HAMPTON BISHOP

OPEN GARDENS 2020

Hampton Bishop Virtual Open Gardens 2020 – Grand Total Update

Many of us enjoyed watching the fifteen exquisite village gardens, from the comfort of our own homes that were launched back in May this year. The brainchild of our dear Ali Watkins, the virtual open gardens were a response to lockdown and sheer determination on her part that we could still get to enjoy the efforts of so many talented gardeners in the village and of course, raise funds for local charities. It was also the first virtual fund-raising event of its kind for St Michael’s Hospice. Each garden had their own dedicated video, expertly filmed by Sophie Jones with original and immersive music from Tom Hughes to accompany each tour. The donations started to roll-in and the tours proved so successful that they were kept online right up until the end of the summer. Online donations to St Michael’s Hospice totalled £1,900 which is a fantastic amount of money. Thanks must go to our wonderfully creative gardeners, Sophie and Tom and of course, lovely, beautiful Ali who was sadly taken away from us in June. We know that Dave, Rory and Erin are extremely proud. Our thanks to everyone who donated and helped too spread the word.

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2020 should have been the first Hampton Bishop Open Gardens in conjunction with St Michael’s Hospice. Over 10 gardens kindly agreed to open to the public on May 30th and 31st, 2020. Due to the mild winter, garden owners have had the opportunity to carry out numerous gardens projects and spend time in their gardens. Despite the February floods, the gardeners were still keen to open and take advantage of the warm early Spring weather. The enthusiasm for the Open Gardens event has been overwhelming.


Then were hit by the Covid-19 lockdown. As a consequence, all of the Hospice fundraising events were cancelled. Understandably, all of the garden owners were disappointed as this meant that they were not able to share their beautiful gardens with visitors. In true Hampton Bishop style, we will not be defeated!


Virtual Open Gardens

We are delighted to announce that we will be going live on Saturday 30th May with our virtual Open Gardens. This will be a first for the Hospice Open Garden programme. The wonderful news is that we now have 15 gardens as part of the event.


All income streams for Charities like St Michael’s Hospice have been severely affected by the current Covid-19 crisis. Our aim is to raise, funds to support St Michael’s Hospice, St Andrew’s Church, Hampton Bishop and The Emmy Coates Thyroid Cancer Research Fund at The Royal Marsden.


If you would like to view our 15 glorious gardens do browse our video gallery below. Sit back and immerse yourself in a breathtaking array of colour and light. Turn up your sound as Tom Hughes mesmerising music accompanies you around each garden. Please make a donation using the donate button at the top of the video gallery.


To tempt you further - take a glance at the glorious selection of images in the photo gallery at the bottom of this page where you'll be able to view close-ups of plants and flowers all featured in our gardens. A visual feast for the eyes!


Our huge thanks to Tom Hughes who has composed the music and produced the videos. Tom is a music practitioner, resident music teacher at Mordiford School and music director of the local community choir. Tom's music has been broadcast on several BBC radio stations and he is the author of a short story called The Magic of Mordiford, an audiobook and music book. More recently he has produced and released a book of music by the fantastic Welsh folk trio ALAW and composed a piece of music for folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll. Earlier this year he produced the sheet music for songs of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac and Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James which have also been published. The music used to accompany the videos is taken from his CD of relaxing piano pieces called 'Melodious' available to buy here. Also, Sophie Jones for her video footage and photography. Sophie is a creative thinker and graphic designer with an impressive portfolio. She produces a variety of bespoke graphics and artwork including illustration gifts, pet portraits and wedding stationary. Finally, Kate La Barre for her communication skills. This event would not have been possible without the kind generosity, passion and commitment of all of the gardens owners, so we are truly grateful.


We hope that we will still be able to have an actual Open Garden later in the summer, by kind invitation of Mary Ann Robinson and Colin Campbell, depending on Covid-19 guidelines.


Alongside our plans for the virtual Open Gardens we have a couple of plant stalls around the village. These are selling home-grown plants and vegetables. The plant stalls have been a great success and to date we have over £600, which is superb.


Please do tell your friends and family about our virtual Open Gardens. Thank you so much for your support.


Ali Watkins (Event Coordinator)

To make a donation, please click the button below. Please select 'Hampton Bishop Open Gardens' when asked what prompted you to donate. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO ST MICHAEL'S HOSPICE

VIDEO GALLERY

To make a donation, please click the button below. Please select 'Hampton Bishop Open Gardens' when asked what prompted you to donate. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO ST MICHAEL'S HOSPICE

EMMY COATES MEMORIAL GARDEN

ALISON WATKINS - EVENT COORDINATOR

SOPHIE JONES - MEDIA FOOTAGE & PHOTOGRAPHY

KATE LA BARRE - WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA

TOM HUGHES - MUSIC & VIDEO PRODUCTION


THANK YOU TO:

Everyone who has worked behind the scenes on this project.

The villagers of Hampton Bishop for sharing their beautiful gardens.

Everyone who has donated and supported the fundraising events.

St Michael's Hospice.


THE GARDENS:

Box Tree Cottage

Broxwood House

The Chimneys

Church Bells

Jays Nest

Kingsmere

Lower House

Oak Court

Old Court Cottage

Old Rectory Cottage

Pentilo Cottage

Saffron House

The Stone Barn

The Studdies

Thatched Cottage


Please click on the blue text to be linked to further information and websites.

To view in full screen mode - click on the box in the bottom right-hand corner of the video.

PHOTO GALLERY