Secret Gardens of Oxton, May 10, 2020 – NOW CANCELLED
About the Event
The delightful Wirral conservation village of Oxton was to have hosted its 20th Secret Gardens of Oxton event on Sunday 10 May, 2020.
The Oxton Society has kept government advice under review with regard to corona virus and, because of the uncertainty over the next few months, has reluctantly taken the decision to CANCEL SECRET GARDENS FOR 2020. The Oxton Society would like to thank our partner charities, sponsors, volunteers, businesses, organisations, entertainers and garden owners for their support in planning this year’s event. 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 will be back in 2021. See you then!
Oxton’s (virtual) Gardens, 2020
BUT all is not lost! Over 30 Oxton Gardens plus local artists and performers have been showcased on a special FaceBook page which will be available for the next 3 months. The virtual event has been organised by a group of Oxton Society members and garden owners.
Unfortunately you have to be on Facebook to be able to view this page…. but worry not, they are sharing the highlights of the day on the original Secret Gardens of Oxton page that can be viewed by everyone. SO….simply search https://www.facebook.com/oxtonsecretgardens/ in your internet browser if you’re NOT on Facebook and https://www.facebook.com/groups/oxtonvirtualgardens/ if you are.
The event is supported by the Oxton Society
We hope that in some small way this will compensates for the cancellation. AND, in return visitors can make a donation to Wirral Food Banks via a link on the FB page.
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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