Bumper turnout for ‘beau­ti­ful’ gar­den party

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A COU­PLE en­joyed a bumper turnout when they opened their beau­ti­ful gar­den to the public for char­ity.

The ges­ture by Pat and Martin McMil­lan at their gar­den in Ridge­hill, Sut­ton, was part of the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme (NGS) which sup­ports var­i­ous lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties.

They raised an im­pres­sive £5,323.

Pat was awarded a trowel and cer­tifi­cate from the NGS, pre­sented by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of first open­ing the gar­den.

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, wa­ter fea­tures, topiary and a Vic­to­rian green­house.

She said: “De­spite it be­ing a dull and cold day and also Fa­ther’s Day there were a lot of new faces and we had a record num­ber of visi­tors.

“We were de­lighted to raise a stag­ger­ing £5,323.”

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

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