Donington open garden this summer

Colin and Janet Johnson say their large garden gives them relaxation, fresh air and exercise.

However, they like to share the space by opening their garden to visitors each year under the NGS scheme.

They have opened their garden since 2008 when they took part in the Donington open garden day, and 2009 when they joined the NGS open garden scheme.

Janet says: “We have a lot to interest people with something for everyone.”

Each year, they welcome about 100 visitors a day, who can also enjoy teas and coffees in the garden.

This year, they are opening their garden on Sunday, June 23 and on Sunday, July 7 (11am to 4pm both days).

However, visitors are welcome by appointment only from June to August.

Admission is £3.50 adults and children are free – last year they raised about £800.

The money raised goes to NGS charities that Colin and Janet also support: Marie Curie, Macmillan, Help the Hospice and Carers’ Trust.

• Find the garden at The Hawthorns, Bicker Road, Donington PE11 4XP. Telephone 01775 822808.