Vineyard among attractions at Congham open gardens event

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A West Norfolk parish will play host to a unique open garden event this month in order to raise funds for a local church.

Congham is the venue for an event run by local residents in order to raise money for new facilities in St Andrew’s Church.

There will be six open gardens and a vineyard open to the public on Sunday, June 29, which will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of designs and styles by different local gardeners.

Alongside the gardens, St Andrew’s will have various attractions including a raffle, and an exhibition and a plant stall inside the church, with tea and cakes also available on the day.

All the proceeds raised are going towards the construction of new kitchen and toilet facilities at the church.

Villager Helen Lilley, part of the team organising the event, explained that the vineyard is what makes this particular open garden special.

She said: “There are very few vineyards at these kind of events in Norfolk, so this gives an opportunity for people to come and experience one.”

The funds raised from the event will directly help the church and the small village of a few hundred people.

St Andrew’s Church dates back to the Middle Ages and is the only remaining one of three churches that once stood in the parish.

The village was also the site of a Roman villa and some painted plaster from that is preserved in Lynn Museum.

n Check for details of other open gardens in West Norfolk.