Open Gardens in Clare will benefit the Red Cross

An open garden
An open garden

The next in the series of Open Gardens being held to raise funds for the Red Cross takes place at Riverside House in Clare on Sunday (June 29).

To date the Red Cross has raised £7,240 from its 2014 Open Gardens so has only another £2,760 to go to reach its £10,000 target with six gardens left.

Riverside House is a tranquil walled country garden on the banks of the River Stour.

There are delightful mixed herbaceous beds and formal lawns down to the river. A rustic bridge crosses the river to a wild woodland area with a magnificent native black poplar tree.

The gardens are open between 2pm and 5pm and have homemade teas. Entry is £4, children free.

All money raised goes towards local Red Cross projects such as the Emergency Response team.

This is a team of Suffolk volunteers who respond during major incidents such as traffic accidents or flooding. They offer help such as first aid, emotional support and supplies, setting up temporary rest centres where required.

The ER team often travel beyond the county to help in other disaster hit areas and have attended bomb threats in London and flooding in the Thames Valley.