Town set for first ever Spring Open Gardens

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Eleven Caistor householders and organisations have agreed to open their gardens to the public next week to raise money for the Red Cross.

The town already gives strong support to the charity, with more than 20 gardens open for a weekend in the summertime. The weekend attracted nearly 1000 visitors last year, with people coming from several counties.

Next week’s event – on Sunday, April 12 – will be the first time gardens will open during the Spring. It has been launched through Caistor In Bloom.

“With Spring now upon us we can see the natural habitat of the town starting to blossom,” said Michael Galligan, of Caistor In Bloom. “With residents working to keep pace with it, we should see another beautiful year.

“Visitors will be invited to marvel at the great number of aconites, daffodils, tulips, primroses, hellebores, and various mixed bulbs,” he added. “From wonderful large gardens to delightful petite gardens there will be an array of flowers with a profusion of colour.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy a lunch or a cream tea as they wander at leisure around the historic market town.

Opening times are from noon to 5pm. Admission tickets will be available from the Multi-Use Centre near to Caistor’s War Memorial. Entry fee will be £5, with children under the age of 16 admitted free. Phone 01472 851883 for more details.


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Cliff Rust shows Michael Galligan photographs of when diggers moved in at the start of development work to his garden

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Jill and Cliff Rust’s garden as it is now, after the diggers have done their work and many, many hours of hard labour. Mr Rust is pictured with Jessica Wall, 9, his dog Ellie and Caistor in Bloom’s Michael Galligan

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The garden benefits from having many natural springs. Mr and Mrs Rust buried a complex series of pipes to create the water feature

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Michael Galligan and Jessica Wall, 9, check the flowerbeds in Nettleton Road


  1. Cliff Rust

    Good article and advertising for the spring gardens but any reference to Cliff Rust should read Jill & Cliff Rust as this project is definitely a combined effort.

  2. Shona Wall (Post author)

    And a superb effort it is Jill and Cliff, article corrected, thank you for the comment


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