22nd Sep, 2019

Hewell prison to throw open its gates for National Garden Scheme charity

THE GARDENS of HMP Hewell between Redditch and Bromsgrove are to be opened to the public in support of the National Garden Scheme.

It’s a unique opportunity to see the grounds of the former stately home which is now a working prison.

It’s open on Saturday, May 4 from 9am to 3.30pm and admission is £5 with children going free.

The gardens were designed by two of the nation’s greatest landscape gardeners: Humphrey Repton and Lancelot (Capability) Brown and are well worth a visit for this popular charity.

The grounds are not a flower garden however the tours will take in a bluebell wood, the lake and Repton bridge, formal gardens, water tower, rock garden and mature woodland.

As it is a prison, all visitors will be escorted in small groups and need to pre-book for admittance by email to roy.jones01@hmps.gsi.gov.uk before arrival.

No booking will result in no entry as this is a working prison. Refreshments will be available in aid of another charity.

Originally set up to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme is now the largest single fundraiser of nursing and caring charities in the UK.

It also supports charities doing work in gardens and health, grants bursaries to help community gardening projects and supports gardeners at the start of their career.

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