Whatstandwell, near Crich, Derbyshire Sunday 8th August 2021
Whatstandwell is a Derbyshire village on a hillside. There are few gardens without some degree of slope and yet the gardeners have managed to create interesting and enjoyable spaces with terracing, steps and pathways. From many of them there are also attractive views across the Derwent valley to enjoy. Although garden numbers may be few it can take a while to enjoy a leisurely amble around the village to take them all in.
With the prospect of significant easing of restrictions and a completed vaccination program, it is thought that Open Gardens could go ahead this year. The date has been put back to allow for this. Any measures still necessary by then will be adhered to and if the situation deteriorates again a decision to cancel cannot be ruled out but hopefully will not be necessary.
The number of gardens open will by necessity have to be lower than normal. Some gardeners have decided not to open until the social situation in the country is completely back to normal. Their decision must be respected.
So to add to the event it has been decided to repeat the Art Trail element again this year. Exhibits by local artists will be set up and visitors will be able to enjoy these against the backdrop of the gardens. There will be the opportunity to buy artwork on the day and refreshments available here and there, including the Family Tree. For those who have visited before, there will be one or two gardens new to the event, or new features or access to areas which were previously closed off. Something to appeal to everyone then, whether first time or returning visitors.
All proceeds raised will as always be donated to one or more local charities.
Plant sales There will be plants for sale in at least one of the gardens which will have been grown locally by the gardener.
How to get event passports These can be purchased on the day from any of the participating gardens. A location map will be posted on the Open Gardens page of our village website.
Directions The village and gardens are easily accessible starting at the Family Tree on the A6 or from the village railway station. Parking is a little problematic but it is usually possible to find a space where you may be able to safely leave your car for a while. This would be recommended for those less able to manage the steepish walk from the bottom to the top of the village. Alternatively the railway station and nearest bus stop are only a short distance from the lower gardens from which a 10 to leisurely 20 minute walk should be time enough to get from the lower to the upper gardens.
Please have a look at the orientation map and details on our website.
Location County: Derbyshire Postcode for Sat Nav: DE4 5HG (please verify before travelling) Find approximate location on GoogleMaps (new window)
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