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Red Cross Open Gardens
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
and County Durham 2017

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Open Gardens allows keen gardeners to share their passion, while helping people in crisis. Meanwhile, you can go along for a nosey - and maybe get a cup of tea and slice of cake. Other gardens go even further and offer cream teas, light lunches, plant sales, treasure trails and more.
All takings go directly to the Red Cross

You’re in for a real treat this year. There are more gardens opening for the British Red Cross than ever before. The reason why people open their garden is to share their much-loved plot and raise valuable funds to support our work.
We are constantly amazed by the efforts of our wonderful garden owners. You’ll find pocket-sized town plots and country cottage gardens among this year’s offerings – each and every one of them different but equally intriguing. Some garden owners offer teas and plant sales, and others, music and canapés. Expect the unexpected and enjoy a relaxed and informative visit.
Last year, while serving tea in a garden, I had the chance to talk to many visitors. I was amazed how far and wide they had travelled to get there. Many had found a garden through word of mouth. So, this year I ask you to spread the word about our wonderful scheme. Thank you to everyone involved – garden visitors, garden owners and volunteers. You all make our scheme work and for that the whole team are truly grateful.

Happy gardening. (Tamsin Westhorpe - British Red Cross Open Gardens ambassador)

All garden openings are on a SUNDAY unless otherwise stated.


Polemonium Plantery Red Cross Garden26 Feb 2017 Polemonium Plantery

* Also open 25 June
A series of small gardens, including a south-facing gravel garden, pergola garden, herb and alpine yard, and cottage garden (north-facing). See how to make the maximum use of small spaces, and enjoy the herb nursery and home- baked teas.

  • 2pm-5pm - Entrance: Adults: £2.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: 28 Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Station, County Durham, TS29 6HF
  • Directions:
    Seven miles East of Durham City on the B1278, at the South end of Trimdon Grange. Turn east at St Albans Church, then take the first right.
  • By kind permission of: David & Dianne Nichol-Brown

Blagdon Hall Red Cross Garden18 April 2017 Blagdon Hall

This garden is one of the garden scheme's oldest and finest. Blagdon Hall provides a great day out, with its beautiful, colourful and extensive grounds. These include an arboretum and quarry garden.

  • 12pm-4pm - Entrance: Adults: £5.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Blagdon Hall, Seaton Burn, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE13 6DB
  • Directions: Follow the old A1 road, two miles North of Seaton Burn.
  • Garden owner: Lord and Lady Ridley

Stagshaw House Red Cross Garden04 June 2017 Stagshaw House

This formal terraced garden is well established and has beautiful views of the Tyne Valley. There are woodland walks, with rhododendrons and azaleas.

  • 12pm-5:30pm - Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Stagshaw House, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland, NE45 5PG
  • Directions: Two miles north of Corbridge, on the A68
  • By kind permission of: Mr and Mrs Burnell

On top of the garden delights, there is a herd of alpaca in the park, tennis and croquet, plus music during the afternoon and chapel evensong at 5pm.

Little Harle Tower Red Cross Garden11 June 2017 Little Harle Tower

* New for 2017
These extensive gardens surround a 14th century Grade 11* pele tower - with mature woodland and shrub & herbaceous borders surrounding a two-acre lawn and there is a quarter-mile ha-ha offering stunning views over Kirkharle Estate. A Georgian walled garden has an orchard, cut flowers & vegetables grown for the restaurant trade.

  • Open: 2pm-5pm - Entrance: Adults: £5.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Kirkwhelpington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE19 2PD
  • Directions: Follow the old A1 road, two miles North of Seaton Burn.
  • By kind permission of: Mrs Kitty Anderson

Chillingham Castle Red Cross GardenSat. 17 June 2017 Chillingham Castle

This rare survival from 1828 is the work of Royal garden designer, Sir Jeffrey Wyatville: fresh from his royal triumphs at Windsor. The urns and statues are inexpensive modern composite copies, but give an atmosphere of originality. The famous herbaceous border is the longest in Northern England. The far wall, fifteen feet thick, was a jousting ‘grandstand’ in ancient days, and it once extended around the castle grounds.

