A SECOND virtual tour of Oxton's secret gardens in aid of local charities will take place tomorrow.

The popular Secret Gardens of Oxton festival has been cancelled again this year because of Covid, but you can still enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home.

Dozens of videos and photographs of some of the village’s stunning private and public gardens will be shown free on the internet on Sunday.

Money raised from sponsorship, raffles and voluntary online donations will be split between the Oxton Society and Friends of the Arno.

The event is also supporting Wirral Foodbank again by placing food donation boxes in Oxton Village.

Organiser Kirsty Cotton said: "The Secret Gardens of Oxton usually attracts around 4,000 visitors and is the highlight of the local calendar so it was a blow when last year's event was cancelled during the first lockdown.

"We decided that if people couldn't come to the gardens, then the gardens would come to them and we hosted a 'virtual' event online which attracted more than 2,500 visitors and raised £3,000 for Wirral Foodbank.

"We have had to stage the event online again this year because of current restrictions and we're hoping it will be just as successful.

"We have more than 25 beautiful gardens and flower displays to show, musical performances by local entertainers, fun quizzes and a live raffle draw with some amazing prizes up for grabs that have been donated by Oxton businesses."

The event runs from 10am and 4pm on 'Oxton Secret Gardens Facebook page but you don’t have to be on Facebook to see it.

Simply put https://www.facebook.com/oxtonsecretgardens in your browser to access it.

The 'Virtual' Secret Gardens of Oxton 2021 is sponsored by Bogans Carpets, Revive Stone Walls, Brennan Ayre O’Neill, OvenPro, Ewer-Roberts Flowers, Edwards at Oxton, Bon Bakery, The Oxton Artists, Oxton Electrical, Eraklis Developments and Host.