Historic college campus joins Open Garden scheme day

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Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus is inviting visitors to see the results of recent efforts to restore its Victorian gardens to their former glory.

The college campus in Morley is taking part in the National Open Garden Scheme on Sunday, May 21, between 10am and 4pm.

Head gardener Samantha Harvey said: “Our students and volunteers have been working very hard to restore the gardens with a greater diversity of plants and a new rose garden at Broomfield.

“We are delighted to be part of the 90th National Open Garden Scheme as our goal is to expand our appeal as a visitor attraction and generate funds that we can re-invest into the further development of the gardens.”

The gardens date back to the building of the original hall by industrialist Charles Schwind in 1873.

The resotration was sparked by a £4,000 grant given to the college last year.

Visitors can opt for a guided tour of the 25 acre site to see the work undertaken by students and volunteers, or enjoy the grounds at their own pace.

Attractions include newly established plant varieties, walled, rose, tropical and themed gardens, lawns and woodland.

Light refreshments will be served and the plant centre will be open all day.

There will also be sessions with expert advice offered by horticulture lecturers and students – including the opportunity bring in samples of plants to diagnose problems.

The entrance fee is £3 for adults and children are free. Proceeds will go towards a number of local charities supported by the National Open Garden Scheme.