A tour of a rare collection of snowdrops in Gloucestershire has raised more than £600 for R.A.B.I.
Colesbourne Park – described as England’s greatest snowdrop garden – covers some 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The estate is owned by Sir Henry and Lady Elwes.
Sir Henry led the tours, joined by his head gardener Chris Horsfall, to give a unique and personal history of Colesbourne Park, providing a fascinating account of his family’s commitment to establishing a remarkable and diverse winter garden with some 200-300 different varieties of snowdrop.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “We are extremely grateful to Sir Henry and Lady Elwes and our Gloucestershire committee for making this event such a resounding success.
“It’s been a difficult year for many in the farming world but it’s heartening to see rural communities come together to support those who are struggling, often through no fault of their own.”
Last year, R.A.B.I gave out grants of £1.9 million, including close to £40k in Gloucestershire, and helped farming people claim £390k in state benefits.