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Botanic Garden to take part in Stoke Bishop Open Gardens

Press release issued: 26 June 2013

The University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden will be one of nine gardens open for the first Stoke Bishop Open Gardens trail this Sunday [30 June].

Members of the public will have the opportunity to visit the Botanic Garden along with eight hidden gardens in the village.

Gardens featured in the trail include woodland gardens with historic trees, walled gardens, informal wildlife designs, Pulhamite water features, artworks and Sky the gorilla.

The event has been organised by local residents who saw an opportunity to promote the benefit of having the University’s Botanic Garden in their neighbourhood.

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: “I am delighted that the Botanic Garden will participate in the Stoke Bishop Open Gardens. The garden relies on the support of Friends and volunteers and so we particularly welcome this community event where local people work together whilst enjoying beautiful gardens. I look forward to welcoming many visitors during the afternoon.”

Cream teas and refreshments along with information on local community groups and activities will be available in the village hall.

Entry to the garden trail is by a passport costing £5 per person, accompanied children free, and can be purchased in advance at the Botanic Garden, or on the afternoon from Stoke Bishop Village Hall and all participating gardens.

The passport will also be valid for one entry to the Botanic Garden between 30 June and 6 July 2013.

All proceeds from the day will go to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

For further information email or tel 0117 968 6592.

Stoke Bishop Open Gardens will take place on Sunday 30 June from 1-5 pm.  Last entry to the gardens is 5 pm.


Further information

About the Botanic Garden

June, July, August and September: Open Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Admission is £3.50 adults; free to University staff and retired staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under 16.

The garden also offers private day, evening and weekend guided tours for groups and gardening or any other leisure clubs. Please contact the garden for further information. There is a charge for the guide.

Directions to The Holmes

From the city centre go to the top of Whiteladies Road, at the junction and traffic lights go straight ahead across Durdham Down towards Stoke Bishop. At the traffic lights go straight ahead and take the first turning on the right into Stoke Park Road, The Holmes is 150 m on the right. Members of the public wishing to support the work of the Botanic Garden should join the Friends of the Garden. For more information go to or write to Susan Redfern, The Membership Secretary, 24 Dublin Crescent, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4NA.

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