Gardeners set to open their gates

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Gardeners in Midgley will be opening their gates to visitors this weekend for the biennial Open Gardens event.

This year 18 gardens will be open to view from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

All set in a traditional village overlooking the Calder Valley, the selection includes permaculture plots, woodland and wildlife gardens, traditional cottage gardens, courtyards and floral displays.

Most of the gardens are hidden away behind buildings and cannot normally be seen by the public.

Midgley Forum representative Anne Holdsworth said: “The Open Gardens weekend is always popular, with visitors coming from across Yorkshire and beyond, and all assured of a very warm welcome.

“Our gardeners have faced some challenging weather conditions this spring, but all have worked really hard to make sure their gardens will be looking at their very best.”

In addition to the gardens, a number of Midgley studios will be opening their doors for the weekend, offering the chance to view and buy artwork and knitwear from local artists and designers.

Other attractions include a display of birds of prey and performances by the Halifax Chamber and a group of visiting Palestinian dancers.

Tickets and programmes giving full details of the weekend are available from Midgley shop and from gardens at the event.

For more information, visit www.midgleyvillage.co.uk.