St Albans gardeners asked to help air ambulance service

Herts Air Ambulance Summer of Open Gardens 2015 starts at Bride Hall in Ayot St Lawrence

Herts Air Ambulance Summer of Open Gardens 2015 starts at Bride Hall in Ayot St Lawrence - Credit: Photo supplied

Green thumbs in St Albans and Harpenden have been asked to open their gardens for a good cause, to help support a local air ambulance service.

The inaugural Herts Air Ambulance summer of open gardens starts at beautiful Bride Hall in nearby Ayot St Lawrence this Saturday (4).

The event includes live music, local historical and horticultural groups, plant sales and refreshments.

A spokeswoman for the charity said that Bride Hall had an interesting history as Oliver Cromwell made his escape along one of the boundary walls of the estate, which is still standing.

Boasting history dating back over 850 years - hence its Grade II* listing - Bride Hall is a Jacobean House on the border of Wheathampstead.

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Jen Wall, volunteer manager at Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said she was keen to hear from local residents also willing to open their garden to visitors.

This will help raise vital funds for the charity which provides a free life-saving helicopter emergency medical service, including in the St Albans district.

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Jen said: “Your garden does not have to be huge; we are looking to involve gardens of all types and sizes that will provide pleasure and inspiration for visitors.”

For more information contact her at: or phone 0345 2417 690.

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