Beautiful West Boldon garden is open to eager visitors

Sue Jackson in the award winning back lane garden of Hamilton Terrace, West Boldon, which will be open to the public for a St Benedict's Hospice fund raising event on July 12.

Sue Jackson in the award winning back lane garden of Hamilton Terrace, West Boldon, which will be open to the public for a St Benedict's Hospice fund raising event on July 12.

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AN AWARD-WINNING garden is all set for its yearly public showing.

Residents of Hamilton Terrace, in West Boldon, will be opening the doors to their prized garden to raise money for charities.

Sue Jackson, a keen gardener, came up with the idea to revamp the run-down lane behind her home more than 12 years ago and the project just kept growing.

The former derelict site has been featured on BBC Gardeners’ World and the Tyne Tees television series Northern Glories, as well as winning a string of Northumbria in Bloom awards.

The area is used by all the residents in the street as a community garden.

Sue said: “We open it up for a day every year and this must be about the 11th time we have done it.

“In the past we have had up to 700 people visit in one day and we want as many as possible to come along this year, so we can raise as much money as we can for the charities.”

This year the money raised will be shared between Sunderland’s St Benedict’s Hospice, the PDSA animal charity and East Boldon Scout Group.

The open day will be held this Sunday from noon to 4pm. Entry is £2.50 or free to children and there will also be refreshments and plants for sale.

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