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A beautiful, five-acre country garden near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire is opening its gate to visitors on the weekend of June 18 19.

Katherine’s Farm Garden in Swinhay has a varied landscape which includes ferns, a woodland glade, flowerbeds and an herbaceous border.

The garden owners keep rare poultry breeds which live in a grand residence, inspired by the gothic-style chicken house at Highgrove, the Gloucestershire home of Prince Charles.

The garden has been created by the family in memory of their daughter, Katherine Meyer, who died of cancer at St Peters Hospice in Bristol in 2012, aged just 41. Her father, Richard Meyer, founded the Cock-a-Doodle-Do! Trust to celebrate Katherines love of gardening and chickens and to raise money and awareness of the work that hospices do.

Richard Meyer says: “Its been three years since we were able to open the garden, due to Covid. The pandemic has had a massive impact on fundraising for Hospices, as most events had to be cancelled.

“This year, more than ever, come and see the garden, enjoy a cup of tea and some delicious cakes (some only come for the cakes!) and help us to raise some much-needed funds for the amazing work that our Hospices do.”

The garden is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 19, from 11am to 6pm, in aid of the ‘Cock a Doodle-Do! Trust. Groups are welcome to visit by appointment. Please phone Richard Meyer on 01453 843 329 to arrange in advance.  Entry costs £5 for adult, entry for children under 16 is free. Homemade teas will be available from 2pm each day.

All proceeds go to St Peters Hospice, Longfield Hospice, Jessie May and Children’s Hospice South West.

Find the garden at Katharine’s Farm, Swinhay, Gloucestershire, GL12 7PH.

To find out more, see: https://www.cockadoodledo.org.uk/