Gardening enthusiasts come out in force to tour 17 gardens in Hundon that opened up to the public on one day, an event that helped raise £600 for the proposed extension to the village shop.
The open gardens event is held every three years in village and is organised by Hundon Gardening Club.
The club’s secretary, Barbara Waldron, said: “It drizzled virtually from the time we started to the time we finished but it didn’t stop people coming.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the number of people that came to visit.”
Visitor numbers were boosted by the staging on the same day of the parish church’s flower festival.
The Rose & Crown pub in Hundon also did a barbecue on the day, while talented young musician Adam Chinery, who regularly plays for productions by the Haverhill-based Centre Stage Company, also got out his guitar to provide live music at one of the gardens.
A further incentive to visit the gardens was provided by a smattering of the hosts who are artists and exhibited some of their works in their studios.
The event also benefitted form being listed on www.opengardens.co.uk.