  • 12pm-4pm - Entrance: Adults: £3.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, ALNWICK, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ
  • Directions:
    If you are travelling from the south, take the A1 North towards Berwick upon Tweed. Approximately 15 miles North of Alnwick, you will approach the Purdy Lodge service station. Drive about 200 yards North of here until you come across a sign to Chillingham Castle, on the left side of the road. Turn left here off the A1. Follow signs to Chatton. Drive through the village of Chatton. When you exit the village, turn left and follow this road for just over one mile, until you reach the main gates on the left.
  • By kind permission of: Sir Humphrey Wakefield

Halton Castle Red Cross Garden25 June 2017 Halton Castle

This terraced garden has herbaceous borders, shrubs, and lawns, with beautiful views over the Tyne Valley.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Halton Castle, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland, NE45 5PH
  • Directions: Turn off the A68, one mile North of Corbridge.
  • By kind permission of: Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett

There will be homemade teas and plant stall. There is also a church with Norman origins within the estate.

Fallodon Hall Red Cross Garden25 June 2017 Fallodon Hall

These are formal gardens in traditional grounds. There is a lake and some lovely woodlands, with specimen trees and a kitchen garden.

  • 2pm-5:30pm - Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Fallodon Hall, Christon Bank, ALNWICK, Northumberland, NE66 3HF
  • Directions:
    A1, five miles North of Alnwick. Turn off to Christon Bank (B6347) Lodge and gates after two miles.
  • By kind permission of: Mr and Mrs Mark Bridgeman

Polemonium Plantery Red Cross Garden25 June 2017 Polemonium Plantery

A series of small gardens, including a south-facing gravel garden, pergola garden, herb and alpine yard, and cottage garden (north-facing). See how to make the maximum use of small spaces, and enjoy the herb nursery and home- baked teas.

  • 2pm-5pm - Entrance: Adults: £2.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: 28 Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Station, County Durham, TS29 6HF
  • Directions:
    Seven miles East of Durham City on the B1278, at the South end of Trimdon Grange. Turn east at St Albans Church, then take the first right.
  • By kind permission of: David & Dianne Nichol-Brown

Capheaton Hall Red Cross Garden02 July 2017 Capheaton Hall

* New for 2017
Capheaton Hall has beautiful views over a magnificent park. Formal ponds sit south of the house, which has an 18th century conservatory and a walk to a Georgian folly. The outstanding feature is the very productive walled garden, mixing colourful vegetables, espaliered fruit with annual and perennial owering plants. The impressive greenhouses are filled with peaches, nectarines and figs.

  • Open: 2pm-5pm - Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Capheaton Hall, Capheaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE19 2AB
  • Directions:
    From the south, turn left off the A696. Come into Capheaton Village and turn left down private road. From the north, turn right off the A696 signposted Capheaton.
  • By kind permission of: Mrs Eliza Browne-Swinburne

Walwick Grange House Red Cross Garden02 July 2017 Walwick Grange House

This peaceful and sheltered traditional country house garden overlooks the River North Tyne. There are lawns, herbaceous borders, a rose garden, shrubs, old walls and some riverside views.

  • 2pm-5:30pm - Entrance: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Walwick Grange, Humshaugh, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE46 4BH
  • Directions:
    Situated on the B6319, about halfway between Chollerford and Warden. The entrance gateway (stone pillars and white gate) is on an elbow bend, close to Farm Steading.
  • By kind permission of: Mr and Mrs Douglas-Menzies

There will be homemade teas and plant stall. There is also a church with Norman origins within the estate.

Kirky Cottage Red Cross Garden08 & 09 July 2017 Kirky Cottage

* New for 2017
Having left Mindrum four years ago in the capable hands of her son Tom and his family, Ginny Fairfax has created a much smaller garden 500 yards away at Kirky Cottage on Mindrum Farm. Many favourable plant cuttings from the old garden have moved with her, establishing remarkably quickly.

