Letter: Open gardens are back – and there’s seven to explore

Open Gardens Ely: Bishop of Ely's garden

Open Gardens Ely: Bishop of Ely's garden - Credit: KEN ELLIS

In April of last year, I had the sad duty to inform you that we were not able to open our gardens as usual, with the hope that this year would be different.  

Open Gardens Ely: 38 Chapel Street

Open Gardens Ely: 38 Chapel Street - Credit: KEN ELLIS

Well, it is. I’m happy to say that the Ely Open Gardens for the NGS will take place on Sunday June 6 from midday to 6pm. 

There are seven gardens open, ranging from a courtyard-style garden to the Bishop of Ely’s rather larger garden, complete with a large interesting feature at one side. 

Open Gardens Ely: 42 Cambridge Road

Open Gardens Ely: 42 Cambridge Road - Credit: KEN ELLIS

Details of the gardens can be found on our local website as well as on the NGS website

Entry is by pre-booked ticket only, with tickets allocated in groups to half-hour timeslots.

Open Gardens Ely: Bishop of Ely's garden

Open Gardens Ely: Bishop of Ely's garden - Credit: KEN ELLIS

Choose the garden that you wish to start at, and book there. 


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You don’t need to book each garden separately. Booking is available at the NGS website, details above.  

Open Gardens Ely: Chief's Street 

Open Gardens Ely: Chief's Street - Credit: KEN ELLIS

Numbers to each garden will be limited, with different entry and exit points where possible and marked paths in the more restricted areas of the gardens.

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The entry fee, which covers all seven gardens, is £8 per adult, with under 16s free.  

Open Gardens Ely: Bishop of Huntingdon's garden

Open Gardens Ely: Bishop of Huntingdon's garden - Credit: KEN ELLIS

There will be plants for sale at a couple of locations, and you will be able to pre-order an afternoon tea pack.

These include a selection of two finger sandwiches, a cupcake and mini cheese scone for £5.98-a-head.

Proceeds to Shine, an event for girls that takes place in Ely.  

Open Gardens Ely: 12 Chapel Street

Open Gardens Ely: 12 Chapel Street - Credit: KEN ELLIS

These will be available at 42 Cambridge Road. These may be booked by going to our local website, www.elyopengardens.com and clicking on the appropriate link. 

We do hope that you will be able to join us this year. Together, let’s have a pleasant afternoon and raise some much needed funds for the charities supported by the NGS. 

Open Gardens Ely: 38 Chapel Street

Open Gardens Ely: 38 Chapel Street - Credit: KEN ELLIS

KEN ELLIS, Open Gardens Ely co-coordinator

Open Gardens Ely: Chief's Street 

Open Gardens Ely: Chief's Street - Credit: KEN ELLIS


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