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Gardens open for 20th year in Cheddleton

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

  • Eleven-year-old Lewis Binks from Cheddleton enjoying the scarecrows on Ox Pasture.

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Visitors to a Staffordshire Moorlands village were treated to an array of colourful flowers – and scarecrows.

The 20th Cheddleton Open Gardens took place over the weekend

The annual event is organised to raise money for the upkeep of Cheddleton's 12th Century Church, St Edward's.

St Edward's First School in Cheddleton participated in the event, along with members of the village's Scouts, Guides, Brownies, the Spinning Group and Twinning Association.

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The green-fingered celebration also included a colourful display of scarecrows, which had the theme of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Organiser for the event Julia Holt said: "Our open gardens event is always a great success due to the superb support we receive, but that does not mean it can't improve and this year it did.

"We are fortunate that many local businesses advertise through our programme and provide generous raffle prizes.

"The amount of people that came was extremely good. Saturday was our quietest day whereas Sunday was fabulous."

She added: "The school children looked after the gardens really well considering the eldest children were only aged eight, also the children helped to make scarecrows. Altogether the total of scarecrows that were made was around 35."

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