Views to admire in Holme’s open gardens

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Garden enthusiasts paused to admire the views in Holme-next-the-Sea when the village held its annual open gardens for the twentieth time on Sunday.

Ten gardens, big and small, were open to the public with waterscapes greeting the public in more than one.

An unusual sight in one garden was a flock of Soay sheep, a hardy Hebridean breed that in its natural habitat feed mainly on seaweed.

The event is organised by the Help Holme church group and its rector, the Rev Susan Bowden-Pickstop, praised their contribution.

She said: “They are a wonderful group who help support the fabric of the church. We couldn’t go on without them.”

Last year the event raised £3,000, despite bad weather, so the organisers hope it will be more this year.

“Just as important as raising money is how the event builds the sense of community in Holme. It was lovely to see the buzz of people all round the village,” said the Rev Bowden-Pickstock.