Enjoy a walk around open gardens

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People will have the chance to visit a selection of gardens at the seventh Luddenden Open Gardens Day.

During the day 14 gardens will be open, ranging from small cottage gardens in two of Luddenden’s historic cottages to much larger ones with some of the most wonderful views over the valley.

A spokesperson said: “There is something to suit all tastes including typical English rose gardens, a wildlife garden and allotments but there are also two which are completely different. One is a smallholding containing four Shetland sheep, where there will be a demonstration of the wool being spun and woven, along with pet Kunekune pigs originating from New Zealand and a few hens for egg supply.

“The second was featured on Country File when it visited the Calder Valley. It is also a smallholding and produces Luddenden Valley wines, which Matt Baker said were absolutely delicious. There will be samples available, and the wines and liqueurs produced will be on sale.

“The village has represented Yorkshire in the Britain in Bloom competition, and was the winner of the best village competition in 2011 and runner up in 2013. Although it has not been entered for the last two years, well over £1000 is spent annually on floral decorations in the village, all of which has been raised by voluntary activities such as this.”

The event will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 11am to 5pm. Many of the gardens will be providing refreshments and there will be some plant sales.

Advance tickets cost £5 and can be ordered by calling 01422 885141. On the day tickets are £6 from the car park on Luddenden Lane. Free transport will take people up either side of the valley, drop them off, and then take them on to their next garden.

The money raised from the event will be used for Luddenden Conservation Society’s village projects.