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Dorridge garden set to open on Easter Sunday to raise cash for charity

Sarah Mason 16th Apr, 2019

A HIDDEN treasure in Dorridge is opening to the public this weekend to raise vital charity cash.

Broadacre garden and estate will be opening its doors on Sunday (April 21) as part of the National Gardens Scheme Garden Open Days.

The event runs from 2pm until 6pm, and admission is £5, with children going free. Dogs are more than welcome.

Managed organically, Broadacre is a peaceful, semi-wild private estate landscaped around a 1906 gentleman’s house and lodge, with marl pools, undulating lawns, indigenous woodland, fruit trees in spring blossom and two adjoining wild flower meadows. Barn owls breed in its magnificent oaks.

Quintessentially English, it was started in 1942 when horticulturist John Woolman (awarded the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour), the present owner’s grandfather, bought the estate from Lady Edith Lizzie Curtis.

This National Gardens Scheme outing also offers ample free parking, a punt on the lake, a large vegetable garden, plants for sale and even a cricket club on site.

On sale will be Broadacre crab apple jelly to loganberry jam – made from estate produce.

Afternoon teas, with a wide choice of home baking prepared by Bentley Heath Country Market, will be served by the Wisteria Wall.

The scheme raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospice UK and Carers Trust, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society.

The property can be found on Grange Road in Dorridge, B93 8QA.

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