Good causes in Fife benefited by more than £43,000 during 2014 thanks to the success of the Scotland’s Gardens scheme.
The scheme involves privately-owned gardens being opened to the public, with 60 per cent of proceeds going to Scotland’s Gardens’ own benficiary charities, and 40 per cent going to a charity chosen by the garden owners themselves.
As a result, a number of charitable organisations have received a windfall, including Brownies, Guide and Scout groups, preservation societies, local churches and community centres, SSAFA Fife and larger, national charities.
Fife Garden Festival alone, which was held in June, raised almost £13,000, with the St Andrews-based cancer research charity Worldwide Cancer Research (formerly AICR) receiving 40 per cent of the funds.
Now Scotland’s Gardens is planning another major event for 2015, the Angus and Fife Garden Trail.
Running over May and June, the event provides an opportunity to see 12 very different privately owned gardens, several of which have rarely admitted visitors before.
It also offers a very flexible way to see the gardens as visitors can either go to all of them over the weekends of May 26-28 or June 2-4, or take two months to visit them all.
The trail includes four gardens in Angus and eight in Fife, with Worldwide Cancer Research benefiting again along with Macmillan Cancer Support Brechin.
Tickets went on sale recently and already £1900 has been raised.
“The gardens represent a diverse range of character and design, from the beauty and scent of a bluebell wood in late spring to a garden designed around the ancient art of herbal medicine,” said Sally Lorimore of Scotland’s Gardens.
“Some gardens are symmetrical and formal while others are flowing and irregular.
“So please help us to help our community while sharing some of our best gardens with you.”
For more information, visit www.scotlandsgardens.org