Show off your garden and raise funds for the Red Cross with their new ‘Proud of your Garden’ fundraising scheme.
Open your garden or allotment site this summer and you can make a real difference to people in the UK and around the world affected by emergencies, disasters, and conflicts.
Great ideas for garden openings include a Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea with strawberries and cream; sports afternoons for families complete with traditional egg and spoon, sack or wheelbarrow races; and a French-themed picnic for Bastille Day on July 14th.
Light up the garden with strings of fairy lights, solar-powered lights or tea lights in jars and candle holders for a magical evening opening; or help your street get to know each other better by inviting them to a garden-centred street party. The possibilities are endless!
Getting your garden ready needn’t be stressful: here’s how to spruce it up a little before your big day.
- Mow the lawn the day before and trim the edges
- Sweep paths and patios and clean the garden furniture
- Dead head roses
- Add instant colour with hanging baskets
- Put out big cushions or picnic blankets to help guests feel at home
Sign up at www.redcross.org.uk/proudofyourgarden and you can download an organiser’s pack complete with ready-made invitations.