Kilsyth gardens grow for charity

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Keen gardeners in Kilsyth showed off the wonderful work they have done in their gardens, and raised money for charity in the process.

Aeolia and Blackmill, both in Allanfauld Road, were open to the public on Sunday, May 19, as part of a national fundraising day held by Scotland’s Garden charity.

Visitors turned up in their droves to take in the spectacular gardens which are preened and perfected by their owners all year round.

And it seems their hard work paid of with a total of £1,400 raised from the day.

As in previous years, 60 per cent of the money raised will go towards the Scotland’s Gardens beneficiaries.

The charities supported by Scotland’s Gardens include Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, Perennial and The Gardens Fund of the National Trust for Scotland.

Strathcarron Hospice will also benefit from the day with 40 per cent of the money raised donated to this local charity.

Fiona Murdoch, who is secretary of the Friends of Burngreen, who have had to call it a day as reported in last week’s News and Chronicle, said the event was a great success.

She added: “Despite the dull weather, the gardens were looking colourful and we had a good number of visitors. “Many thanks to everyone who came and supported this worthwhile cause.

“Thanks also to all those who helped on the day and to the family, friends and neighbours whose help and support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.”

Scotland’s Gardens is a charity which started in 1931 to raise funds for other deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens of horticultural interest of all sizes to the public.