THE first garden to open for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) back in 1927 will be opening its gates to the public once again this weekend to help raise money for the many good causes supported by the NGS.

Spetchley Park, near Worcester, which has been home to the Berkeley family for more than 400 years, will be open on Good Friday March 30 from 11am to 6pm.

This historic garden has been lovingly created by successive generations of the family and boasts a unique and rare collection of plants, trees and shrubs from around the world.

The property is surrounded by glorious countryside and a deer park, as well as being almost hidden from the road, making it an ideal spot to “get away from it all”.

According to NGS, Spetchley is a garden for all tastes and ages and has a wondrous display of plants woven into a garden of many rooms and vistas.

Light refreshments will be available to buy and profits from the day go to the NGS charities including Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie Cancer Care; the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Parkinson’s UK.