Clare Downing, a resident of Goostrey who previously organised Open Gardens in Lymm, Cheshire for over 10 years,  would like to propose the following idea for Goostrey Village:

“I would love to know if people are interested in opening their gardens one afternoon in Summer 2022 for a charitable cause.

Spare time over lockdown has provided so many of us with the opportunity to enhance our outdoor spaces.

The event is a chance for people to tour 10 gardens in Goostrey villlage in one afternoon.

All revenue from ticket sales would be donated to a local charity, and we would ensure that each host garden is insured for public liability etc.

The ticket price would include a map of the village with the locations marked together with a brief description.

I would be looking for a variety of gardens to make the event interesting and entertaining- from large to pocket sized, cottage garden, traditional to modern.

In addition, to add to the fun and interest, each garden host could host their own mini event if they wanted to raise additional funds for their own favourite charity. Mini events in the past have included afternoon teas, plant sales, Pimm’s and raffles”. Said Clare.

If you are interested in taking part, or helping her to organise the event please contact Clare Downing or call 07966 160079 , she would love to hear from you.

Clare’s Garden



Yours Truly,

Charlotte Fellows

Researcher and Writer




 Sarah McNaught

Managing Director



  1. Reply

    I had the pleasure to meet Clare last week and felt her sparkling energy coming from this entrepreneurial spirit, to organise such a fun event, and raise funds for needy causes.
    Good luck!
    I hope will feature the progress upcoming.

    • Reply

      What a lovely thing to say!! Great to meet you too and delighted that people so far seem keen to get this off the ground.

  2. Reply

    What a fabulous idea! I’m working on my new house and garden this year but would love to participate ext summer!

    • Reply

      Hi Karen, it’s Clare Downing. Great news and thank you so much for replying. I’m on holiday abroad at the moment but back mid July. Send me your details and perhaps we can catch up when I get back?

      Kind regards

  3. Reply

    So far has received over 80 page views about Clare’s Open Gardens initiative.

    • Reply

      As of today 111 people have shown interest in The Open Gardens.

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