.

Pat, chair­man of the Cheshire Ladies Phi­lan­thropy Club, is a keen gar­dener and works hard on the four acre gar­den, which has views over the Cheshire Plain, herba­ceous bor­ders, an old rose gar­den, a shrub­bery with rhodo­den­dron, aza­leas, wa­ter fea­tures, top­i­ary and a Vic­to­rian green­house.

Hus­band Martin this year be­came chair­man of the NGS, which raised more than £2.6 mil­lion last year for or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Marie Curie Can­cer Care, Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port, Help The Hospice and Car­ers Trust.

He said: “Top of my pri­or­i­ties is to make this re­mark­able or­gan­i­sa­tion bet­ter known.

“We hope to have a lovely sunny day for our gar­den open­ing where vis­i­tors can have a cup of tea, home­made cakes and en­joy the gar­den.”

The gar­den is open on Sun­day, June 21 from 10am to 4.30pm.

Ad­mis­sion costs £5, free for chil­dren.

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