‘We must be mad’, says local businesswoman , Debbie Fortune of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, ‘ we’re opening our garden not once but twice in June to raise money for charity!’
Debbie owns Yeo Meads in Congresbury, a one and a quarter acre formal garden laid out in the 18th century, and situated unusually right in the centre of the village. It includes many striking features including lots of mature specimen trees including a 300 year old Cedar of the Lebanon which fell in a storm in 2009 and is now retained as a feature, an ancient hollow lime tree, providing an irresistible magnet to bees, large mature copper beech trees, an octagonal thatched summerhouse, plus a Victorian pond, tennis lawn , unusual hard landscaping and rockeries and a productive kitchen garden.
Debbie explains, ‘ We’ve opened for the National Garden Scheme a number of times before . All the money raised goes towards cancer charities, a cause very dear to my heart. This year we’re open on 9th June from 11-4pm and we’ll be serving home made scones, many kindly made and donated by Lisa and Kathryn from our Congresbury office and lovely local friends, plus strawberry jam and Rodda’s Cornish Cream , again by kind donation from Rodda’s , with my own homemade lemonade on the side.
We’re also open the same hours on 2nd June to support Weston Hospicecare, a local highly respected charity with a super charity shop just by our office in Congresbury. The ladies from the charity will be helping out, baking madly and serving homemade cakes and lemonade. So it would be lovely to see as many people as possible and I would love our visitors to stay as long as they like , make new friends and meet old ones.
There are also plenty of quiet tucked away corners and seating areas to enjoy the atmosphere of this quintessential English country garden right in the heart of Congresbury.
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Park in the village car park by the Congresbury Arms ( formerly the Ship and Castle).