Stunning woods and gardens in Old Sodbury to open to the public

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

FOUR acres of woods and carefully-crafted gardens in Old Sodbury will be open to the public for an entire week later this month.

Arnold and Dorothy Denman have been opening up the stunning surrounds at their Elizabethan farmhouse, Camers, in summer for several years now. But for the first time in late February, to coincide with the flowering of masses of snowdrops, the green-fingered couple will open their gardens in the winter.

Their daughter-in-law Jo has been helping to organise the open week in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, from Monday, February 20 until Saturday, February 25 (9.30am-12.30pm).

She said: "Arnold and Dorothy are very passionate about their constantly-changing garden which over the last 10 years has regularly opened to the public in the summer months raising money for charity under the National Garden Scheme, but we have never opened the gardens in winter. "We hope that many of our regular summer visitors as well as lots of new visitors will take advantage of seeing what the garden has to offer at a different time of year and most importantly help us to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support’."

As well as the snowdrops, visitors can explore the four-acre woods and garden set in the west sloping site on the limestone of the Cotswold escarpment, and enjoy outstanding views over the Severn Estuary. Cakes, tea and coffee will also be on sale.

Macmillan fundraising manager Sadie Moore said: "This is a brilliant opportunity to catch a stunning natural display in a historical local setting, whilst also raising money for people living with cancer.

"Thank you so much to the Denmans for opening their gardens, and to everyone who joins them during the snowdrop week."

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