Ethy Gardens Open Day
Tuesday 24th May 2011
ETHY GARDENS – A RECORD FOR ST WINNOW FRIENDS!
On the afternoon of Sunday 15th May Andrew and Vanessa Leslie kindly opened the gardens of Ethy in aid of the charity ‘ Friends of St Winnow Church’. The weather held fair and a record number of visitors enjoyed the walks around the bluebell woods and the beautiful gardens. The gardens are constantly being planted and opened up. This year the new summer house view over the River was a great attraction.
Traditional Cornish teas were served in the courtyard from 2 until 5 pm and the choice of cakes baked by the Ethy volunteers was astounding. Becks Halkes, who organised the teas, commented, "we are so grateful to everyone for supporting this annual event. Visitors, many of whom were attending the Du-Maurier Festival, rated the tea as the best in Cornwall ".
Ethy gardens are not generally open to the public so this event not only attracts amateur and professional gardeners but also a good number of local people who make this an annual pilgrimage. This year over £1,200 was raised during the afternoon to fund important improvements and conservation work on the 15C church of St Winnow on the banks of the River Fowey.
To join The Friends of St Winnow please contact Frances Stephens at Baytree, St Winnow Barton, Lostwithiel. PL22 0LF 01208 873393