For a small village such as ours it's a major undertaking, and our
success is not just measured in how much money we've raised, but in
the way almost everyone in our community gets involved, working together
for this very enjoyable and successful village event.
Our 2013 Garden Trail was held on Spring Bank Holiday, Monday May 27th – which unfortunately turned out to be one of the wettest days of the year!
• All this rain didn't deter Troutbeck villagers from opening their gardens to the few dozen visitors who braved the elements.
• Full waterproofs, wellies and umbrellas were the order of the day, and the Institute was kept full of people enjoying the fabulous food, great atmosphere, and shelter.
• Even though the number of visitors was much lower than previous years, the event was pronounced a huge success, despite the weather, and once again a great example of our community working together.
• We raised almost £2,000, an extremely good result for such a wet day.
• Once again Katharine Brown was out with her camera, and you can see (lots of) her pictures here.
Barn Cottage at the top of the village was the highest of fourteen gardens opened in 2011
Judith Cochrane awaiting visitors (and customers!)
Judith's potting shed was filled with crafts…
…including Jayne Musson's famous chicks !
Brollies were out for the first hour (but luckily the weather soon brightened)
Judith's plant stall was well stocked (and watered)
The Donsons welcoming visitors to High Green House
Fifteen Heritage Information boards were displayed throughout the village
Visitors on the lawn at Yew Tree Cottage
A beautiful stone planter at Yew Tree Cottage
Jan and Tony Ashton welcome visitors to Jawnie Wife House
Jawnie Wife House has a variety of trees, shrubs, flowering and non-flowering plants …
…and a wildflower meadow…
…leading down to a pond and boggy area
Some of Birkhead's many visitors
A few of Birkhead's eclectic collection of 'found' objects
Birkhead's lovely view towards Froswick
Bright sunshine soon dried the early morning showers
Ticket and raffle sales in the Institute
The plant and produce stall was a great success again
Maime Pearcey and Anthony Close arranging the plant display
Peter Froggatt celebrating another plant sold!
Kathleen France and friends awaiting visitors to Green Acres
Green Acres' lovely borders looking over Lake Windermere
The sweeping lawns at Beck Lodge
More sweeping lawns at High Cross Lodge
Visitors enjoying the sunshine at Townfoot
Looking across to The Toft's galleried garden from Townfoot
Rosemary Griffiths at Townfoot
Walking down into the steep garden at The Toft
Looking back to Town Foot from The Toft
Townend's curator Cathrien van Hak very kindly opened their gardens and car park
Ulla Elias demonstrated spinning in the sunshine outside Thwaite
Garden Trail signs showed the way along the trail
A sunny corner at The Cragg
Anne and Steve Kelly outside Shepherd's Cottage
Steve's beautiful water fountain and flower displays
Steve's productive (and well-defended) vegetable plots
Trees in the sunshine at Shepherd's Cottage
Working hard behind the scenes in the Village Institute
Where traditional home-made teas were served all day
A mouth watering spread!
A well-earned cuppa at the end of the day …
… and a glass of wine …
… to celebrate a great community event …
… our most successful Garden Trail ever!
We raised almost £6000 (a huge figure for a one-day event in such a small village) for South
Lakes First Responders, Jesus Church, the Village Institute, and
Trouteck Village Association
A perfect sunny day helped to attract
almost 600 visitors
Our new plant sale and ice
cream kiosk outside
The plant sale was a huge success
… thanks to lots of work in the potting sheds by Anthony
and Mary Close and their many helpers
Twelve gardens took part this year including
three new ones, and many 'regulars' like Matthew How
Also new this year were:
• our Famous Gardeners Quiz
• a new Beatrix Potter Children's Competition
• and ten beautiful new Heritage Info
We even had a minibus to help with the climb
up from the carpark, courtesy of
High Borrans and Alan Mitchinson
Our famous all-day teas were even busier than
ever this year
… with good natured queues right
to the door at lunchtime
It's no surprise with baking as good as this!
Jane Booth's many helpers had been baking
John Wharton was also ready for the rush for
Ticket sellers smiling at the door
Angela Pratt had a warm welcome for visitors
… exploring Yew Grove's beautiful
and productive garden
Simon Berry on his new lawn at Yew Tree Cottage
Christine Tinn leads the way at High Fold
Birkhead's gardens keep on getting better each
… despite having owners with 'very little knowledge'
Exploring The Cragg in glorious sunshine
Rosemary Griffith's bird bulletin at Matthew
The whole village was at its most colourful
Shepherds Cottage in Robin Lane
Visitors exploring outside Jawnie Wife House
… welcomed by the super-relaxed Tony and Jan Ashton
Judith Cochrane chatting to visitors to Barn
The stunning views from Barn
Cottage down to Lake Windermere
… And finally, yet another beautiful picture of our Garden
Trail by Val Corbett