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May 19, 2016, 9:47:00 AM

Barnett Hill in Surrey has raised over £4,000 by opening its gardens for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) on Sunday 8th May.

This is the second year the Guildford based hotel and conference venue has showcased its beautiful 26-acre hilltop estate to the public, with 530 visitors in attendance this year.

Known for its tranquil setting and eclectic collection of plants, the gardens are currently filled with spring colours, with its spectacular bluebell woods worthy of particular mention.

The event generated over £4,000 for charity, with nearly £3,000 raised for the NGS, which supports nursing, caring and gardening charities. A further £1,500 was raised by the venue’s plant sale, proceeds of which have been donated to local West Sussex-based charity, Canine Partners, which helps train assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities.

General Manager, Tim Hall, said:

“The Open Gardens event was a great success this year. The weather was fantastic, the gardens looked beautiful and we were delighted to be able to support these remarkable charities. Credit has to go to the Barnett Hill estate team and their volunteers who have worked so hard to get the garden and grounds ready, and of course to the rest of the team for ensuring everyone had an enjoyable day. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!”