Did you know that in the summer of 1967, when the Beatles released 'Sgnt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', history was also made in a tiny village in Suffolk? Chelsworth, population c.150, held the first ever village Open Gardens event to raise money for the local church.
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50 years on, more than 1,000 towns and villages across the UK now hold similar community events each year. And many of them now appear on GreenPlantSwap.
Not resting on their laurels, Chelsworth (still pop. 150) are pioneering again on Sunday 25th June by using their 50th anniversary event to raise money for Thrive, the brilliant gardening therapy charity GreenPlantSwap also supports.
Meanwhile London (population 8.6 million), having followed in bold Chelsworth's footsteps(!), is holding its 20th and largest Open Garden Squares Weekend to date just a week earlier on 17th and 18th June. 234 gardens are opening across 27 boroughs - all of them featured on GreenPlantSwap.
Just choose your area through the link above and explore the huge variety of secret, private, public and community gardens through our 17 London Open Gardens event posts.
We think Open Gardens are a wonderful thing: good for gardens, communities, health and well being, and the causes the events the support.
This is why GreenPlantSwap is putting so much effort into providing Open Gardens a free events platform and free local marketing materials.
Could you and your local community, village or town take the leap like bold Chelsworth and hold an event next year? We'd help you and, like them, we think you'd never look back.