POOLE Cottage will be opening its gates to visitors this Sunday as part of the National Open Gardens’ Scheme. 

The scheme gives visitors unique access to exceptional private gardens across the country to raise money for nursing and health charities. 

Only a short walk from Goodrich Castle, the garden was created from scratch in 2011 and is hidden away on Coppett Hill, overlooking the River Wye. 

Designed by Jo Ward-Ellison, the two-acre garden is described as predominantly naturalistic in style with a contemporary feel. 

Ms Ward-Ellison said: “Our aim was to create a garden and by exploring the site you can see what progress we have made so far, and we hope that we may inspire others looking for ideas to create their own garden.” 

A previous visitor said: “the garden is very different to any other garden and shows a depth of knowledge and appreciation of the beauty of rare and common plants.” 

The modern country garden is in keeping with the local natural landscape and is home to a small orchard and pond loved by various wildlife. 

As part of the scheme’s open gardens a shuttle bus will be operating from Goodrich to allow visitors to utilise the village car park. 

At previous open garden events tea and cakes have been on offer from the kitchen garden and a selection of plants from the garden itself have been available to purchase. 

With views of the Wye Valley and great walking on Coppett Hill, there’s plenty on offer for locals looking for a fun day out in nature this weekend.  

The garden will be open from 10.30am to 5pm with admission costing £5 per person, with children entering for free.  

All proceeds will be donated to some of the schemes’ core beneficiaries including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.