Alice attends a Garden fundraiser

The Mapperley Open Gardens was held yesterday afternoon in Sherwood, Nottingham – the home of Robin Hood! 

There are many ways to raise funds for charity.  There are those individuals who sponsor a child in poverty stricken parts of the world, and those who make donations to charities.  There are those who give their time freely to help charities conduct their work, as well as to raise funds for this.  Then there are corporations that get involved with sponsorships.  There are musicians that hold concerts to raise funds for specific causes, for example flood victims, tsunamis, earthquakes and so on.  Then there are the communities that get together on a project to raise funds for charity.  This team work and camaraderie and generosity is exactly what a group of private residents did last weekend in Sherwood, Nottingham.

There are many ways to raise funds for charity.  There are those individuals who sponsor a child in poverty stricken parts of the world, and those who make donations to charities.  There are those who give their time freely to help charities conduct their work, as well as to raise funds for this.  Then there are corporations that get involved with sponsorships.  There are musicians that hold concerts to raise funds for specific causes, for example flood victims, tsunamis, earthquakes and so on.  Then there are the communities that get together on a project to raise funds for charity.  This team work and camaraderie and generosity is exactly what a group of private residents did last weekend in Sherwood, Nottingham.

On Sunday 4 July 2010, the residents of Mapperley Drive and surrounds, opened up their gardens to the general public.  Open gardens for the purpose of raising funds for charity have become quite a trend in England over the last couple of decades.  These functions also provide a perfect opportunity for old friends to catch up and socialise, and all for a good cause.  This reminds me too of those black and white photos we have in our album taken at Tudor House in Suffolk where my Grandmother used to host her own garden parties.  Her parties included fashion parades as well as champagne, tea and cake, and these were to raise funds for charity too, although they were organised as part or her duties as the President of the Women’s Institute.

I wondered how these open gardens came about.  Then I learnt recently that originally the purpose was to raise funds for nurses.  However this purpose became redundant after the introduction of the National Health Service.  So in recent times the funds have been raised for a variety of charities.

There were three charities that chose to take part this year.  One was a clinic in Kenya, the other was a society for Motor Neurone disease, and the last one was an organisation helping survivors of sexual abuse.  There is no target set for the fund raising, but last year they made £5000 – not bad for one afternoon!

The park residential area near the Castle in Nottingham is known for its grandeur.  The residents there originally held the open gardens.  The Mapperley Park area is very beautiful and abundant with tall old trees and plants.  They also make quite the impression.

Some of the gardens had been open to the public before to raise funds for the Alzheimers Society.  However, the Mapperley Gardens themselves, have only been opened once before.  This year, in its second event, the turn out was so good that it looks like it may become a regular feature on the events calendar?  The English weather is unpredictable and it looked like it may rain, so I had thought there would be very few attendees.  But to my surprise the place was swarming.  So much so, that at some gardens there were long queues to come in and out.  Number five in particular seemed the most popular!  The queue extended so far that we were did not have the patience to wait.  We did the block, visiting other gardens, and then before we drove home, we managed to finally get in to take a look around.  

Friends and family members volunteered to man the desks at the front of each garden to collect the ticket money and to distribute the maps.  There were also raffles, cakes, tea, strawberries and cream and champagne for sale.  Not to mention the plants and preserve bottles too!  We stopped off to the Tennis club where the three of us enjoyed cups of tea and coffee, with chocolate cake, coffee cake, and blue berry cheese cake.  It was great fun sitting on the tennis courts in our summer picnic chairs.  I was particularly keen on the bunting, those little flags really added to the fun of the  festivities.

Published by Alice Letts

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