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Historic Creake Abbey will host its annual botanical bonanza, Plant Lovers' Day, on Sunday, May 28.

Now in its 15th year, this popular horticultural event will showcase the best quality plants from around 30 nurseries from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex as well as leading nurseries from further afield.

Excellent-value perennials, annuals, exotics, bulbs, shrubs, climbers and classics such as roses will be on offer. Visitors are encouraged to buy direct from the nurseries or pre-order specific plants with collection on the day and to take full advantage of the advice and inspiration on offer from the region’s leading plantsmen.

Creake Abbey plant lovers' day
Creake Abbey plant lovers' day

Diana Brocklebank Scott, founder of Creake Abbey, said: “Gardening has never been such an important resource for nurturing ourselves as well as the environment. We are all becoming increasingly aware of the impact that wildlife-friendly gardens can have on biodiversity as well as on carbon capture. With the correct care and attention, our gardens should fizz with plant and insect life.

"Creake Abbey’s Plant Lovers’ Day is the perfect place to refresh your garden, regardless of its size, with new, interesting and healthy plants. Don’t miss out on this chance to put a spring in your step, reinvigorate your garden and help the environment too.”

Once again, proceeds from the day will go to Wells Community Hospital Trust. Over the past 14 years Creake Abbey has raised over £28,000 for the hospital through its annual Plant Lovers’ Day and subsequent donations.

Sarah Peberday, general manager of the trust said: "Alongside the many services we offer, our team has developed several initiatives to support the emerging needs of local people of all ages to ensure their health and wellbeing.

"We are particularly proud of our food bank. Over Christmas and the school holidays we were able to deliver fresh food hampers to families in need across coastal north Norfolk.

"Creake Abbey’s vital support will allow all of this hard work for our local community to continue.”

The gate opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. Entrance to the fair is £5 and there is no charge for under 16s. Dogs on leads are welcome but must not be left in cars.

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