It is nearly the end of the St Luke’s Hospice open garden and the successful events have raised an impressive £11,500 so far.

The final open garden of 2022 takes place on Sunday August 14 in Grays.

Sanda Page, trustee of the open garden committee, said: “A special thanks goes to all the garden hosts who have so kindly donated their time and beautiful gardens to raise funds in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice. 

“Most gardens have offered refreshments and some plants to sell and a raffle. The gardens opened between May and August 2022 finishing with a Christmas Floral Arrangement Workshop on Friday 16th December.”

On Sunday August 14 the Badgers Dene Trail will take place from 2pm to 6pm, at numbers five and seven Orchis Grove, Badgers Dene, Grays, RM17 5JG.

It will also run at number 37 Bersham Lane, Badgers Dene, Grays, RM17 5EN.

There are three widely differing small gardens to enjoy, ranging from a formal manicured garden, gardens with more flowing planting consisting of a wide variety of shrubs and a highly eclectic garden with a huge range of quirky ornaments.

There will be an entrance fee of £5 per adult and £1 per child.

The scheme has also been supported by businesses including Ground Control, Fisher Jones Greenwood, Asda, Tesco, Henry de Gray and Billericay Lions.

If you are able to offer your garden to open for the scheme in 2023 or wish to have any further information, please email