Barkingside gardener opening minature world to visitors in aid of hospice

A magical Barkingside garden will be open to visitors to raise money for charity next Sunday (19).

Maureen Keating is opening her garden at 254 Ashurst Drive for the second time this summer in aid of St Francis Hospice.

The space is full of surprises, including a miniature railway and model village with its own pub.

Although the garden is only 30ft by 40ft, it has seven water features including a waterfall, log water feature and glass bottle installation and six seating areas.

Areas are dedicated to themes including the seaside, woodlands and Japan.

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Maureen said keeping her garden in shape has been a “tremendous challenge” this year.

She added: “The weather has been against us so it’s been an uphill struggle. But if I say so myself, it does look beautiful.”

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Earlier this year, the garden got to the final 12 of the Daily Mail’s national garden competition.

Refreshments and a plant sale will be on offer on the day and all proceeds will go to St Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.

The garden will open from 12.30pm to 5pm on August 19. Entry costs �2.50.

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