Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

Open Gardens 2018

The Open Gardens 2018 leaflet is available here.


Morville Hall Gardens 23rd September The gardens of Morville Hall will be included in the tour.

Open Garden Scheme 2017 Report

The Open Garden Scheme is now in its 25th year and in 2017 broke all records raising a total of £25,872 of which half comes to the Trust. The most outstanding performance was at Much Wenlock where we had 650 visitors and raised the incredible sum of £4,768.

The weather during the summer can perhaps best be described as indifferent but at least it did not rain on any of our events until September and this in itself was a record. But as autumn approached the weather was up to its usual tricks and our last 3 events were very wet. Throughout the programme we had some very good results and the total number of visitors during the season was 3,948.

Apart from Much Wenlock, 8 other events raised over £1000.Cardington came second with £2561 followed by Neen Sollars £1861, Golding £1838, Harley £1550, The Hurst £1429, Bishops Castle £1414, Stokesay £1200 and Morville (in spite of the rain) £1016. Our thanks go to all those who opened their gardens, both large and small, for their efforts and support which enabled us to put together such an interesting and wide ranging programme. Without their support the scheme could not prosper.

We have another exciting programme for 2018 comprising some 20 events including 3 new gardens which have not opened for us before-Broadward Hall, (HoptonHeath,) Westwood House (Oldbury), and School Cottages (Hook-a-Gate). It being an “even” year 4 of our major biennial trails will be “taking a rest”. So we must not expect to break many records this year . But with your help we shall produce a good result. So I do hope that you will visit as many gardens during the season as you can. It is the only way we can reward the garden openers and their army of helpers for all their efforts.

Finally I must thank my wife Gay for her support, for keeping me up to scratch and for all the work she does behind the scenes.

Our thanks are due to Savills for their sponsorship of our leaflet and our advertisers for their support.


Roland Bream