Straw-y-telling at horticultural haven

Open gardens 2 - Castlethorpe
Open gardens 2 - Castlethorpe

IF we win the lottery this weekend, we will make a substantial offer to the owners of the house on the left, for it is our dream property, writes Sammy Jones.

The stunning thatched cottage is set among the village beauty of Castlethorpe, which this week is hosting its second Open Gardens event.

“Castlethorpe is the epitome of village life, steeped in history and nestling in the beautiful countryside of Milton Keynes,” organiser Geraldine Sweetland told us.

“Villagers are very happy to open their gardens again this year, and preparations for the Scarecrow Trail are shaping up to be even more impressive than 2009, when we received amazing feedback.”

A couple of those wooden folk who attracted so much attention the last time around, are below left – meet Hoody Scarecrow and Windy Miller.

Straw-y-telling folks aside, visitors can look forward to home-made Ploughman lunches and cream teas in the village hall, and the chance to take a closer look at the church and school, which are opening their doors all weekend.

Tickets, which can be purchased in the village hall itself, are £5 (£12 for a family ticket) and allow admission both days.

The gardens open between 11am and 4pm.

Escape the new city bustle in favour of picturesque tranquility.