Secret Gardens, CANCELLED but Oxton’s (Virtual) Secret Gardens on May 9th
About the Event
Planning for our Secret Gardens in May usually starts in January. In view of the uncertainty surrounding the the run-up we have sadly taken the decision to cancel this year’s Secret Gardens.
We would like to thank our partner charities, sponsors, volunteers, businesses, organisations, entertainers and garden owners for their support. We are so sorry to disappoint our visitors who make this event so special, but your health, and the health of all participants is our priority. We are as sad as you, but we expect to be back in 2022. See you then!
Oxton’s (virtual) Gardens, 2021
BUT all is not lost! We are working on another Virtual Gardens Event similar to 2021.
This year’s ‘Virtual’ Secret Gardens of Oxton will take play on Sunday, May 9 between 10am and 4pm.
Visitors will be able to access the event via Facebook by searching for https://www.facebook.com/oxtonsecretgardens in your internet browser. You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to access the page.
The page will be updated throughout the day with videos and pictures of gardens in Oxton’s conservation area as well as musical performances by local entertainers.
The event is free to view and any money raised from business sponsorship and voluntary donations will be shared between the Oxton Society and Friends of the Arno.
Last year’s virtual event was a huge success, attracting more than 2,500 visitors on the day and raising more than £3,000 for Wirral Foodbank.
The event will be supporting the Foodbank again by asking for food donations in various locations around the village over the Virtual Gardens weekend, so please think about adding an extra tin to your weekly shop for the collection.
If you haven’t registered your garden yet, it’s not to late. With this being an online event it’s an ideal opportunity for people with smaller gardens or balconies that don’t usually open to the public. For more details please email email@example.com
Secret Gardens 2019
Last year’s Secret gardens was a major success, helped by a beautiful day of sunshine which brought out the crowds in their thousands. Ticket sales were up by 10% on 2017 and over 3,000 visitors saw about 20 gardens. Our refreshments, Raffle and Plant Stall (Friends of the Arno) also made record returns, along with the children’s entertainments run by the Woodcraft Folk. A major departure was the Makers’ Market in the village centre, organised by Kate from Green’s shop with about 18 street food stalls and craft offerings – which proved to be very popular.
Since 2001, supported by over 400 volunteers, the event has raised over £320,000 for local charities. The 2019 charities, the Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk, Sundown’s, The Vikes Youth Club and The Oxton Society, shared over £20,000 proceeds. Secret Gardens won a Britain in Bloom (RHS) Award 2017.
View James O”Hanlon’s lovely photos of the 2019 event.
Thanks to our 2019 supporters
Many thanks to Bogans Carpet and Flooring Superstores (an Oxton family owned company), proud sponsors of Secret Gardens of Oxton and also for their major raffle prize. Thanks also to our other main sponsors, Brennan Ayre O’Neill, the independent local estate agency, The Courtyard Bar and Restaurant, The Shrewsbury Arms pub, Jack and Jill Day Nursery & Pre-School, Edwards News and all the other local businesses and individuals who made cash and prize donations.
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