If you're passionate about plants and gardens, or enjoy stunning surroundings, Saturday 23rd April is a date to remember.
Writtle University College, near Chelmsford, will be opening its beautiful green estate in support of the National Garden Scheme (NGS). The campus features over 1,000 different types of trees and 2,500 varieties of shrubs displayed in more than 160 borders.
Visitors can visit the on-site plant sale and enjoy a self-guided walk through the grounds, which include a tree-lined avenue and an arboretum. A plant propagation workshop will offer an interactive experience for adults and children.
The main campus also features ponds, a stream and quiet places to sit. Green spaces range from the leafy, shaded paths of the Hamilton Memorial Garden to a Mediterranean Garden that demonstrates how to create a dramatic landscape with plants that enjoy dry conditions.
Visitors are welcome to buy tea, coffee or other refreshments from the on-site food truck or can walk over the road to the nearby Tiptree Tearooms.
Horticulture students at Writtle University College said: "We're delighted to be supporting the National Garden Scheme's charitable work. Our campus gardens are beautiful and contain many stunning plants and beautiful pathways to explore. We look forward to welcoming members of the public to the University College on April 23rd."
Parking is available on the main campus and entry is £5 for adults and free for children. All proceeds are donated to NGS nominated charities. Last year, over £3 million was raised for nursing, health and garden charities with the three largest beneficiaries, Hospice, Marie Curie and Cancer Support, receiving over £1.5 million between them.
For more information, visit ngs.org.uk.