  • Open: 10am-5:30pm - Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Kirky Cottage, 12 Mindrum Farm Cottages, Mindrum, Northumberland, TD12 4QN
  • Directions:
    Six miles south-west of Coldstream. Nine miles north-west of Wooler on B6352. Four miles north of Yetholme. Five miles from Cornhill on Tweed.
  • By kind permission of: Mrs Ginny Fairfax

Eland Green Farm Red Cross Garden16 July 2017 Eland Green Farm

This well-developed garden is in a lovely area. Around two acres, it includes lawns, herbaceous shrubs and trees. No dogs. Car parking available.

  • 11am-4:30pm - Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £1.00
  • Address: Eland Green Farm, Ponteland, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE20 9UR
  • Directions:
    A696 Ponteland: in the centre of the village at the mini-roundabout, take the North Road, signposted Morpeth. Eland Green Farm is exactly half-a-mile from the roundabout, on the right-hand side of the road. Look for the grass, with trees outside. Exactley opposite number 97 North Road.
  • By kind permission of: Ms Clare Stephenson

Newbrough Hall Red Cross Garden16 July 2017 Newbrough Hall

This is a very colourful walled garden with shrubs and roses, plus you can enjoy a woodland garden with specimen trees and grounds. Dogs must be on leads. Car parking available.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance: Adults: £5.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Newbrough Hall, Newbrough, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 5AJ
  • Directions:
    Four miles west of Hexham, drive through Fourstones and into Newbrough. Turn right at Newbrough Hall, which is 150 yards after the school.
  • By kind permission of: Hon M H and Mrs Beaumont

The garden opens jointly with Newbrough Hall, which is a three-quarters-of-a-mile, scenic walk across fields. Entrance to both gardens is £5.

Newbrough Lodge Red Cross Garden16 July 2017 Newbrough Lodge

A formal walled garden in a beautiful area. It is well stocked with shrubs and roses. There is also a woodland garden with specimen trees, plus homemade teas, a tennis court, and a parish church open at the drive entrance.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance: Adults: £5.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address:Newbrough Lodge, Newbrough, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 5AT
  • Directions:
    Four miles west of Hexham. Drive through Fourstones and Newbrough. A quarter-of-a-mile out of the village, turn right by the church.
  • By kind permission of: Mr and Mrs Mark Liddell

The garden opens jointly with Newbrough Hall, which is a one-mile scenic walk across fields. Entrance to both gardens is £4.

Lilburn Tower Red Cross Garden23 July 2017 Lilburn Tower

These large formal gardens have a walled garden and a large glasshouse, lawns and conservatory. There is also a woodland walk with pond garden.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Lilburn Tower, West Lilburn, ALNWICK, Northumberland, NE66 4PQ
  • Directions: On the A697, three miles South of Wooler, on the right side of the road, going North.
  • By kind permission of: Mr and Mrs Davison

Check out the 11th-century pele tower and 14th-century church, too - also within the estate.


Kirky Cottage Red Cross Garden06 Aug 2017 Newbiggin House

* New for 2017
Five acres of formal wild gardens. Features include interesting trees and shrubs, a pond bog garden, wild rose walks and extensive herbaceous borders. No dogs.

  • Open: 2pm-5pm - Entrance: Adults: £5.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Newbiggin House, Blanchland, Consett, County, Durham, DH8 9UD
  • Directions:
    Half a mile west of Blanchland on the Stanhope Road. Drive by a small circular green up the tarmac drive. Signpost is on the drive.
  • By kind permission of: Mrs Daphne Scott Harden

Thornley House Red Cross Garden27 Aug 2017 Thornley House

Spot the feline theme in this child-friendly garden, which is an acre in size. Real cats and ornamental animals enhance the safari for youngsters: two giant Maine coons and a red Burmese. The garden includes woodland, a stream, pond, rosa rugosa avenue, and some mixed planting.

  • 2pm-5pm - Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £1.00
  • Address: Thornley House, Thornley Gate, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 9NH
  • Directions:
    From Allendale town, go downhill from the Allendale Inn public house for one mile, to 5 Road Junction. Cross the junction and into Thornley House Drive. There is a large cat sign at the front of the entrance.
  • By kind permission of: Mrs E Finn

Enjoy some live classical piano during the day. There are also some donkeys in the field, and a pussy cat cemetery.


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