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Botanic Garden to take part in Stoke Bishop Open Gardens

Press release issued: 24 June 2014

The University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden will be one of eight gardens open for the second Stoke Bishop Open Gardens trail this Sunday [29 June].

Members of the public will have the opportunity to follow the trail of seven private gardens running through Stoke Bishop from Reedley Road to Old Sneed Park.  Visitors will also have the chance to visit the Botanic Garden and take a guided stroll in the Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve.

Streams, pools, sculptures and specimen trees feature in the gardens taking part in the event, which has been organised by local residents.

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: “Last year’s Stoke Bishop Open Gardens was a great success and I am delighted that the Botanic Garden will participate once again. 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. We look forward to welcoming many visitors during the afternoon.”

Refreshments will be available in one of the open gardens, on the terrace at the Botanic Garden and in the Stoke Bishop Village Hall, where visitors can also view paintings of local rare native plants and purchase botanic prints and cards.

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

All proceeds from the day will go to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and the provision of hanging baskets in the centre of Stoke Bishop.

For further information email or tel 0117 968 6592.

Stoke Bishop Open Gardens will take place on Sunday 29 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 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.

Dogs (except registered disability assistance dogs) are not permitted in the Botanic Garden.

The Garden is largely accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters with a designated path leading around the Garden and glasshouses. Disabled toilet facilities are available on site.

The Garden also offers private day, evening and weekend guided tours for groups of ten upwards for gardening or any other leisure clubs. In addition there is a number of pre-bookable Evening Summer Tours.  Please contact the Garden for further information.  There is an additional charge for all tours.

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 the Friends of the Garden or write to Susan Redfern, The Membership Secretary, 24 Dublin Crescent, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4NA.

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