A WIRRAL garden that has received a green fingered seal of approval from celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh will be among those opening their doors to the public this weekend to raise money for cancer research.

Thirteen of Caldy Village's most beautiful and unique gardens will welcome visitors and gardening enthusiasts on June 22 as part of the annual Open Gardens event, now in its 10th year.

This year, visitors will have the chance to look around an extra special garden which was selected by Alan Titchmarsh to appear on his hit TV programme Love Your Garden as its modern design and attention to detail offered inspiration for a similar garden restoration.

Entrance costs £7.50 - including free tea and homemade cake - with all proceeds donated to North West Cancer Research, Incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research (NWCR).

Visitors will be able to explore the gardens, which feature a mix of modern, traditional, cottage and courtyard designs in their own time.

The event has been organised by John and Ann Lewys-Lloyd together with friends and neighbours in Caldy.

John, a director of NWCR, said: "Here in Caldy Village we have some of the most spectacular gardens in the region, with a great mix of designs, colours, plant life and features.

"Whether you're a gardening enthusiast, or just want to experience some tranquil surroundings and enjoy good home-made teas there is something for everyone to see and explore. It's a lovely way to spend the day especially when the weather is kind."

The Caldy committee has been raising money for NWCR for the past 10 years.

John added: "It's a fantastic charity, which helps facilitate cancer research projects that will directly benefit people in our local area, which is why we hope as many people as possible will come along on the day and show their support for the charity."

On arrival visitors will receive a map of Caldy Village identifying where each of the thirteen gardens are located.

Gardens have been grouped to allow opportunity to drive and park between them and visitors can select which gardens they would like to visit in their own time.

There will also be opportunity to buy plants from stalls along the way and there will be a raffle to raise further money for the charity. The top prize is two tickets for the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

  • Tickets for Caldy Village Open Gardens can be bought in advance for £6.50 by visiting nwcr.org/caldyvillagegardens-2314.html. Entrance on the day is available at £7.50.
  • Gardens open from 2pm - 6pm on Sunday June 22 and maps and tickets can be bought at Manor Farm, 100 Caldy Road.