Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020 1:24 am by M. in ,    No comments
Today, April 24 and tomorrow, April 25, a couple of Brontë-related gardens will be open to visit, courtesy of the Thornton Open Gardens initiative:
Thornton Open Gardens

Approx 9 gardens open Thornton, near Bradford, West Yorkshire
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July 2020
12.00noon to 5.00pm

A fascinating selection of beautiful hillside gardens in the birthplace of the Brontës. The gardens range from a work in progress family garden to a terraced hillside plot, some have wildlife ponds and wilderness corners. Several gardens have vegetable plots and others have extensive herbaceous borders and shrubberies. Some are small and hidden away and some are extensive and have wonderful views of Thornton Viaduct. One of these is the garden of Kipping House where Elizabeth Firth, friend of the Brontës, lived.

As well as the private gardens, you can visit the community-run Sapgate Garden, some of the unique hedged Top Royd allotments as well as the gardens in the Bell Chapel where Patrick Brontë used to preach. To get from one garden to another be sure to explore the snickets and ginnels wending their way through the village.

The Community Centre marks the start of the route around the gardens. Refreshments are available at several village locations. Dogs on a lead welcome.

All proceeds to Sapgate Gardens and to Thornton Community Centre.

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