Andrew and Tessa Wells are most grateful to all who visited their four charity garden openings at Mere House this spring.

Though all gardens are subject to the elements and this year has been no exception, with snowdrops flowering a month early, we opened for the National Garden Scheme with a summer’s day on 17 February with almost 300 visitors and most of them having tea on the lawn. Our next snowdrop day was accompanied by gales and rainstorms when 38 stalwarts came and dried out over tea in the house. Our daffodil days were boosted by Alexandra Campbell’s delightful article in The English Garden (March, pp 44-50) which encouraged NGS visitors and some garden groups on other days.

Visitors have raised £2,830 for the National Garden Scheme, whose beneficiaries include Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Perennial (the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society), while home-made tea sales have produced a further £681 for maintenance of the fabric of St Lawrence’s Church, Mereworth.

We welcome groups of ten or more at any time throughout the year by appointment.