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High Riggs Farm Opens for National Garden Scheme

July 16 2019

High Riggs Farm will be holding an Open Day for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 20 July.

The National Garden Scheme raises funds for nursing and caring charities by opening gardens to the public. The charity gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. They have donated a total of £55 million to nursing and health charities since 1927, and made a record annual donation of £3.1 million in 2018 making them the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK. Beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson’s UK and  Perennial as well as a range of other smaller charities. 

The National Garden Scheme is passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. They fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, they launched the annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic.

Visitors to The Freeman Biodynamic Garden will be able to see this working market garden and learn about the work it carries out to support young people with learning differences while supporting the work of Freeman College, part of Ruskin Mill Trust and the National Garden Scheme  

1½ acres of intensive and diversified market garden west of Sheffield includes field and indoor vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, top and soft fruit on a south facing hillside with stunning views, using organic/biodynamic methods and providing therapy and education for young people with learning differences. 

4 acres of 25 yr old mixed woodland also provides sheltered areas devoted to green wood turning, composting leaves, woodchips and other organic vegetable waste.  

Refreshments will be available and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. 

Admission: Adult: £3.00 Children: Free

Visit the National Garden website for more information and contact details here.

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